Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors).
I think the default answer to this particular prompt would be something to the effect of “One glorious day this summer, I was hiking in the wilderness and stopped near a bubbling brook. The air was crisp, the grass was green and I breathed in the fresh mountain air. It made me feel so alive. Blah, blah, blah…”
Yeah, yeah. Mine is nothing like that. Hands down my moment this year was the moment I received the job offer for this new position I am in at this new company. (Notice the repetition of the word new. Further cements that “new” was my word for 2010.”
That moment made me feel so alive. It made me feel like I was valuable. That I had proven that I was worth more, and that I could do more. And that I had big things in store for my future. It gave me a big change that I had been needing for a while. Not that I was desperate to leave my job – I had a great job. I just needed something new in my life, a breath of fresh air, if you will, and this one moment gave me that outlet.
Funny thing about change is… when I was living back home in Arkansas, change was one of the things I feared the most. But the moment I decided to pack up and move to the mountains in Colorado for the winter, my life had changed. I became someone who embraced change – who needed change.
Yes, hands down, my moment this year was starting a new job – a new path in life. And many, many more years in Denver.
This post is a part of #reverb10. Reverb 10 is an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next. The end of the year is an opportunity to reflect on what’s happened, and to send out reverberations for the year ahead.
I decided to participate in this year’s #Reverb10.
Last year, I heard many, many wonderful things about #best09 from Cali and because she is part of the crew putting on the #reverb10, I was even more anxious/excited to jump head on into this challenge.
What’s it all about, you ask?
Reverb 10 is a daily blogging challenge throughout the month of December. Each day, participants are given a prompt which will spark stories and reflections on the past year. It’s also designed to put you in a mindset to manifest ideas for how you would like to start off 2011. Sound cool? Join the challenge!
Prompt: 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?
In thinking about the last year, the best word I can think of to describe it is simply new.
Visiting new places.
The last year was good to me. Sure, we had our ups and downs, 2010 and me, but I believe if you continue to look to the future and keep your chin up, you can get through nearly anything.
Now, for the word that I’d like to describe 2011… brave.
I want to be brave to build on the amazing things that have happened this year. Be brave enough to finish things I start. Don’t let my fears hold me back. Don’t let my procrastination hold me back. Don’t let anything get in the way of me accomplishing what I know I’m capable of — and more importantly, what I deserve.
Well, here’s to beginning this journey. I’m looking forward to tackling this challenge and meeting others through it. Cheers.