December 31 – Core Story What central story is at the core of you, and how do you share it with the world? (Bonus: Consider your reflections from this month. Look through them to discover a thread you may not have noticed until today.) (Author: Molly O’Neill)
Central story hmm. Since I started this reverb10 thing, I have been on a little love in and have discovered some uncomfortable things. I like winning (achievement) and I’m trying to fulfill that through sport rather than personal life. I am a bit of a workaholic and I think a bit too much of my identity is tied up with that, which I am trying to rectify.
Phew. I’m glad that’s over and done with. It only took me six months to get here, so I guess I had better get started on Reverb2011 now!
December 30 – Gift Prompt: Gift. This month, gifts and gift-giving can seem inescapable. What’s the most memorable gift, tangible or emotional, you received this year? (Author: Holly Root)
December 29 – Defining Moment Describe a defining moment or series of events that has affected your life this year. (Author: Kathryn Fitzmaurice)
Hmm. Can I say my bootcamp sessions? I finally twigged that although I still identify myself as a climber, a mountain biker and an adventure racer, I actually hadn’t dine much if that stuff for a while.
Once I started with this boot camp thing, it was like teamwork through adversity. I had to leave my desk by a certain time on bootcamp days, and we were all very sore the next day around lunchtime.
Now I’m looking up for some shorter orienteering events in my area, and it looks like the season has just started!
I really need to finish this, 2010, even 2011 is getting a bit long in the tooth!
December 28 – Achieve
What’s the thing you most want to achieve next year? How do you imagine you’ll feel when you get it? Free? Happy? Complete? Blissful? Write that feeling down. Then, brainstorm 10 things you can do, or 10 new thoughts you can think, in order to experience that feeling today. (Author: Tara Sophia Mohr)
I have sat on this one for ages, well into 2011, because I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to achieve this year.
I’d like to achieve a better understanding of my garden so I can work out what grows best where and in what season. Already I am observing how much the fence is starting to over shadow my planter boxes, so I am looking forward to growing more shade loving greens like rocket, spinach and Chinese greens.
I’d like to achieve more positivity for me. I have this terrible habit of being very negative on myself. Self sown takk poppy syndrome? I need to remember that it is my job to be quietly confident rather than to behead my tall poppiness. I don’t mean that I’ll go around bragging about how wonderful I am, more that I won’t preface my words with stuff like: “this could be wrong, but …”.
So. I would like to achieve more ‘mindfulness’. Thinking before I speak, observing the world more, believing that “yeah, I can do this”, and reducing my impact upon the world by growing more of my own food stuffs.
December 27 – Ordinary Joy
Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year? (Author: Brené Brown)
Is joy the same as happiness?
I feel joy pottering around in the garden and have had lovely moments of surprise. When I saw my first strawberry growing (the birds subsequently ate it). When my corn began shooting up tall, and then I spotted the first ears growing, I was pretty darn excited. It is amazing what your plants can do whilst you are not looking.
December 26 – Soul Food
What did you eat this year that you will never forget? What went into your mouth & touched your soul? (Author: Elise Marie Collins)
This took me ages to think of. I’ve eaten out a bit in 2010, and even went to Marque for a celebratory event. the food there was yummy, different and interesting, and I though I ought to write about that.
But I’m not sure that that was the one that touched my soul.
We were in the town of Yilan, along the west coast of Taiwan. There was a night market underneath a main road (Jiu Cheng road overpass) and I was happy wandering past the stalls, pointing out random things to eat. There was fresh ready diced fruit, bubble pearl teas, dumplings, noodles. I was in heaven! Then I eye-spyed a stall down the end with a queue of at least 5 people, near the intersection of Yi Xing Road Section 1 and the Jiu Cheng road overpass. Shallot pancakes. Oh yeah!
I joined the queue and ordered the cheaper 20NT one by pointing. This got me a plain deep fried one, and you brushed on your own chilli sauce / pepper combination on before it got bagged and handed to you. I swooned. It was so delicious – crispy and crunchy and wonderfully moreish. I think my eyes rolled backed in my head it was so yummy.
I went back the next night and tried the more popular version with egg, which was only 5NT more. It was good, but the addition of the egg seemed to have generated steam which made this crispy delicacy soggy. 😦 Definitely get the plain pancake.
I found that The Yilan Guy blog gives a good rundown of the yilan night markets here, although I wished I had read the post before I went.
Hello Kitty Shallot pancakes
Yilan night markets
Intersection of Yi Xing Road Section 1 and the Jiu Cheng road overpass. (eastern side of train line).
Sift through all the photos of you from the past year. Choose one that best captures you; either who you are, or who you strive to be. Find the shot of you that is worth a thousand words. Share the image, who shot it, where, and what it best reveals about you.
(Author: Tracy Clark)
So I talked before about joining a bootcamp type fitness session. Every now and then the trainer organizes a joint training session, where all his clients can come together and participate in joint madness.
So here I am, conked out on the sand after one. I mostly remember this one as involving LOTS of crawling through sand. And pushups. But mostly how the sand would grate your elbows and knees as you crawled through it, especially after running into the surf.
I did 4 laps in order to get a place (lucky last!), rather than the minimum of 2. And I only kept going in order to keep pace with someone from work (thus comes out my competitive nature). The photo was taken by an event photographer, and as I ran towards the finishing line, I asked: “Are you ready for it?”, as I spun around and pretended to collapse at the end. There’s the drama queen coming out. I also like this photo because I manage to slot this fitness challenge in en-route to going on holiday! Priorities, people.