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Friday, December 17, 2010

Ch-ch-ch-changes....time to pick your Word

‎"Reflect on what you have done in the past and choose how you will act in the future. It's never too soon to begin or too late to start"
~ unknown

It is that time of year again...that time when I start to seriously think what I want my Word for the following year to be. Not familiar with the concept of One Little Word? Here is an excerpt of a post I did about it last year:

Are you all familiar with the concept of One Little Word? This is a concept I have followed for several years now. Some of my past words have been shine (2009), simplify (2008), and create (2007). I have usually done pretty well with living my word each year. Of course there is always room for improvement. This year I had a hard time choosing my word. There were actually two words that I kept going back to, and as I spent a few weeks going over and over these two words and trying to choose one, a third word made it's way in to the mix. Ultimately I decided....who says there is a rule that I have to pick just one word? There isn't! So I chose all three, one of which, ironically, is choices. My other two words for 2010 are energy and live. I love that all three of these words complement each other so well. I am not going to go in to too much detail about why I chose these words, but I will share a bit throughout the year how I feel I am doing with them. What about you? Have you chosen a word, or words or even a phrase, for the year?

I am really excited for the Word I have chosen for 2011! If the title of this post didn't give it away....my Word for 2011 is change.  There are many, many, many reasons why I chose this word for 2011, not all of which I will go in to on this blog, but there is one I will share. 

On January 22, 2011 I turn 40!!! Yes, I do think that is exciting, hence, the multiple exclamation points. I am not in the least bit freaked out about turning 40. It is just a number and I never really got why women would fret about it. I firmly believe you are only as old as you feel and act. I don't feel 40 and I sure as hell don't act it! The age, though, is still a milestone. And as I near the end of my 30's and get ready to head in to this new decade of life I am reflecting quite a bit on where I have been and what I have done and how my life played out....and I am not entirely thrilled with all of it. True, I have been immensely blessed in many ways, but I have also changed in ways I am not happy with. I feel like here and there I lost little pieces of myself that I would like to get back.

So, for 2011, change it is. Lots of changes. Some very big changes. All good and all necessary.

I have a second Word...patience. I will need it.

What is your Word?


Leann said...

I think that we're only as old as we feel. When I'm with our sons girlfriends I feel like I'm ther age - wink:)

Haven't thought about my word yet. I usually do that the week before Christmas and New Year's.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas my Friend!

Cheryl said...

Great word, Kristen! I look forward to reading about all the changes next year, and I hope they will bring about much happiness.

Christa said...

Good choice! My word for next year is dedication. I need to get busy and be dedicated to my health!

Staci said...

The link to AE "One Little Word" was broken so I did some searching and found this archived goodness... http://aliedwards.com/blog/one-little-word

Glad I read this - it gave me some direction and something to think about. Hmmmm... In One Little Word what do I want for myself in 2011...

I really want to sit down and think about this one...

Thanks Kristen!

Staci said...

Oh - she's offering a class! Are you taking part in the class?