I read about this campaign on Angry Julie Monday’s blog and really liked the concept, so even though I have my 12 days of Christmas going on plus daily posts I am already working on, I thought why not challenge myself just a little bit more!
The intent is to spend the month of December (1-31) “reflect[ing] on your year and manifest[ing] what’s next” and that is something that I can get into writing about.
I have a few days to make up, three to be exact, so here we go with the first:
One Word. Encapsulate the year 2010 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 2011 for you?
My word for 2010 is:
Growing up an Army brat I was accustomed to the constant change of being on the move and meeting new people, learning about the new area or new country that I was now living in. As an adult I still thrive of the change of scenery that travel affords me.
But this is different. The changes were a little bit de-stabilizing and even now towards the end of 2010 I am still trying to adjust to some of them.
At the beginning of the year I shifted roles within my organization. I went from doing something that I had been doing for fifteen years, to doing something I had only been doing personally for fifteen months. It is a new space with new rules, and I was no longer in my comfort zone. I have years of experience in project management and process management as well as online marketing that give me a good foundation, but learning and doing the rest has been exhilarating and at times stressful. I thrive on change, I am starting into get my rhythm, but I am not completely there yet.
In June I lost a boss who I had respected tremendously and who had been a great mentor. I have been filling the gap as much as I can, but it is not the same without him or someone like him around.
This past year there has been a change, or rather a shift in a friendship that has already managed to survive twenty-something years of shifting! My best friend and I turned 40 and 50 and spent two girl’s weekends away – the first in our history! We still don’t see each other that often but we count on each other in such a deep and meaningful way, it never seems to matter. I count on her to support me and she does. The changes there have been good and I can’t see anything stopping us from being old biddy friends at 70 and 80!
This year there was a profound change in my capacity to be happy in my normal life. Containing my urges was more difficult this year and I am struggling to figure out why? Is this a mid-life crisis? Or just me wanting to escape because of new challenges?
That brings me to my word for 2011 which I think will help me figure it out: CLARITY
I hope to look back next year and feel content in the fact that I spent the twelve months finding focus. That I quit tempering my ambition, that I stop undermining my skills and simply went for it. Another year of age will also bring me another year of knowledge and I look forward to reveling in the fact that I am starting to understand myself (the good and the bad) more and accepting who I am.
Yes, I think clarity is a good word to have for next year.
What about you? What would be your word for 2010? For 2011?