Reverb 10 | Prompt 1 | One Word

I posted just a quick bit about Reverb 10 yesterday in a post on my projects blog. I'm thinking I'll try and answer the Reverb 10 prompts here and keep the December Daily posts going on the projects blog. Not sure I can keep up with both of these at the same time, but I'm going to try.


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? (Author: Gwen Bell)

As many of you who are regular readers know, my word for 2010 was story (with a bit of a secret word being athlete).

Story has been a fantastic word for me.

Like most of my other words in past years, it's shown itself in lots of different ways in my life. It shows up most obviously in the work I do - scrapbooking, writing, documenting, etc. In addition I find myself reflecting more on my life story - the past, present, and future me. I think about how I want my story to be written going forward and how that impacts the choices I make right now. It's challenged me to adjust some attitudes and ways I think about myself and is a really good reminder of being the best me I can be - that's what I want my story to be.

I also have been thinking a lot about the story of our family and how the four of us fit together as a unit.

Story is a word that will stay close to my heart throughout my life. It is me.

My secret word of athlete has been an adventure as well. I completed my first sprint triathlon - my main goal for 2010. I signed up to do it again next year. I kinda want to make this one a life word as well - one that is close to my heart and one that never leaves my side.

After the triathlon in August I ran a 5K in October - since then I haven't done much. Just this past Monday I started running again. The biggest thing I've noticed so far is how much I actually enjoy running in the gray, wet Oregon weather vs. inside on the treadmill. We'll see if that changes as it gets colder and wetter. For now I'm loving being outside in the cold air - it's clearing my head more than I imagined possible.

I've got my word chosen for 2011 but I'm not ready to share it just yet. I'm actually right in the middle of working on something exciting for One Little Word in 2011 that will help me make my chosen word my visible in my life. I'll have more details available at the end of this month.


Reverb 10 is a series of prompts with the tagline “reflect on this year & manifest what’s next.” You can sign up to receive a free daily prompt via email. Really wonderful jumpstarts for storytelling this past year.

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