#Reverb13: Batch 2

Here’s my second batch of prompts from Kat’s #reverb13:

What went right in 2013? Maybe you didn’t quit smoking or lose those pounds or go to Paris, but something did work, did happen, and/or was realized. What was it?

Considering how much went so very, very wrong in 2013, I can say that I’ve noticed quite clearly what went right. I learned that I have built a strong support network here at work, and my support network has definitely kept my head above water during this incredibly difficult time. My managers have been understanding, my co-workers have been pillars of strengthen, and even my neighbors have shown me what true community is all about. So while my plans for community didn’t come to fruition, I did experience the love and support of my community.

Who inspired you in 2013? And why? What gifts did they give you? And how will you carry these forward in to 2014?

I’m having a difficult time choosing one person who inspired me more than anyone else. This is because many people inspired me to fight for that which matters most and continue to seek justice. Many people have inspired me to continue cultivating a life worth loving — to continue my quest to nurture my family, friends, community, and dreams. They gave me the gifts of affirmation and love, support and care. I will carry these gifts forward in my heart, reminding myself constantly that there are many people on my side, here to encourage me to be the best version of myself and to raise my family with values.

What challenges lie ahead in 2014? How might you meet them boldly?

Several challenges actually lie ahead in 2014, but I would say the biggest challenge will be mending my fractured family back together. I wasn’t quite successful this year, but I know I can’t lose next year. I’m going to boldly meet that challenge with all my might. I’m going to fiercely fight against those who oppose me and recruit even more support from those who wish to see my family win this devastating battle.

In 2014, how could you explore what community means to you? Where might the alchemy be?

I can explore how community can flow and mesh between the off and online words. The alchemy meets in the middle, where the thin line between both worlds fade, each world colliding in this new age of singularity.

What was the best decision you made in 2013? What were the results? How will you continue the good work in 2014?

The best decision I made in 2013 was to continue to stand tall and continue to pursue my dreams. The results have been a little spotty, but overall I’ve remained strong and overcome quite a lot of adversity. I will continue the good work in 2014 by making the very best decisions possible to give my family a leg up — to rebuild our lives and heal our hearts.

Give us a sensory tour of 2013. How would you describe the year that’s passing in terms of: Sight? Sound? Smell? Taste? Touch?

Sight: hazy.
Sound: droning.
Smell: gunsmoke.
Taste: bitter.
Touch: chilling.

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