#Reverb14 – Day 2: Release

Day 2: release

What unfinished projects from 2014 am you willing to release now? (Regret not required.)


This has been the year where I learned to drop my expectations and stop fretting so much about what I did or did not do – what I did or did not accomplish.

I spent much of my life living in this sort of dreamworld of expectations. I expected my birthday to be a certain way, I wanted Christmas to be magical and contain specific elements in order for it to be perfect, and so on…

Somehow now matter what I did it never lived up to those expectations and I would be crestfallen. Rather than focus on the inherent magic and wonder of the season – of those events, I would miss it.

The moment I stopped requiring these ridiculous requirements – these over-the-top expectations of how things should be, I started actually enjoying myself. Birthdays and Christmas and other special times became more fantastic than I could have imagined.

It was an epiphany of sorts.

I try to not hold on to those things any more. I try to just live in the moment and do the things I need to get done and not freak out about the things or projects I did not get to. I enjoy what is and not what I imagine it should be.

This is a big thing for me. It is something I carried with me since childhood and it feels so liberating to finally be able to let that go and just live. 🙂


It’s Reverb 14! Time for us to kick back a bit and reflect on 2014. We’d love for you to join us! Just stop on over at:katmcnally.com  to find out how!

10 thoughts on “#Reverb14 – Day 2: Release

  1. Being on the East Coast with children is one of the most harrowing experience of “expectation” I have ever lived. Just thinking about it makes me cringe! This year we decided (GASP!!!) to not do birthday parties! I realize that will probably mean that my beautiful, friendly lovely children will never have friends again in their lives, but what the hell? I can’t take these damn parties anymore! I hate them! I hate giving GIFTS to the kids who come to the parties! WHYYYYYY.
    So that is one thing about “expectations” that I get. It’s different for every place you live, and it depends on the life you’ve chosen, but there are always these cultural pressures. They are real and they are (OFTEN) really stupid.

    • Our birthdays have always been family affairs – never a big to do. I don’t understand the whole huge party thing. Our birthdays are quiet, lovely and intimate. I hope it always stays that way! 🙂

  2. Love your take on today’s prompt for Reverb14. It’s not easy to let go of expectations few how we think things should be and part of that means listening to our inner voice of what we would LIKE to have. Good for you on making this effort in your life!

  3. I love the sound of your epiphany! I’m slowly coming to a similar realisation myself.
    PS Thank you for tweaking your comments thingamajig! 🙂

    • Hi Kat! Sorry about the problem with comments earlier! And thank you for Reverb. I’m having a ball and I NEEDED this so badly. HUGS.

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