December 6 – Make. What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it? (Author: Gretchen Rubin)
It’s easy to interpret this question in the literal sense. I did at first. Immediately I thought to the Christmas wreath I finished a couple weeks ago. I was so proud that I finally finished a project on my lengthy to-make list. I’ve found that as a crafty/creative person, it’s common to define yourself by how prolific of a crafter you are. And truthfully, unfinished projects and crafting wishlists can leave you feeling downright blue.
The more I thought about this though, I realized that the process of “making” doesn’t have to result in a tangible product. I may not have the time/drive to create on a consistent basis, but that doesn’t mean I’m not making something. Each day, when I rise early to turn on the heater, to start the coffee maker, to act as Kevin’s personal alarm clock, and when I get home to sweep the floor, to light some candles, to play with the puppy, to share a delicious dinner and a glass of wine, I’m making a home and a life. And I can assuredly say that my home and my life are my two greatest projects.
December 7 – Community. Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011? (Author: Cali Harris)
The concept of community, especially in the world of the Internet, can be a tricky thing. On Facebook the other day I saw an artist comment that she would “never be a part of the ‘cool’ crowd,” and wondered what she could to become “one of them.” Oh sister, it’s not about being cool, and there aren’t specific steps.
What I’ve found this past year is that the most beautiful communities are built organically. Like-minded souls are bound to find each other in this world, especially online. I attribute a lot of my newfound online community to Twitter, truthfully. I’m terrible at blogging and don’t have the attention span for Facebook. Through Twitter, I’ve found a lot of new friends, simply because I read something they posted, and felt the need to connect and respond. To me (and I know this sounds corny), but each time I retweet something, or have something I’ve said retweeted, I feel like it’s a virtual high-five saying, “Hell yeah! I’m right there with you.” I’m actually amazed and humbled by the mini-community I belong to on there. But there were no steps I deliberately took to connect with certain people. It just happened.
Likewise, my physical community bloomed exponentially in 2010. I’ve never felt such comfort in the circle of friends we’ve built. We’ve made friends with people who celebrate the good things happening in our lives, and comfort us when not-so-good things happen. Most of these people we met purely by chance, but it was during those chance meetings that a common bond was revealed and acted upon, that made us friends.
For 2011, I would love to have my online micro-community come into my physical community. So many beautiful things would happen.