Let’s Get Ready to #reverb!


It’s almost December.

(Which means it’s almost day 1 of reverb15.)

Reverb is a  personal and communal writing practice that provides a means to reflect on the year that has passed and set intentions for the coming year.

For the first three weeks of the month—from December 1 to 21—I’ll post a daily writing prompt here (and sometimes on elephant journal). Wanna play? The challenge is to participate every day. See details at the bottom of this post.

I did#reverb11 and #reverb13, so to keep with the tradition of doing this on odd-numbered years, I’m inspired to again host #reverb15!

Here’s a sneak peek at the prompt for Tuesday, December 1st:

Encapsulate your 2015 in one word. Why that word? What would you like your word to be for 2016? Why?

My word for 2015 is revolution.

A plethora of changes occurred in my personal life this year: geographical changes, community changes, career changes, spiritual changes. It has been a year full of shifts, growth, tumult, endings and beginnings.

For 2016, my word is love. Love. Simple, yet so easy to forget. Every day, every moment can be infused with love. Love encompasses affection, gratitude, generosity, kindness, friendliness, and all heart-centered thoughts, actions and words.

How to Reverb

You are invited to participate—as privately or publicly as you wish—in as few or as many words as you wish.

Keep your writing in a private journal. To share what you’ve written, type it up as a comment or put a link to your blog in the comments section.

It’s been an awesome year and I’m excited about remembering, reflecting and planting seeds of intention for the upcoming year with you!

SYDNEY, NSW - JANUARY 23:  A Redback Spider is pictured at the Australian Reptile Park January 23, 2006 in Sydney, Australia. The Redback, probably Australia's best-known deadly spider is found all over Australia and is a close relative of the Black Widow Spider from the U.S. Only the female Redback is considered dangerous, with their venom containing neurotoxins, which works very slowly. Fatalities, even from untreated bites, are rare. Australia is home to some of the most deadly and poisonous animals on earth.  (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)

Thankful for Spiders

“We are living in an extraordinary moment. It’s extraordinarily extreme. It’s extraordinarily painful. It’s extraordinarily complex. It’s extraordinarily nuanced. It’s extraordinarily full of potential.” ~ Chani Nicholas

I got bitten by a spider (we think) about a month ago. I didn’t see it or feel the bite at the moment, but the next day my ankle swelled up and I had a fever. The lingering joint pain comes and goes.

I was stung by a scorpion about a year ago. On my fingertip! That, I felt right away. It was an intense pain that lasted for about four hours.

This is a time to appreciate not only the good people, plentiful things and pleasurable experiences in our lives—but also to be grateful for the difficult people, emotions and passages that we encounter. A plethora of amazing things have happened in this, my personal “year of the scorpion.”


I am grateful for the love and friendship I share every day with my family

and family of friends, near and far. I am grateful for our little house and to always have enough food and water. I am grateful for my body and breath and life.

I am also grateful for pain, both physical and emotional, because pain is a sign of growth and healing.

I am grateful for having been fired from my job as a school teacher earlier this year, because that has paved the way for major improvements in both my career and my quality of life.

I am grateful for the difficult people in my life, because they force me to see my areas of weakness and resistance. They hold up a mirror to teach me valuable lessons.

I am grateful for impermanence, also known as change, which keeps things fresh and lively. I am grateful for where I now live and what I now do with my time.

I am grateful for the lake, the sky, the volcanoes, the trees, the flowers, the incessant glory of nature.

I am grateful for my fellow writers, my editors and my readers. Thank you for reading!

Happy holidaze!