Monday, December 15, 2014

Day 15 of Reverb14 - Do It Anyway...

Today is Day 15 of Reverb14, hosted by the lovely Kat McNally who blogs at I Saw You Dancing. Check out the Reverb14 page HERE to join along and journal to the amazing prompts as we journal our way out of's YOUR CHOICE to journal publicly or privately, as we all journal our way out of 2014 and plan for the new year ahead...

Here is what our lovely hostess writes for us today:

 As you may know, there are many fine reflective writing challenges on offer this time of year, some of which are also called Reverb.

A couple of days before launching my Reverb14, I noticed that a writer and photographer (whom I admire greatly) was about to launch a new program of her own. It was designed to encourage reflection on the year that’s passing. Logically, I could see how this would be the perfect supplement to the annual worksheets she produces that focus on manifesting brilliance in the new year.* 

But, of course, it wasn’t my logical mind that kicked in when I clapped eyes on her smart and pretty product.

It was the gremlins. Why would anyone want to join in my silly little thing when the other offerings are so amazing?

Of course, there was no question of backing out. I already had almost 100 sign-ups and eleven friends who’d gone to the trouble of writing some incredible prompts, just because I asked them.

But also: I’ve learnt over the years that the only way to get anywhere in life is just to notice what other people are doing, hear the gremlins, feel the fear and do it anyway. It never gets any easier but to keep on doing it is the point.

What are you really proud that you made happen in 2014, despite the gremlins? And what will you do anyway in 2015?

* Turns out, it’s a photography challenge! Just goes to show, best not to jump to conclusions, eh?

Well, my friend, I am extremely proud that I finally made a creative workshop (two, in fact!) happen for me in 2014 at my local community college, after two seasons of submitting my workshops and getting virtually no students to sign up for them...

I am extremely proud that I was able to teach a new creative workshop that I developed, and developed especially for a long time colleague and her sewing students this Spring. It may have been a small class of 5 students but it was great fun...

I am extremely proud that I reached out with an inquiry to teach at a venue that I've been hearing about this year and that my inquiry was met with enthusiasm! I am now negotiating a start date for one of my workshop offerings for the new year!

I am extremely proud that I participated in Seth Apter's challenge to share my Studio Table because I learned that almost every artist I encountered felt that their studio was an 'unholy' mess, yet when these same artists visited the studios of others, they were giddy and excited about the look of other studios, despite every one of us feeling that we had a messy and disorganized studio!

And because I learned this, I am going to resume teaching from my home studio, mess and all, as I move forward in 2015!

My studio will always be in need of cleaning and organization but if others can like it 'just as it is' I can learn to like this way too!

I am also extremely proud of the 2-layer cake I baked (my first cake!) for my dear boyfriend's birthday this weekend, which explains why I have been missing from the past few Reverb14 posts, but I am proud to say that it was a great (and DELICIOUS!) success!

Home baked cake with home made frosting and handmade cake decorations, all made by yours truly!

And I think baking more cakes and cupcakes will be something I do more of in 2015! ;)


kafj said...

That cake looks gorgeous! Serious kudos on your successful workshop - not only putting your own work out there, but seeking others to share it. I love the peep at your studio, too!

Deborah Weber said...

How wonderful you got to teach those classes - and may there be many many more in the future. And yes to being honest that our studios are places of creation and alchemy and not sets on House Beautiful. And congrats on the cake - it looks delicious!

Meredith Shadwill said...

Sounds like you've been doing lots and lots this year! You inspire me to keep dreaming big. And that cake looks amazing. My only complaint is that it's on the other side of the screen. ;)

Kat McNally said...

I am so proud of you for persisting with your workshops. And you rocked them like I knew you would! x