I’ll admit that I’m posting this a little prematurely, since we do have four more days until it’s officially 2011, but I really want to get this out there. It’s going to probably be a pretty long post, so bear with me and let me know if you get to the end!
First, My 2010 Wrapup
I just have to say that this year has had so many ups and downs for me. On a work level, I lost clients, gained new clients, got overloaded with work to the point where I truly wish I had another person to delegate to, spoke at Blog World Expo for the first time, and in recent months hooked up with a fabulous new media company that’s doing some really exciting things in the world of the web.
I’m now officially the Community Manager for Country Time Lemonade, in addition to being the CM for ProBlogger. Working with Kraft Foods, Inc. has already been such an exciting, wonderful experience, and I’m really looking forward to what 2011 is going to bring with our campaigns. ProBlogger is also getting some major additional attention this year, as we’re working on editorial calendars to produce even more fantastic content for our subscribed members. If you’ve not joined in yet, now’s the time!
I’ve actually had to make the conscious decision to not take on any new web development clients at this point. I’m still doing consulting, and social media/community management, but things are a little different around here these days and I seriously no longer have time to build or rebuild any websites.
Offline, I’m still making jewelry and teaching classes. It’s fun, relaxing, makes some extra cash, and gives me a reason to step away from the computer sometimes. Although stay tuned in 2011 for how I’ll be incorporating this into my online world even more. :)
And as for my life in general? Despite the ups and downs that everyone I know is going through, my heart is full. I’m madly in love with my reunited flame from 15 years ago, as of Valentine’s Day 2010. Funny how all this social networking stuff works, eh? ;) We’re living together and are ultimately very happy, with lots of big dreams and goals for our future together. I’ve got an amazing family, wonderful friends, and have made deeper and more meaningful connections with so many this year, both near and far.
I’m “stealing” this idea from my friend Chris Brogan, who’s done this every year since 2006. I wanted to do it last year, and had a few other friends who did, and it totally worked for them, so I figured I’ve got no excuses at this point.
The idea is basically that you come up with three words that will define your actions for the year. Rather than setting yourself a goal and a deadline like “I will lose 40 pounds by August,” you choose a word that will guide you toward your reasoning for wanting to achieve that goal.
My three words for 2011 are: Ground. Breath. Tree.
Ground: When you’re grounded, you’re able to focus on immediate things whilst knowing that the other things that are floating in the air are going to be okay until you can get to them. Ground can also be related to gaining ground, catching up, getting ahead, and making “tracks”.
Breath: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away.” I’ve learned a lot about slowing down and disconnecting this year, like the fact that I need to do more of it. I think over the past year about the times that made me feel the best, and the majority of them had to do with just spending time breathing. The time Erick and I went to the Grafton Peace Pagoda. The nights in bed where I’m drinking tea, crocheting, and watching a movie. Hanging out at a barbecue with our friends and “twirling” with their 5 year old daughter who has all but beaten the Stage IV Neuroblastoma (Cancer) she was born with. This also applies to reactions and taking a breath before having one. Sometimes I think Erick has the patience of a saint to be with me when I get stressed out. ;)
Tree: Aside from the fact that my “Trees” are one of my jewelry series, I’ve always had an affinity for trees. They stretch, reach, grow, hibernate, and are reborn each year just a little stronger and “wiser” than the year before. They’re well-rooted (some would say “grounded”) and yet continue to be a haven for animals, provide food and shade and oxygen, and every single one is different from the next. I’ll let how all this is applying to me be for me, but see how it applies to you.
I wish everyone a very happy, healthy 2011! Please consider participating in “Three Words” and share your posts below in the comments!