Reverb12 Prompt 13: Cheese!

Moving right along, Reverbers.



Prompt 13:

Please post your favourite picture of yourself from 2012, self-portrait or otherwise!

In February, I started using a social goals program called to work on my 2012 goals. It has a great interface and was developed by Brooklyn-based female entrepreneur, Jenn Vargas, who is completely lovely and an inspiration to anyone who wants to create something that is meaningful to the world and ship.

In addition to publicly declaring your goals on, you can accept challenges from the community and one of the challenges I accepted was to take a picture of myself every day in 2012.

I fell short. By a lot.

But if it wasn’t for the challenge, I wouldn’t have created a Dropbox folder for this project and taken 100 or so pictures of myself through the year and stored them. I learned a lot even in my half-ass attempt.

Taking pictures of myself over time has its pros and cons. On the benefit side… when I look at the pictures altogether, I feel more attractive than I often feel on a day-to-day basis. I’m not so bad on the eyes, world! On the negative side, I can physically see some of the health challenges I’ve had at different times this year etched on my face and it makes me wistful and also angry at myself for not taking better care of my body when I have had the opportunity to make better choices.

But enough of the reflection- here is the winner for my favorite picture. There were a few finalists, but most were private pictures that I took for specific reasons and I decided to keep them private even though they made my heart sing. My favorite picture is one I took of myself on Halloween as Effie Trinket of The Hunger Games. I hadn’t dressed up for Halloween since I was 12 and was worried about looking dumb, as well as wearing a short wig. So it represents a risk for me. But it also seemed to go over okay… ahem… especially with men.

Maybe more wigs are in my future for 2013?!?

October 31

Here is another shot with a flirty smile. Why helllllllooooooo Haymitch!


And my attempt at a serious look. Effie does send children to their death, you know.