A new word for a new year

It’s been 17 days since I last blogged, and I needed every bit of the unplanned vacation I took from social media. It was nice to step back and not check Twitter, Facebook or my blog reader obsessively for two weeks. It helped clear my mind some and gave me a chance to totally focus on the family, friends and work that have occupied my time of late. And even though I’m back to using social media, I’m not using it as much — and I like that.

It’s the last day of 2010, and I’m not sad to see it go. Sure, it was the year I got engaged and bought another house. A few other, smaller good things have happened too, but for the most part my life was completely, utterly and totally out of balance this year, and not in a good way. There was way too much of work and stress in my life this year. A lot of that I couldn’t control, but some of it I could have balanced out by making a better effort to take care of my body and my emotions.

A year ago, my friend Noodles inspired me to choose a word of inspiration that would dictate my 2010. My word was kindness, as in treating others and myself more kindly. I’ve gotten a few lessons and practice in kindness this year, though maybe not enough to live up to my 2010 mantra. Still, I’m going to try another word this year on the off chance it will work better (and I’ll probably make a few resolutions while I’m at it).

I used to pride myself on the balance I had in my life between work and play and relationships and responsibility and everything in between. Balance was my middle name. Obviously that wasn’t the case this past year, so balance is shifting from my middle name to my word of 2011. I’m going to work to keep my ch’i from sloshing around too much or leaking all over the floor. When work gets to be too much, I will go for a run. When I get lazy, I will do work. When I’m feeling out of sorts, I will take a moment to breathe and be still. That social media vacation and my current jogging routine is a good jump start on practicing better balance.

Judging by what my friends have had to say, 2010 wasn’t much a good year for them either, so I’m also going to ask everyone a favor as you get started kicking 2011’s ass. Please put some good karma out into the universe right now, whether it’s with some friendly words, a random act of kindness or just happy thoughts. There’s a lot of us who are yearning for a better year, and if we all send some good vibes to the universe, maybe we’ll get started on the right foot.

Happy New Year.

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10 Responses to A new word for a new year

  1. jacquelyn says:

    Brava! I agree. 2010 was a challenge to be sure, for my little family, many friends, and especially my little brother. I sincerely hope 2011 is better for all of us, close and far, in real life folks and virtual acquaintances.

  2. Noodles says:

    Great word!! May it help you through the year!!

  3. celticbuffy says:

    I wish you well on your journey with kindness. I think it’s something that many people need reminding of. Happy New Year!

  4. allison says:

    sending good vibes!

  5. courtney says:

    Happy New Year to you too! Balance is a fantastic goal, and not easy to achieve, but I know you can do it.

  6. Allie says:

    Wishing you an wonderful, beautiful, and balanced 2011!

  7. Emily says:

    Great choice of words! 2010 was pretty brutal for me too so I’m glad to be looking at the clean slate of 2011. You inspired me last year (although I couldn’t think of a word) this year I’m certain of what it is – consistency!

    Have a great year lovely! xoxo

  8. mickey says:

    And a Happy New Year to you as well!

  9. Jigsha says:

    Balance is a great word. That’s something I’m needing to work on this year too.

    I hope 2011 is off to a great start. Heck, it not being 2010 makes it better already!

    Let’s hang out soon.

  10. You have inspired me. Sending good vibes and also picking a word of my own: forgiveness. (I kinda hate to pick this word because I’m so darn good at holding a grudge. But, really, it’s for the best.) Here’s to 2011!

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