REVERB10: Make

What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it?

At first glance, I knew exactly what the last thing I made was.  I just finished creating a Welcome Packet for my 2011 clients.  But then I thought that while I might have spent a couple hours both writing and designing the various pages in the packet itself, that that wasn’t quite right.

Then I thought, well, I made dinner last night.  But really, when you come down to it, I just reheated something from Trader Joe’s.  So I’m thinking that didn’t really count either.  I’m feeling that it needs to be something more creative.

But I did bake a carrot cake on Thanksgiving.  And that felt kinda creative.  I mean, I made it from scratch, so that’s got to count for something, right?  And I sure made one helluva mess in the process.  But still…not really feeling baking a cake as my “make”.

On the other hand, right before I left for Albuquerque in November, I decided that I needed a cover or case for my Kindle so I could protect it while it was thrown in my purse.  And yes, you guessed it…I made it from scratch!!

I headed out to Michael’s to pick up some grey felt, some teal embroidery thread, a fun button and some fabric glue.  A couple hours later, I had an imperfect (but quite pretty), fold over case for my Kindle.  It totally does the job…until I either buy a real Kindle case or someone buys one for me (it’s Christmastime, it could happen!).

As for the next project where I’d like to actually make something…I’m thinking of trying my hand at creating a fabric headboard and making some curtains (well, more like sheers) for my office.  I’ll add it to my Master ToDo list, but I can’t say I’ll be getting on that any time soon as it’s just not a priority for me right now.

What about you, what have you made recently?

This post is part of an online initiative called #Reverb10, where through daily prompts you reflect on the past year and design and manifest for the next. You can read all mine here and here and you can join me here.


REVERB10: Wonder

Wonder. How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year?

This year I put a lot of time, energy and effort into myself and my business.  As part of the process, I also cultivated a sense of wonder by allowing.

I’ve found that when you spend a lot of time and a lot of energy into creating and making stuff happen, you often get caught up in the how of things. It’s almost like you’ll do anything to!

I liken this process to forcing a flower to bloom by yelling at it to “bloom dammit bloom!”

So instead of getting frustrated and working way more than you might otherwise need to work, I sit back an allow things to happen.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t just sit there and do nothing.  No.  I lay the groundwork.  I do my job.  I write, I speak, I do.  I just try my best to not get caught up in forcing things to play out the way I want them to play out.  I try not go get investing in the how.

This way you can’t help but be surprised by how things turn out.  More often than not, they turn out way better than I could ever have imagined.  And when that happens, you can’t help but be surprised and pleased.

What does wonder mean to you and how have you cultivated your sense of wonder this year?

This post is part of an online initiative called #Reverb10, where through daily prompts you reflect on the past year and design and manifest for the next. You can read all mine here and here and you can join me here.

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Reflecting & Manifesting: Why Don’t Your Join Me?

Some of my favorite bloggers have come up with a fantastic way to close out 2010 and get a jumpstart on 2011 through the Reverb10 initiative.

Basically, there are daily writing prompts from some fabulous bloggers that will have you reflecting back over 2010 and looking forward to design and create your 2011.

We all know I’m all about creating the life you wish to live. This is right up my alley!!

In their own words…Reverb 10 (#reverb10) is now an annual event, an inspired response to (and evolution of) #best09. It’s an open online initiative that encourages participants to reflect on this year and manifest what’s next. It’s an opportunity to retreat and consider the reverberations of your year past, and those that you’d like to create in the year ahead. We’re connected by the belief that sharing our stories has the power to change us. We look forward to reading yours.

Since I have the two blogs, I figured I’d share the posts between the each of the two blogs (and possibly repost as the mood strikes in my personal blog). I’d love for you to join me.

Mind you, I’m all about allowing for imperfection so I’ll be honest here…1) I’m already five days behind and have some work that I need to focus on today and 2) at this moment, my KatyTafoya site is down due to husband issues husband-induced server issues a recent move to a new server, so it might take a day or so to get that up and running.

I invite you to you play along…look back and reflect on the past year and start designing, creating and manifesting what you want to experience for the new year!!

Click here to get sign the contract and get started!

And remember, no one said it had to be perfect…so don’t worry if you’re starting a little late.  I did! ;-)

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Thirty Days of Gratitude: Completion

DAY 30 – COMPLETION: Well, I started this exercise in gratitude not so much because I wanted to express my gratitude daily (that was a pleasant side effect). No, I started this exercise hoping to get in the habit of writing on a daily basis.

While I can’t say that I blogged daily. In fact, on my days, I took notes and wrote my posts in batches. And in the case of my personal blog, I’m still way behind.

But, even if I didn’t write daily…I thought about writing daily. I took the time out to plan my newsletter articles, I brainstormed 20+ weeks worth of upcoming newsletter topics (and some blogging topics).

All in all, I’d say that as an experiment, it was successful.

So today I am grateful for…completion and knowing that this exercise in blogging daily is over.

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Thirty Days of Gratitude: Giveaways

DAY 21 – GIVEAWAYS: I love entering contests and giveaways. And sometimes I even win! I’ve yet to win anything major – no vacations or a new car – but I have one some fun books and some beauty products. And I know deep down that one day soon, I’m going to win a fabulous vacation to somewhere totally awesome. In the meantime, I’m grateful for…contests and giveaways and I’ll keep entering them every chance I get.

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Thirty Days of Gratitude: Naps

Handsome Charlie Taking a NapDAY 27 – NAPS: There’s just something so decadent and rewarding about being able to take a nap in the middle of the day. More often than not, I start off reading, and then just shut the book and snuggle down for a doze. Sometimes it might be in the bed with the boys snuggled up tight and sometimes it just might be on the couch after a busy day in the classroom. Either way, today I am grateful for…mid-day naps and snuggling down with the boys.

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