Like some of my favorite blogging friends, I’m taking part in #Reverb10, a blogging initiative that provides prompts every day for the month of December with the intent of reflecting on the past year and looking forward to what’s to come. While I can’t promise that I’ll be rising to the challenge of blogging every day, reflecting on the past for future growth is pretty much in this blog’s description, and so I was eager and excited to become a part of this movement.
Going forward, posts that are a part of this challenge will be tagged appropriately, so look for more throughout this next month. Are you taking part? Let me know! I’d love to see your own reflections and words on how you’d like to manifest positive change in the coming year.
“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?”
Last year, after a few personally rough emotional years, I vowed that things would be different, and with that vow, my life began to slowly transform. Without even realizing it, 2009 had turned into a year of healing — in more ways than one. Old wounds that had been left wide open began to disappear, with barely a scar as a reminder of what once was, while a heart that had been firmly guarded shut began to open to possibility and promise. It was a time of renewal, it was a time of discovery, it was a time of moving on.
And an awakening it was to be. Even I can’t quite believe what a difference a year can make, what has occurred between then and now and how much I have changed in just this short span of time: I’ve recovered from an illness; I’ve been happily employed and promoted within a year; I’ve nurtured friendships old and new, worked on creative projects, seen my name published in print; I’ve bought a house.
I’ve come into my own in so many ways…
But most importantly, I’ve found myself again. I’ve reawakened that part of myself that has always found beauty and passion in everything — everything. I’ve rediscovered that girl who thrives on independence but values the comfort of those she holds dearest, the woman who knows her heart is sensitive, but can find a strength there just the same.
A rediscovery. A reawakening of the self.
With so many changes occurring in just the past year, it’s hard to imagine what this next year could have in store. But I’m ready for it, eagerly awaiting it all — the beauty, the lessons, the challenges, the triumphs — with open arms.
And so, as this year begins to draw to a close, I’ve chosen my word, my theme, for 2011:
Embrace those dreams that light a fire in your soul.
Embrace the beauty of a life that you can call your very own.
Embrace love in all of its many, varied forms.
Embrace this moment, this journey, this life.
Embrace it all.