January 18, 2011

My Word for 2011

I’ve never been good at making resolutions, never mind keeping them.  I’ve generally made sweeping pronouncements like:
  • I will work out 4 times a week
  • I will write a book
  • I will do volunteer work each week
And of course, I was just setting myself up for failure by not chewing down these large goals to bite size portions.

So I got pretty jazzed up by a post I read by Katie Tallo about harnessing the power of momentum. Basically, she wrote about how she changed one aspect of her life and watched in awe as momentum went to work, changing other things in her life for the better. She explains:

I quit smoking. That one simple yet meaningful change shifted my direction just enough to spark momentum.

Quitting smoking led to running and yoga which led to becoming a vegetarian which led to…well, you’ll probably read the post yourself so I won’t give it all away, but her entire blog is devoted to Gathering Momentum

And then, as the New Year was upon us, I started seeing countless posts about having a word for the year versus making resolutions. My favorite is by Christina Katz, mainly because she is a writer and a mom and because she included my favorite poem by Marianne Williamson when she announced her Word for 2011.

Little by little I started to think about abandoning resolutions in favor of choosing one word to guide my actions towards becoming a better person (because, when you boiled it all down, isn’t that what New Years resolutions are all about?) The word momentum has already sparked positive momentum in my life. So, without further ado, I’d like to introduce to you my Word of 2011:


I’m going to resist the temptation to write it as


so don’t worry about that.

Now all I have to do is decide on that one, seemingly insignificant change that will cause other positive changes to occur in my life. My main goal is to have more harmony in my family and to make a difference in the lives of others. At least I’ve made one tiny step towards that goal by choosing my Word for 2011.

Stay tuned.

What’s your
Word for 2011?


Stacey D'Amico said...

I love this idea. I gave up making resolutions also because of feeling worse from never being able to keep up with them. I have been de-cluttering or "Decrapifying" with more gusto than I ever have this month. I'm going to stick with this as my Word and hope it builds momentum to using that Gym memebrship that's being going unused for months which will lead to Um - gosh ... who knows what next?

Anonymous said...

Yes, simple and to the point = manageable. I'm going to try this out with my students and perhaps collaborate with the art teacher ..see what momentum you stirred! ~ Connie Smith

Issaquah Chiropractic said...

I love your idea, it inspired me a lot. Indeed it change my perspective.

Donna B. said...

My word for 2011 is "kindness". My Mom said that the most important thing you could do in this life was to be kind. To friends, to strangers, to those you love and to yourself. I always come back to this. It never fails me.

Mary @ A Simple Twist of Faith said...

My word is BALANCE! Thanks for visitng my new site, Andrea. To answer, your question I am still getting use to typepad. But then, I am NOT tencho-savy. I switched because I wanted the option of advertising in the future, and I cannot do that on my wordpress site.

Amber said...

Okay, Mom-entum is brilliant, you should ALWAYS write it like that, lol. I'm new to your blog today, love it! I'm loving these one word posts lately too.