#reverb13, Day 2: I’m reading both posts, one from Kat and one from Project Reverb that seem different at first but one word jumps out at my from both. Shine.

Kat’s prompt: The way we nourish ourselves determines our ability to shine our light in the world. And nourishment doesn’t just come in the form of food and drink and sunshine; it’s equally important to nourish your spirit.  What made your soul feel most nourished this year?

Project Reverb’s prompt: Shine: What was the best moment of 2013?

No surprise that the best moments of 2013 were the moments that nourished my soul, is it? There were the big ones: being in the first Kansas City cast of Listen to Your Mother, road tripping solo to Dallas to attend Blissdom, attending Type A Conference and sharing my piece Same Trailer Different Park with a roomful of bloggers that I admire and respect, seeing Maroon 5 on a girl’s night downtown, seeing Pink with my bestie.

Then there were the ‘small’ ones. The Starbucks dates with my favorite girl while her brother’s in class. The random phone calls from the college boy that break up my otherwise mundane day. The brief cuddle I get from my middle guy in the mornings, when he wakes me up and brings me that first cup of coffee. The quiet nights spent in my kitchen, preparing a meal for only myself with as much attention and patience as I would were I cooking for someone I love.

The quiet.

For what seems like the first time in my 43 years, I’m craving the quiet. Whether it nourishes my spirit or not I don’t yet know, but I do know that the quiet has been a relief in an otherwise rocky year of roller coaster transitions tempered by countless extraordinarily ordinary moments.

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I’m thankful to Kat McNally and the Project Reverb team for providing prompts for #reverb13. If you’re unfamiliar with the phenomenon that is #reverb, you can read about it at Kat’s place. I plan to participate as much as possible this year, and I’m excited to see Kat’s prompts pop up in my inbox each day. It’s never too late to join, if you’re so inclined.