#reverb13: at the start

It's Reverb time again. For the past 5 years I've participated in a yearly reflection, responding along with other bloggers to a variety of prompts which help put the year in perspective and head into a new year with a better appreciation for the year that is ending. In 2009, I participated in Gwen Bell's #bestof2009, which evolved into #reverb10. In 2011, many bloggers contributed to their own reverb projects, providing prompts and community for  #reverb11 and repeated in #reverb12. In 2011 and 2012 I jumped around various reverb communities and chose prompts which provided the best opportunity for me to reflect and share. 

This year, I'm going to stick to one community: Project Reverb hosted by Kat, Sarah, and Meredith. If you are up for it, you should join in when and where you feel like it. Reflective practice has been an incredible part of my life and I look forward to reverb every year because it gives me the opportunity to slow down and spend some major time writing and thinking and connecting through reflection. I'm playing a bit of catch up since I was out of town for Thanksgiving and did not realize how quickly December arrived this year. It amazes me how quickly time passes, how each year I come to the end and say, "Wow, it's already December?" One of the things I appreciate about #reverb as a project is that I can look back at details of my year. 

At the start: Where did you start 2013?  Give us some background on this year.

I started the year traveling to Alabama. I'd had to cancel plans to go in December last year because I got really, really sick once classes were over. (Hoping not to repeat that!) I visited my grandmothers, drew a heart in the sand with my mom, hung out with my brother, sis-in-law and niece who had just started walking. We listened to bad 80's & 90's music and had an impromptu dance party. I spent time with some of my oldest friends, Lana & Quin and I bought purple Converse just like ones my Dad owns. 

January is my birthday month, so I celebrated with M and our friends with a delicious meal and some Wii playing. 

I began the year connecting to my roots in Alabama, and as always trying to navigate the past and present, the idea of home and the things that make us. 

Alabamatrip (20 of 33)

The heart I drew in the sand along with my word for 2013. It will be interesting to look back on how it has manifested in ways I did not always recognize as #reverb13 continues.