I’m participating in Gwen Bell’s #Reverb10 project for December. According to the website, “Reverb 10 is an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next. The end of the year is an opportunity to reflect on what’s happened, and to send out reverberations for the year ahead. With Reverb 10, we’ll do both.” Gwen and her masterminds put out daily creative prompts for reflection and manifestation. I LOVE it! I think it’s important to reflect on what’s past and look forward with intention toward the future; this is a fabulous opportunity to engage in those as we close out this year and welcome the next.
Yesterday was the kickoff and the first prompt was, “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?” I spent most of the day pondering my one word for each year.
Two words kept coming to mind for 2010, but as I spent time writing and reflecting in my journal, I came to a clear consensus. My word for 2010 is SEARCHING. As I look back over this past year, I see so evidently that I was truly on a search. I was searching for community, a creative path, and grounding.
I was searching for community as I tried to make more connections in my still new-ish city. I was searching for community as I invited a small group of women in my local area to become a creative and collaborative group for one another. I was searching for community as I launched this blog, and as I attended Squam Art Workshops. I was searching for community as I attempted to develop an inspiring retreat in Oregon for a handful of women whose creative endeavors and longings I admire.
I was searching for a creative path. I was seeking a creative outlet(s) that resonated for me. I began searching out creative opportunities to take photography classes (both live and online), to begin a blog, to explore artistic endeavors outside my comfort zone at Squam. I was searching for ways to expand my creative self through a regular journal practice and even buying my first art supplies. I was also searching for grounding. I was searching for a sense of spirituality and rootedness. I began searching these parts of my soul through journaling and attending a liberal and open-minded church (in the Midwest? I know, who’d a thought it). I returned to yoga to seek this grounding. Overall, I was searching for my Self. 2010 was my year of SEARCHING.
As I started to think about what reverberations I want to send out for 2011, I came up with six words. As I thought more about these six, I realized that one kept calling to me, and I trust this is the word that resonates best for my 2011: CREATIVITY. I eagerly want to follow this creative path I’ve begun in earnest this year. I want to keep exploring my creative self and find my inner artist who was squelched back in 2nd grade. I also see how creativity encompasses the other five words I was considering–exploration, journey, connection, open, and authentic. If I am to be creative and live that in 2011, I need to continue on this journey and keep going with my explorations. Creativity requires me to be open and authentic, to listen to my creative longings. And I believe through creativity, I will find connection, to others and to my Self. So yes, for 2011, CREATIVITY.
What is your one word for 2010 and 2011?