Oh hello there. You may remember me as that girl who blogs here sometimes.

Christmas and etc. You know how it goes at this time of year.

At least I’ve done most of my Christmas shopping.

And so, here continues the #reverb10 shenanigans. Bulk answering, ahoy!

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.

This is a difficult one. I was going to avoid it, but I was inspired by Riayn’s take on it. So I’m going to focus on the different things that have made me who I am

  • I’m the youngest sibling by ten years. So while I have older siblings, I’ve always felt that I’ve grown up with multiple parents. My nearest family members in age are ten years older or younger than me and I’ve learned to get along well with people a lot younger and older than me.
  • I lost my dad when I was 8. I always put him on a pedestal because I never really got to know him. I got a tattoo to remember him by when I was 19. Some days I don’t like my tattoo (but today I do :)).
  • I have a heightened sense of emotional intelligence. I seem to be able to gauge people’s moods and feelings based on their speech, body language, writing style and their silence.
  • My brain has difficulty switching off. I often wake right up just as I’m about to fall asleep. Reading books doesn’t often help (unless the book is incredibly boring), though I’ve found that podcasts on my phone work WONDERS.
  • I know how to laugh.
  • I don’t like being a victim. Or blaming other people for the shite things in my life. I find it difficult to tolerate people who do. Your life is what you make of it, regardless of what hand you’ve been dealt. Granted, it’s not always an easy path to take…

December 9 Party. What social gathering rocked your socks off in 2010? Describe the people, music, food, drink, clothes, shenanigans.

At the risk of getting repetitive, first place goes to the post-wedding party with our friends.

We ate our favourite pizza and cupcakes. We played the NRL grand final on the tele for all our footy friends.

This para from the wedding post sums it up really:

There were speeches made by our BFFs and then there was a surprise: video messages from my MGs who are all the way on the other side of the world and couldn\’t make it. ALL FOR ME! This had been months in the preparation, including the involvement of our  favourite rockstar, who sent a video after having to cancel his surprise trip to sing for us. Only then did I find out that there had been about 20 people involved in the making, downloading, compiling and delivery of the video, with friends hoofing laptops and projectors and speakers down to Mancini\’s. I was completely floored and touched. I messaged all the girls afterwards and said  â€œI\’ll never forget how complete I felt at that point with my husband sitting next to me, with Nat and Anna running the video show, in a room full of people who chose to celebrate the day with us and watching all the love pouring off that screen.”

December 10 – Wisdom. What was the wisest decision you made this year, and how did it play out?

I’m going to pinch from George Michael’s “An Easier Affair” for this one…

Well let me tell you people /  It’s an easier affair /  Not living my life with other people on my mind
No, got nothing to hide from anyone /  Yes, I’m walking on new air /  Just living my life
Better believe I’m gonna get what’s mine /  See I don’t have the time /  For the haters

And this one’s still playing out, so I’ll have to get back to you on how it goes.

December 11 – 11 Things. What are 11 things your life doesn’t need in 2011? How will you go about eliminating them? How will getting rid of these 11 things change your life?

Is it me, or is 11 an awful lot of things to think of??

  1. Sugar
  2. Procrastination
  3. Avoiding exercise/housework
  4. Negative people
  5. Sprained ankles
  6. Shopping sprees
  7. Fast food
  8. Self-consciousness
  9. Falling for sales pitches in shopping centres
  10. Scratches on my car
  11. Another year like 2010.

I would greatly appreciate any tips on how to eliminate the above. If I get rid of these things, my life will be better than it is atm. Nothing more.

December 12Body Integration. This year, when did you feel the most integrated with your body? Did you have a moment where there wasn’t mind and body, but simply a cohesive YOU, alive and present?

This is probably going to sound weird to most of you….

George Michael in concert. Specifically the bars between Fastlove and I’m Your Man (’96).

I was dancing. I was flicking my hair. I may have also been crying.

Ahem.

December 13Action. When it comes to aspirations, it\’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. What’s your next step?

My next step is to bite the bullet on my freelance web design business. Either let this year’s difficult clients get the better of me, or just learn from the experience and carry on.

I need to be more confident in what I do. Stop shying away and downplay my business when talking to peers. Stop being a pushover when it comes to quoting and invoicing. Know that my time, knowledge and abilities are worth more than what I currently charge. Get some balls and ask for help and guidance if I need it.

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