One Word. Encapsulate the year 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 2013 for you?
The one word that captures this year (from 2011 and 2010):
In response to a short lament of my own personal struggles, a friend asked me recently, “But how about stretching your boundaries?”
I calmly replied, “There’s a fine line between stretching your comfort zone and your boundaries.”
Last year, I made changes. In all aspects of life. Jobs, relationships, friendships…etc. But in it, I stretched as far I could…stepping outside of my comfort zone and boundaries. Until I felt that I wasn’t quite me anymore.
But this year, I did both. And I found my preferences and stuck to them. I know what I don’t like and what I like. I surround myself with people that are supportive and encouraging. It’s easier to live with number one fans than to live with critics.
I sought adventures more than I ever did previously in order to rediscover myself. I tried new things so that I can understand myself better. From traveling alone in Europe, pursuing my dream of writing, being a freelancer, and talking to ice cream makers (strangers!) that drove my anxiety meter up the roof.
Meeting friends of friends
Returning to places that once scared or scarred me
Accomplishing my list of 30 before 30
Learning a skill with a trusted friend
Telling my family who I want to be
Next year, I want to be more of the same. I want to finish what I started. I want to say that I am stronger, vivid, intrepid…but all with integrity. I hope that 2013 is success.