Reverb12/Day8

(I’m on the Reverb bandwagon for the month of December! Join me, won’t you?)

December 8 - What was the quote or saying that most resonated with you this past year?
Was there any quote, mantra or saying that really spoke to you? Helped you through something? Made you smile?

I don’t have one quote that really deeply resonated with me, but there were a couple that made me smile and got added to our daily vocabulary:

Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That! Taken from the mouth of Sweet Brown (first shared with me by my lovely sister), this video cracks me up. She just dealt with a fire and she varies between happy and nonsensical, and simply put, I love it! But even more than that, I love the sentiment behind the statement- you have a problem, something that makes you unhappy, something that doesn’t support your cause? Ain’t nobody got time for that!

The Greats:  As we talked about a few days ago, Macklemore has had a profound impact on my earbuds and my mind this year. One of the songs on the new album is called “Ten Thousand Hours,” and talks about the notion it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert in your field. There is a line in the song that says, “…you see, I study art/ The Greats weren’t great because at birth they could paint/ The Greats were great because they painted a lot.” We don’t become experts by being born that way, we get to be successful from a whole lot of hard work, and no other way will do it. Wonderful words to remember.

What the heck come after 6: Another wonderful quote found by my sister- we love to follow the GIF tumblr blogs whatshouldwecallme and howdoi putthisgently. One of the many golden nuggets that we have adopted is from this GIF ( hand motions are ALWAYS necessary when the statement is made).

Whattheheck

Enjoy your Burrito. With all of our hours logged in the car this year, we became avid followers of several podcasts (some of our favorites include This American Life, TEDTalks, Freakonomics Radio, and Radiolab). One of the most addicting has been The Nerdist Podcast. Every week, Chris Hardwick interviews a famous person; some of our past favorites have been Zooey Deschanel, Tom Hanks, Bryan Cranston, Alton Brown, and Louie C.K. At the end of every episode, they sign off by saying “enjoy your burrito,” which means enjoy the present, where you are right now (this article does an excellent job explaining the genesis of this phrase). This has been a helpful reminder to me time and time again this year, especially since I am someone who is always planning for what comes next.

So these are new concepts and additions for me in 2012. Do you have any new phrases that stand out to you from 2012?

(Want to write for Reverb12? You can find the daily prompts here.)

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