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December 5 – Let Go. What (or whom) did you let go of this year? Why? (Author: Alice Bradley)

There were no toxic friends for me, no fiercely-held dreams that didn't come true. I think if I let go of anything, it was the belief that I would never be. Never be good enough. Never be pretty. Never be wanted on my own terms. Never be smart enough. Never be ENOUGH.

It's a process you don't realize you're engaged in, until the morning you wake up without that dreadful weight on your shoulders, and realize that above everything else, you simply ARE.
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December 4 – Wonder. How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year? (Author: Jeffrey Davis)

I'm lucky enough that I live every day with a sense of wonder. 2010 has brought me music that filled my heart, words that filled my head, and daily glimpses of the world that filled my life with awe. I don't need to cultivate wonder, because it's there all the time, just waiting for me to see something from a better angle. There's not a single day that goes by that I don't read, see, hear, or live something that taps into a feeling that is too big to comprehend, much less express all at once.

That's wonder.
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December 3 – Moment.

Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors). (Author: Ali Edwards)

This is nearly impossible.

The most surreal moment was 12:01 EST, 09/14/2010. The release of our first book. We had sweet wine, and cookies, and to this day, I don't know if I really believe that it happened.
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December 2 Writing.
What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?
(Author: Leo Babauta)

I do a LOT of things each day that don't contribute to my writing directly. I watch tv. I spend too much time on the internet. I go to work, and waste time staring out my windows, when I could just as easily have Word open and be poking a few keys between tasks.

In the end, the only thing that directly contributes to writing is WRITING. You can have the best idea in the world for a story, and if you never sit down and actually WRITE it, it will remain an idea. But I don't believe that the only thing you can do to make your writing better is write. There's a huge world of experiences out there, things just waiting to spark ideas, and sometimes you have to take advantage of them.

And yes, okay, sometimes, you just need to sit in your living room and watch an episode of Terriers, and not feel guilty because you're depriving the world of your genius for a few minutes. Making yourself feel guilty over the words you didn't write is one of the surest ways I've found to further my avoidance techniques. Celebrate the words you do write, acknowledge that you must apply butt to seat to create more of them, and then get on with it.

Could I eliminate some of my Not Writing? Yes, and I've made active choices to do so. I record pretty much everything I want to watch now, and catch up on it when I have the time. I leave environments that don't work for me, when I'm trying to write. (I can write with music on, but I absolutely cannot concentrate with the tv on, even if it's not a show with a plot. HGTV is my writing kryptonite.) When I get to work in the morning, one of my routine tasks is to open the file for whatever story I'm working on, so that it's glaring at me from the taskbar and reminding me that I could just pop it open for a second or two.

I spend a lot of time Not Writing. What I'm getting better about is not feeling so guilty about "wasting" that time that I sabotage the time I DO spend writing.
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Today's Reverb10 prompt is:

December 1 One Word.
Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you?
(Author: Gwen Bell)

2010- Breathtaking.

Because this year saw moments that took my breath away, but I also needed to remind myself on many occasions that I just needed to breathe, and everything would be okay.

2011- Made.

Because next year, I will be a maker, a creator, a builder or words and things.
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