I haven’t done any Reverb10 prompts for awhile, so how about some catching up? I definitely haven’t done all 31 prompts over the course of the month. Some, I really just don’t have an answer for. Others, the answer I did have just felt too deeply personal to share. Ultimately, it’s been a really fun way to reflect on the past year and get excited about the year ahead.
[Travel] How did you travel in 2010? How and/or where would you like to travel next year?
This is an easy one to start off with! I was fortunate enough to do a lot of traveling in 2010. Well, a lot by my normal standards anyhow. I was on planes to Tampa, Nashville, and Miami. I spent some time in Atlanta, although never saw more than the airport, thanks to the beauty of layovers. I took a cruise that started in Tampa, visiting Grand Cayman and Cozumel. I drove to Chicago twice and multiple destinations throughout my fine state of Michigan. In 2011, I already have plans to visit Traverse City and Washington DC for races. I’ll be back in Nashville for a wedding. Beyond that, I’m really just up to see whatever life has in store for me! This time last year, I never would have thought I’d be traveling as much as I did in 2010!
[Ordinary Joy] Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year?
This isn’t just one moment, it happened multiple times, but I get such joy when my nieces and nephews give me big hugs. You know the kind, where they squeeze as hard as their little arms will let them and don’t let go. The two youngest give especially good ones, I think because they’re still young enough that they’re not too cool for it. In those moments, it’s such a simple act of love, but it brings joy to my heart.
[Photo] 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.
I felt such a sense of accomplishment crossing that finish line. In that moment, I realized just how much I’ve changed over the past couple of years, how much I’ve grown, how much healthier and happier I’ve gotten. A couple years ago, if you had told me I’d finish the River Bank Run, I would have laughed in your face. In all honesty, I am still amazed I did. I was never a runner. Now, I am.
[New Name] Let’s meet again, for the first time. If you could introduce yourself to strangers by another name for just one day, what would it be and why?
It’s hard to see myself as anyone other than Mindy. That name has been a part of my identity for 27 years. I’ve gotten a lot of nicknames from it…Minders, Mind, Min, Mindy Lou, Mimi, Meems, the list goes on and on. I like being Mindy. But, that’s a boring answer for this prompt. I think for that one day, I would call myself Mandy, because then it’s just one letter off from Mindy. Kidding! Serious answer, now. I think I would call myself Rori. Yes, like from Gilmore Girls. Perhaps it’s because I’m in the midst of going through the series again that the name comes to mind, but since I first started watching the show, I really felt like I could relate to her character on some level. So, for a lack of a better answer, for that one day, I would be Rori.
[Soul Food] What did you eat this year that you will never forget? What went into your mouth and touched your soul?
I wish I could say that my answer for this question is some wonderfully thoughtful homemade meal. Although there were many of those that I loved, don’t get me wrong! I think one meal I will always remember is sitting at Bar Louie with my friend Andrea when she asked me to be her maid of honor. Clearly, it was not the food that I truly will always remember, but the meal is by far a part of that moment. You don’t ask just anybody to be in your wedding, let alone be your maid of honor, and I was deeply touched that she chose me to fill those shoes. Oh, and since this is about the food, we shared a couple appetizers: bruschetta and toast points and the chips and trio dip.
[Future Self] Imagine yourself five years from now. What advice would you give your current self for the year ahead?
Dear future Mindy:
2011 is going to be the best year of your life yet. Sure, there are going to be challenges and rough patches, but you’re going to grow more than you could ever imagine. Be ready for the changes that are coming. Trust yourself and trust that you’re at the place in life you are for a reason. Believe in who you are. Take chances that scare you because you just might be surprised at the outcome. When you fall, get up, brush yourself off, and move on. Pray more. Cherish the time you get with your loved ones, you never know when it might be the last. Run hard, run fast, run a lot. Spend lots of time on your yoga mat. Know that you are worth it.