I'm a Reverb Reject: Updates

In case you were wondering, my vacation didn't turn from one week to three. I went to LA for a week without taking my own advice of checking the weather before I left and was met with 'cool' weather (nothing as serious as New York) but basically I was unprepared. Thank God I'm a jean-freak because I was able to rotate those 3 pairs, and recycle the sweaters I had taken with me. I had a great time being around friends and family which included meeting new babies and updating people on the changes in my life back in New York. I especially got plenty of quality time with my friend Dakota, she was like the perfect host and I will not forget the Sunday (which miraculously climbed to 76 degrees) at The Grove mall, and my tell-all dinner at the Wood Ranch Barbeque and Grill.

Now I'm back to the daily New York City grind. This December has been a very hard month to blog, mostly because I've been wanting to write, but I don't want to whine. Why the whining? Many reasons but generally I've been in this funk- affected in one way or another by the following thoughts:
  1. I'm having a hard time valuing the holidays without my grandmother (who is retired and moved back to Costa Rica).
  2. It's cold and I want to attribute my sadness to the weather.
  3. I've been feeling extremely lethargic. Sometimes I don't want to get out of bed until the PM.
  4. I've been anxious about 2011 because I've got some hard decisions to make (including another move!)
  5. I've been thinking about how to manage the direction of the content of this blog, should I make this my open online diary or should I get more professional and keep my life stories at a minimum?
  6. My relationship will also be going through major changes next year, and I feel like I have no control over the situation.
Have you ever felt like the New Year was overwhelming before it even got here?

Maybe this is the reason why I wanted to send out some positive reverberations with this online initiative- you might recognize it #Reverb 10. I was only one of 4,000 subscribers to sign up for e-mail prompts. Now those prompts have built-up in my inbox, taunting me, like some school assignment I wasn't responsible enough to complete. Unfortunately, I could not get through the prompts this month causing me to be a Reverb Reject. Way to be positive huh? The bottom line is, I need to stop lying to myself regarding these 30-day challenges. At this point in life, I have no time to post or physically write daily. And in reality, that's okay!

I really liked some of the prompts, and hope to get to answer some of them one day, including:

December 8 – Beautifully Different. Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different – you’ll find they’re what make you beautiful. (Author: Karen Walrond)

December 10 – Wisdom. What was the wisest decision you made this year, and how did it play out? (Author: Susannah Conway)

December 15 – 5 Minutes. Imagine you will completely lose your memory of 2010 in five minutes. Set an alarm for five minutes and capture the things you most want to remember about 2010. (Author: Patti Digh)

December 18 – Try. What do you want to try next year? Is there something you wanted to try in 2010? What happened when you did / didn’t go for it? (Author: Kaileen Elise)

December 23 – New Name Let’s meet again, for the first time. If you could introduce yourself to strangers by another name for just one day, what would it be and why? (Author: Becca Wilcott)

December 25 – Photo – a present to yourself Sift through all the photos of you from the past year. Choose one that best captures you; either who you are, or who you strive to be. Find the shot of you that is worth a thousand words.

December 26 – Soul Food What did you eat this year that you will never forget? What went into your mouth & touched your soul? (Author: Elise Marie Collins)

December 27 – Ordinary Joy Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year? (Author: BrenĂ© Brown)

Cool prompts, huh? Especially the one about food! They are very time consuming, but in the end worth the reflection when you read back on it.

I might even turn it into a scrapbooking project!

How do you reflect on the past year, in a fun, easy and non-burdening way?


Frugal Invitation said...

Thanks for stopping by my new Welcome Wednesday blog hop! I am am now following you! Hope to see you again next Wednesday!

P.S. Love the prompts. And as to whether or not you should keep life stories to a minimum. It's your space. Make it as much you as you want!

Happy New Year!
Frugal Invitation

Jessica Auguste said...


I can defintately relate to the feeling you described in this post! I feel that I overworked myself in 2010 but thats not to say that with the stress there weren't any positive moments because there most certainly were! I have become more independent im my worhsip and praise and relatio nship with G_d and have even extended myself by volunteering at a all womens ministry. I got my way through math this semester-a subject I DESPISE! I landed a great internship and added some great proffesionals to my network, I learned that sales or retail isnt for me and that I should stick to my career path and I am learning how to budget and save which is difficult to do-giving into the flesh materialistically is so easy! ugh, and I am becoming (notice the ing meaning I still need work)a better girlfriend and lover of myself. NOW THATS A MOUTHFULL! And the winter sucks! Its dark earlier and cold -So girl-I understand your pain but you know what!?

Life is what you make it-you really have to find whats best for you! what is best for Tracey! This may take trail and error but its worth it in the end.

If you find that you want to be liberated and not have to label your work then keep this blog open ended-freeing yourself of that may allow you to write freely. Create a second blog that is more topic specific that you can share with the proffessional world.

Hope this helps!

keep writing!


Tracita Linda (Tracey) said...

Hey Jess- I also welcome your insight. You give some great advice!