I'm diving into Reverb2011. I just saw that my dear friend Tiffany is doing this really cool exercise with some other awesome folks as way to more purposely reflect on 2011 and prepare with more intention for 2012. So I'm in!
Each day in December Carolyn at A Beautiful Ripple Effect will post a new prompt for reflection.
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I'm a few days behind so I'm going to play catch up. I may not share my responses to these every day, but I'll try to share the ones that really resonate with me.
Prompt #1: One Word
Encapsulate the year 2011 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2012 for you?
(Author: Gwen Bell)
My word for 2011 would be
This year has been filled with so much promise. So much possibility. I pick the word promise both in noun and verb form.
*I got engaged and promised to enter into a marriage and spend the rest of my life with "my person." (we always say "you're my person.") Like the person that I depend on–my other half. you know my person. I've never typed that out before, and it looks odd. That's why I'm over-explaining.
with that promise comes the hope of a life full of building. not of a life of ease and painless joy. but one of building. and joy that comes with all the effort and thoughtfulness it takes to build some well and equally the pleasure it brings to spend a life building something wonderful that makes both of your lives better. a marriage.
*I got promoted. twice. I think. and my roles and responsibilities at work really changed and dramatically increased. and with that comes the promise of the opportunity to make real change. the authority to have an impact.
*I started a blog (!) and promised myself that I would carve out time in my life to do this one thing for me. and I think a promise to yourself is the most precious kind. and as I break all sorts of other promises to myself: to eat better, exercise more, drink less, it has been nice to find this small promise I can keep. I can carve out the time write on this blog, to take pictures of important moments, to think about my life as it unfolds simply because it gives me joy (really whether anyone else reads it or not).
*in general, this year has been filled with promise and possibility. the kind that takes your life into new directions. marriage. career. but in the midst of those type of big changes that can spin life into a whirlwind, this year I have tried to promise myself that I will continue to live my every day life in a way that gives me joy.
I would like my word for 2012 to be:
This word or words seem obvious in some ways already to you I'm sure in regards to my life. In 2012 I will commit to a marriage. I'll continue to commit to my best in my job.
But for me commitment is the critical next step after promise that solidifies the path. And I want to most of all commit to myself that I will continue to pursue the things that I have promised to myself and laid out for myself. I will continue to write and blog and ensure that my creative life doesn't get lost in the shuffle of big commitments.
I also am making a commitment to myself to change some things in my life that I have been thinking about for a long time. to be healthier and more purposeful. with every moment of every day.
What are your words for 2011 and 2012?