One Word. Encapsulate the year in one word. Explain why youâ€™re choosing that word. Now, imagine itâ€™s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2013 for you?
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
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.