Day 26 - Music is Powerful (#reverb11)

Music is powerful - Think of one song that you turn to time and again, and describe why it’s important to you.  - Think of one song that you turn to time and again, and describe why it’s important to you.

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I used to think that music was my passion. I believed that it was with such intensity that I embarked on a music education degree that was misguided but taught me a lot about myself. The first and foremost being that I am not a musician in the artistry sense of the word. I am somewhat technically proficient (or once was), but not nearly good enough to teach others music.

There’s never been any one song I’ve turned to in my entire life to fill an emotional need. For a lot of years I couldn’t have even pinpointed a particular band or artist that was a favorite. I can now. From the first time I heard Yellow and with each successive release, so much of Coldplay’s music speaks to me in a very personal way, but there is still no one song that stands out above all the others. They are the only band whose albums I buy every time they release a new one.

I am a music lover. I appreciate the message, the medium, the universality of its reach. Maybe that’s why narrowing down to one song is so hard. It’s taken my 34 years to identify a favorite band. Maybe in another 34 years I can figure out a song to answer this prompt with.

Day 22 - Passion (#reverb11)

Passion - If you could quit your day job and your quality of life wouldn’t change, what would you do?

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I think about this all the time. It’s actually what drives a lot of what I do in my free time, because that’s when I finally get to work on the things that I really love.

If I were to quit my day job to do the thing I love to do, I would help businesses develop strategies to use social media effectively.

I’d continue to build up communities that are supportive and helpful.

I would spend a bit more time writing in this space where I get to chronicle the life I love and share my thoughts.

In some ways, nothing would change. And yet, this would make a huge difference for me.

Day 11 - What do you wish you'd done more of in 2011?

What do you wish you’d done more of in 2011?

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I have a whole list of things I wish I’d done more of. It includes exploring Ottawa, consistently working on getting healthier, and several of the items on a long-ago bucket list.

I have crocheted some, but not nearly enough - I’d really like to finish the scarf I’ve been working on for Brandon for almost two years now.

I’ve gotten completely off the rails with practicing photography. That makes me sad. Part of the reason is my kit lens limitations. The 50mm I got for Christmas last year is fantastic, but also limiting. I’m finding I really want something like this now. Oy. (It’s never going to end, is it?)

Sign Language…yeah, I’ve barely even tried. It’s harder now that Brandon’s talking. 

I’ve had a lot of practice with Photoshop and Illustrator this year. I’ve also added Lightroom and InDesign to my list of software that I’m learning. I get to use them often for work, so that helps a great deal.

Blogging has put my creative writing interest on the back burner. One day I’ll try to get back to it, but for now I know it just isn’t where my heart or my head is at.

I’m never going to be a Web Designer by trade, but I’m progressing in what little I know. I can’t do anything exceptional, but I’m mostly happy with the results of what I am able to do. 

Cooking is something I wish I’d do a lot more of. It would certainly save us money as a family and that’s never a bad thing. I just wish I could derive some enjoyment from it. I don’t like it and I’m not sure how to change that.

Somewhere in here there are goals for 2012, but I haven’t a clue which ones I’d like to pursue yet. I’m still hopeful that I can finish that scarf before the end of this year. I should go work on it right now.

Day 6 - Laughter (#reverb11)

Laughter What made you laugh this year?

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I laugh a lot - I’m lucky like that. I have a witty husband who keeps me laughing. I have friends who all seem to have a great sense of humour. I am amused daily by things that my co-workers say and do. I have had Twitter buddies make me laugh out loud - even on the bus (so not cool). There’s so much to laugh at - in the joyful, fun way. I’m really blessed to have such fun, funny people everywhere I turn.

Brandon in the train on a recent trip to Saunders Farm.The person whose antics I’ve treasured most this year was Brandon. He’s at an age where his personality is starting to blossom and grow. He is starting to pick up on the nuance of teasing - and he’s trying it out. He knows that there are things that will make his mommy and daddy laugh and he takes great joy in making that happen.

I think the most exciting part of that is knowing that to be teased and tease in return takes a certain amount of trust and confidence. Trust that someone teasing you isn’t doing so in a hurtful matter. Confidence that you know someone well enough to tease them about something and know they’ll respond positively.

Seeing this develop in him gives me assurance that we’re doing all right.

Day 5 - 5 Things (#reverb11)

5 Things -Describe 5 guilty pleasures

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1) Sitting down to write a blog post. I love writing. I love the research and the thinking. I love crafting my words carefully and thoughtfully. I love everything about the process, except for the time it takes me away from my family. But how do I give this up? 

2) Reading. I’m lucky that I spend two hours a day, four days a week on the bus. That is my reading time but it does spill over into my evenings. I read to get sleepy. I read in the evenings because I love to read. Reading feeds my brain’s thirst and hunger for more. Knowledge, ideas, stories. It keeps me full of fresh material to write. For me, one cannot exist without the other. But the same challenge greets me when I pick up something new to read - is it the best use of my time?

3) Chocolate. Is it possible to have a list of guilty pleasures and not include chocolate? I’m pretty sure it’s a required entry on such a list. The darker the better - and none of that white stuff that masquerades as chocolate. I hate to disillusion those fans of faux chocolate, but it’s milk and sugar. If there’s no cocoa in it, it can’t have the name chocolate attached to it.

4) Time with friends. I think it’s a given that anything that involves time away from my family is going to make me feel a measure of guilt. Sometimes a lot, sometimes a little, always some. Whether it’s right or wrong is irrelevant. I still feel it. I doubt that will ever go away. And the feeling did not start with the addition of a child to our family. Being away from Matt before Brandon came along was always hard on me. I love my family, but I recognize that I need time to do things I’m interested in, too. We each have our interests. In many ways they overlap. Sometimes they don’t and that’s okay.

5) McDonald’s Breakfast. You have no idea how much shame I feel admitting to this. Seriously. I’m blushing as you read this. (Yes, every time, no matter when.) Now that biscuits have come to Canada (I grew up with McD’s biscuits, ya’ll.) I have to hold back from getting breakfast there very often. This is actually easy since I take the bus to work so it’s not even close to convenient. Fortunately, the older I get, the more McDonald’s food grosses me out. Even the breakfast, though it doesn’t gross me out nearly as much as it probably should. If I have McD’s breakfast once a month it’s a lot. If I eat there at all once a month it’s a lot. 

Feel free to berate me in the comments about McDonald’s but nothing else, okay? And only if you share YOUR guilty pleasures.