Since I’m so big on goal-setting, reflection, and all that mushy stuff, I’ve decided to participate in #reverb10. 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.
December 1 – 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?
The reason I enjoy blogging so much is because it serves as my own personal archive of the thoughts, experiences, and emotions I was feeling at a certain time in my life. In order to begin this blog post, I needed to refer to a post I had written a year ago over at my previous blog. The post I referenced was about the New Year’s resolutions I had set for 2010, and I needed it to help me encapsulate the year 2010 in one word.
After reading the post, remembering what my resolutions were for 2010, and exactly why I had set them, it occurred to me that at that point in my life, I was looking for a sense of balance. A year ago, I was going to school full-time and working two part-time jobs, as well as an internship. Because I had such a full plate of commitments, I was constantly busy, tired, and stressed. I wasn’t eating right and I couldn’t find the time to exercise. Essentially, I was a hot mess, on the inside and out. I remember that time in my life and ask myself, “When did I ever find the time to sleep or make time for myself? Was it worth all of the stress? How did I even manage to survive such an intense semester? What was I thinking?”
After that semester was over, I made a promise to take care of myself. To not take on so much in life that I start to get beyond overwhelmed. To start eating right and making sure I have enough time in my schedule to practice yoga or go for a run at the gym. To find a sense of balance in my life where I devote an equal amount of time to my education, my job, and myself. And that’s exactly what I did this year. I achieved the sense of balance that I needed, and because of this balance, I gained back control.
When I think about my goals for next year, these are the main ideas that come to mind: travel, wander, explore. Explore is the word I want to encapsulate the year 2011. I keep saying how I’ve been bitten by the travel bug, and I’ve been bit hard; I want to see the world and all of the beauty it contains. In addition to this kind of exploring, however, I want to explore the opportunities and possibilities that present themselves to me: internships, jobs, dancing, teaching, moving to another city, state, or even country. In the year 2011, I want to explore what the world, as well as my own life, has to offer.