A major reason I don’t try to pick one word for the year is that it doesn’t work for me. I like to re-evaluate and focus my life as needed – thus why I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions but rather strive for better living year-round. I don’t like to do things that aren’t sincere, and I don’t like to do things halfway. That said, if I was choosing a word for 2010 another contender I’d have would be HONEST.
True to myself and others, being upfront, doing what I love, not deceiving myself or others. These are all things I strive for already, and really who doesn’t need to keep a focus on honest living every year? Yes, if I was choosing a word this would be a top pick.
If I’m being honest, (and when am I not?) I’m bummed I didn’t get a job that I went out for. I really thought I’d be good for it… but wasn’t picked.
3 – 2 – 1.
Now I’m over it.
The thing is, in this creative industry you have to focus on yourself and what you are good at. No point moping or wasting energy on what might have been. Keep moving forward! In my experience looking around at other people or trying to do something because it’s popular isn’t a good idea. No, you have to understand that sometimes you don’t have what they are looking for and that is OK. Just keep working hard, enjoying what you do, and put yourself out there. It’s really not personal or an attack on you if you don’t get chosen for something. I’m also a big believer in ‘unanswered prayers’ – sometimes what is meant to be is way better than what you think you want in the moment. I could write paragraphs about my outlook on scrapbooking as a professional/beyond hobby… maybe some other day.
Bottom line? I’m keeping myself honest, and it’s another word to live by this year.