#Reverb13 Batch 5

What was the greatest risk you took in 2013? What was the outcome?

The greatest risk by far has been to wake up daily and face my life. Each day held immeasureable obstacles, especially early on during the year. Before I finally obtained my driver’s license — my license to freedom — my fate rested in the hands of others, teetering precariously from employment to unemployment, from single motherhood to total destruction. The outcome has been great. By simply facing each day with limited expectations and taking it in smaller, more manageable parts, I have learned that I can face these risks of losing everything by simply slapping on my smile and going about my business fiercely.

What precious things have you gathered in 2013? Which memories from this year do you wish to keep with you always?

I have gathered precious moments of my children, my husband, and my co-workers-turned-family. I wouldn’t trade a single moment of those memories for any amount of money or material goods. The sentimental value of love, support, and encouragement has far too much value. The moments spent enjoying the company of my family has far too much value. If I could, I would record each one for future reference.

Today, identify something muddy that kept recurring for you throughout 2013, and then ask yourself this: What’s the clear truth underneath this damn mud if I finally wash myself clean?

(Author’s Note: in batch 4, I mistakenly said this prompt was second hardest — I actually meant prompt 4, but this would replace the 3rd place prompt!)

I’ve had a great deal of mud flung at me throughout 2013 — mostly by a single woman who seemingly had it out for me and my entire family because she disagrees with our style. Underneath all this mud is a worthwhile woman. There is a worthwhile mother who loves and nurtures her children with all her heart. There is a brave warrior passionately defending that which matters most. Underneath all of this mud you’ll find the beating heart of an incredibly resilient and strong woman who refuses to let others control her destiny or destroy her dreams.

Please post your favourite picture of yourself from 2013, self-portrait or otherwise!


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