Monday, 4 January 2010

My Guest Post on Christine Kane. Plus my Word for 2010.

Happy New Year to everyone!!

At the beginning of 2009, I read what Christine Kane had to say about choosing a Word-of-the-Year. The word I chose was Release. Through 2009 this simple little word made so much difference to me that, when the opportunity arose, I wanted to share. Today my guest post is on Christine's blog. Go across and take a look at all the inspiring stories people have written about their words this year!

Through December I put a lot of thought into what my word should be for 2010. At first nothing was exactly right. Almost, but not quite there. In the middle of so much change, I've been finding it hard to focus on one thing I want to do with my life, never mind narrowing my choices down to just one word.

Also, I realised that after a year of Release, it was so easy for me to play safe and choose another word along the same lines to "continue what I'd started" or, in other words, not have to do anything different and scary. I realised that what I needed was a good kick that would shift me forward into the next phase of my life.

Finally it clicked.

For 2010 my word is Dare.

For me Dare contains many words in one;
       It means daring to continuously move forward, well out of my current, oh-so-cozy safe-zone.
       It means that while moving forward, I'm trusting that whatever choices I make, whatever risks I take, I will always have what I need and be looked after.. allowing me to move forward fearlessly.
       It means daring to listen to what my intuition tells me, then acting on it.
       It means not trying to blend in with the people around me, being truly me, not being afraid to see things differently from people around me, and being willing to stand out in a crowd.

As the last seconds of 2009 ticked over I promised myself that, as my final act in my year of Release, I would release every previous non-success (I don't believe in failure, just not-yet-there-ness), every ill feeling I have towards anyone in my life (past or present), and every pre-conceived idea of how my life should go... and that I would start completely anew in 2010.

I'm sure there will be challenges to come with this mass-release, but so far all I feel is  happy and free, and I'm loving this year, all four days of it.

I started painting my room last night to make it lighter and fresher. I've moved everything out of it to paint and I plan to only put back what I really, really want or need. I need clear space in which to dream up where to go with all my daring!

And now I'm going to get back to painting, the first haphazard coat is dry now and my brother is ready to help me move the bed.

I wish you all everything wonderful for this new year!