one word

by @according2kelly on December 1, 2010

reverb10

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?

survival

2010: survival

this past year has definitely been a bit of a roller coaster. lots of up & just as many downs. i feel like i’ve spent the better part of the year, simply hanging on, hoping to survive the ride.  & i’ve definitely forgotten that “life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.”

throughout 2010, i’ve watched life happen around me, as an observer, instead of an active participant – living life in a deep, dark tunnel, constantly trying to reach that itty bitty light i see peeping through. i’ve literally been living life, one day a time, just hoping to survive…

images via etsy

2011: happiness

so often happiness seems to get caught up in the “whens” and “ifs” of life: i will be happy when, or my life will be complete if. this next year, i want to be happy. i want to remember…

anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he’s been robbed. the fact is that most putts don’t drop. most beef is tough. most children grow up to be just ordinary people. most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration.most jobs are more often dull than otherwise…life is like an old-time rail journey – delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling burst of speed. the trick is the thank the lord for letting you have the ride… gordon b. hinckley

in 2011, i want to really ENJOY the ride. i want to stop worrying about the little things in life and start living as though everyday were a special occasion… i want to use my good china for no reason, get gussied up to go to the grocery store, forget about the laundry to spend a little more time with the kids & live with no regrets. i want to remember that “life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away.”

this next year, not only do i want to live, i want to live happily ever after.

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i’m participating with literally thousands of bloggers in a year-end moment of “reflection on what’s happened, and to send out reverberations for the year ahead.” want to play along? go here.

10 comments
Abby
Abby

Great post, and what a great idea! I love the happiness quote. Thanks for sharing.

terri
terri

wow! i found your blog thru a blog of a blog. i am so happy though. i loved the vibrant effect of your post. i am looking for ward to 2011 being a GREAT happy year! happy holidays to you and your family! i am now your latest 'follower' also, btw! ~terri

Beth
Beth

It always seems so odd that the people you put up on a pedestal and imagine they must have the perfect life because they are so fun, funny, beautiful, smart, and vivacious - are living just like I am. My insecurities and issues are not the same as yours, but I can totally relate to how you are feeling. My whole life everything I have ever done I have been told that I should have done better. Your words are always so emotional and inspiring, and I hope you understand how much you can impact other people.

Divian
Divian

I should do something like this. I especially love the art you posted. I am so going to make my one word into a 8x10 and frame it. Yep. Sure am. Thanks for posting!

Norma
Norma

Thanks for sharing, I feel exactly the same way! Love the outlook and the resolution! Hope your coming year is SUPER!

Jess
Jess

Nice. So while you're off being a snow bunny, I'm curled up in my bed in my sweatpants, having your words hit so close to home that I'm a blubber ball. Something here seems off...oh right, there are no bon-bons on my nightstand to comfort me. Thanks for posting this Kelly!

kim- today's creative blog
kim- today's creative blog

Well Miss Kelly.......you are my feature today! I feel like I already should have met you, but we haven't .........yet. Please email me for your featured button.

Sheila
Sheila

Oh my gosh, we must be living in a parallel universe! I have had a similar year. While trying to survive the stuff I thought was already bad enough, came more tragedy and destruction and death. Good grief! I'm no spring chicken, and I thought I would have passed these things/stages long ago! Somehow, (surely not with evidence of such...) I have received a glimmer of hope! Thank Heavens! I am hanging onto that glimmer with all I've got! Thanks for the kindred thoughts (even though I'd never wish the type of year I've had with ANYONE). I "feel" ya! :) Sheila

Whit
Whit

Thanks for the post! I too needed that!

Chanda
Chanda

Great post - just what I needed to read this morning. Thanks! Happy day to you.

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