I’m participating in #reverb10 throughout the month of December. Please take a moment to check it out and think about participating. One of my very favorite lovelies is behind it, Ms. Caligater aka Cali :) Here we go with the very first writing prompt!
December 1 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?
(Author: Gwen Bell)
If you know me very well at all, you know that I dream big. I think big, I plan big, and I just plain dream big. At various points in the last five years I’ve considered going to med or law school, start my own company, opening a science & tech art gallery, or becoming a full time artist. Let’s gloss over the fact that I haven’t made a single piece of art in the last five years, shall we? On a smaller scale, I’ve planned to start running, write a cookbook, knit a king sized blanket after I finish Rich’s scarf, take up pottery again, and post at least weekly on this blog. My poor blog is happy to get one post a month. I have at least identified a pottery studio and looked up classes (nothing compatible with my schedule right now). After about a year, I’m almost to the halfway point on that scarf. I do have over 100 pages of that cookbook written and some photos set aside. Running? Yeah, I can’t claim to have done anything but think about the cute shoes I could buy. Let’s just say I have a problem with committing to an idea and executing. I do a great job at this at work, but I just can’t seem to get it down after hours. With one huge exception. I decided that I wanted to move to Boulder. I didn’t just want to move to Boulder. I wanted to already have a job–a very good job–lined up and waiting for me. I was ridiculed and just flat out laughed at for trying this in the current economic state. Also? My friends and family were used to hearing my plans and not seeing them go anywhere. But…I committed, and it feels oh so good!
I committed to a few other things this year, too. I’m a volunteer on a regular, committed basis–the first time since high school. I am taking over operations for SnapImpact. I’m getting there, and I am committed. Most of all, I committed to being utterly and completely myself. I wasn’t pretending to be someone else or acting a certain way to gain anyone’s approval before. I just wasn’t completely, openly, honestly me. I held back. I bit my tongue (sometimes). Now, I am just me, and it’s refreshing and rewarding. Much love to all of my friends that like me just the way I am :)
Oh and the most important thing about me and commitment? When I decide, it’s done. Mr. Welch has nothing to worry about :)
When we first moved to Boulder, I planned to participate in a very, very long list of activities and events. Not long ago, I had scheduled 10 straight days with at least one event per day. Thankfully, I scaled back, but I had to break some dates and rearrange some things. I hope that at the end of 2011, I will look back and see that I have found balance–not just throwing things overboard when I’m sinking.