Friday, December 17, 2010

2010 Word of the Year




















I have something to share with you. I'm going to let go of any attempt to act cool about it, and just be honest and tell you that I'm having a moment. A "jumping up and down, life just gave me a gift, the world rocks right now" moment. You see, I've been following Christine Kane's blog for years. Her words motivate and often guide me. It was because of this post that I made a vision board last January. Posts like this have helped me when I'm feeling stuck. And this one? Don't even get me started. The woman just knows what she's talking about.

Case in point? Last year, Christine suggested her readers pick a word for the year, as a way of setting their intention. In December of 2009, she posted her readers' stories. They wrote in about the words they had chosen, and the paths their lives had taken. Reading all their stories, I was inspired to choose my own word. I didn't tell anyone this, but my secret hope was that somehow my word would lead me to a happier place and then next year I would be one of those people writing about my story on Christine's blog. 

It's not such a secret anymore, is it? I was never good at keeping secrets anyway. 

I struggled with whether to write this and put it out there for everyone to read. But the words wanted to be written. My story is now on Christine Kane's blog. And you can read about how one simple word can change everything.

7 comments:

Megan Hassen said...

What a great story. A reminder to all of us how important it is to live mindfully, and with intention.

Amanda said...

Thank you for sharing! I feel that commitment is one of the hardest things on the block to accomplish.. but with it comes the perks of loyalty, passion and happiness. Congrats!

themommybowl.com said...

What a beautiful essay you wrote - and what strength it must have taken to really commit (and to realize what you couldn't commit to). Thank you for sharing.

hkpowerstudio said...

Thank you Iris and congratulations on your new life's work! I am in the midst of that feeling of angst and uncertainty about my next step but I did have a moment of clarity recently when I realized that I had to release my old "dreams" and re-commit to new ones. Thanks again, your entry at Christine's blog really resonated with me. I blogged about "Releasing old dreams" just this week.

Stephanie said...

Great essay Iris! I'm so excited for you, and hope things continue to go well in the new year :)

Kim said...

Iris, thank you so much for sharing your word and your story with us all! You have now inspired me to choose a word for next year and maybe I will share my word and story as well. Thank you for being such an inspiration!

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Iris, thank you so much for opening up and sharing your heart with us! I've followed you for the past year or so and am so glad you are finding peace and inspiration. Good for you. Hugs.

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