#Reverb15 – Day 8: Alchemy & Serendipity


While alchemy is the active process of creating something of value, serendipity is the passive path to finding an unexpected treasure.

Looking back through 2015, what did you diligently try to create?

What great thing did you just happen to find?


2015 has not been the most creative of years for me. At least not in the writing sense.

I would say it has been a year of cultivation more than creating. But of course, one could say those two things go hand in hand.

My love of photography is cultivating in interesting ways. I find I am drawn to night sky photography right now and deriving enormous pleasure in playing with settings and seeing what interesting shots I can get.

It’s funny because I started off this year – back in January –  brimming with hope and excitement over my renewed focus on creating. Truth is, I’ve been so busy with external projects – things for other people that my own projects have suffered.

But now that I think of it, I have been rather creative. I photographed a friend’s wedding. I shot video of another friend’s wedding and am working on edits for that. I have been consistently designing posters/fliers for groups with which I am involved, I am working on a website for another friend. I help out with a fundraiser each year at my daughter’s school and there is a lot of creativity that goes into creating the baskets for that event. I came up with the name for an award that will be given out in our district and then I designed the certificate.

Please do not get me wrong, this is not a list of me thumping my chest saying, look what I did! It’s more of me going over the things I did accomplish this year and it really has not hit me until this very moment that I have not been slacking creatively.  Quite the opposite, really.

Looking back,  it’s been rewarding and fun. And I think what thrills me the most is that others – the ones I do this for – the people I help – seem to really appreciate it and are happy with what I present to them. THAT is what really makes me happy – when I am helping others and giving back.


Reverb is a yearly writing challenge that takes place in December. Being the end of the year, it is the perfect time to reflect and think about all that we hold dear to us and to let go of those things that are weighing us down or holding us back. I hope you’ll join us as we share in this wonderful yearly ritual that has become so dear to so many – especially me.