With the help of my lovely Facebook friends I came up with my word for 2011.....Embrace....
I was trying to think of a word that encapsulated all that was going to be happy this year, with a new job position and challenge at work, a wedding to plan, a house to buy and an end of the year overseas trip to plan. Now I am a bit of a stressor - and to achieve all of these things and be successful I know I will need to remain level headed and 'embrace' each thing, one step at a time, to make sure I enjoy this exciting journey ahead. Therefore with the help of the lovelyGigi, the word embrace came to be my word for this year.
1.To clasp or hold close with the arms, usually as an expression of affection.
a.To surround; enclose: We allowed the warm water to embrace us.
b.To twine around: a trellis that was embraced by vines.
3.To include as part of something broader. See synonyms at include.
4.To take up willingly or eagerly: embrace a social cause.
5.To avail oneself of: "I only regret, in my chilled age, certain occasions and possibilities I didn't embrace" (Henry James).
A reflection on last years word 'achieve'
My goal was to achieve success in:
* success in my relationships; with Clint, my family and friends (continuing the strong bond with my long time friends and making new ones)
I think I did this one....I managed to take the next step with Clint who is now my fiance, continue my friendships with my current friends and make new scrappy buddy friends too!
* success in my workplace and help the children in my class achieve their full potential.
Last year was a tough year in school, but I did manage to have a good year. I applied for a position to teach in Grade 4 an Open Learning Classroom within my school and got it (the first classroom of this sort in our school) which professionally means a lot of professional development and a bit of excitement on my behalf to be able to embrace this new contemporary style of teaching. Also, with my strength being Literacy, I have got a position on the Literacy Team for the 2011 school year.
* success in my scrapbooking layouts which I hope to be proud of; that document my life, who I love and what is special to me right now - if that means getting published also I will consider that a bonus!
A good year, scrapbooking wise, with numerous layouts being accepted for publication in scrapping magazines. The first in a French mag, then a newbie acceptance to Scrapbook Creations, a number in Scrapbooking Memories and the most recent achievement in Creating Keepsakes. Most acceptances though, will appear in the magazines towards the start of this year. I managed to also begin documenting my travel through scrapbooking and are nearly finished my Hong Kong album, with the next goal being to start my Turkey album - whilst continuing to scrap those everyday photos that I love :)
* success in how I view myself as a person, my confidence, my looks, etc.....I want to feel comfortable to be able to be 'me'!
Personally, I think this year has been a good one for me......I always find I go through highs and lows - but the majority of my year and personal views of myself and my life has been positive which has been great!
So this years word 'Embrace' -
*I want to embrace all of the opportunities that come my way and give my best in all that I do....I want to make sure that I do not let things get the better of me/on top of me....but embrace all that comes my way, hold it nice and close, treasure the special times and surround myself with these positive and exciting opportunities.
*Looking forward to a big year ahead*
On a lighter note, with the revamp of my blog and my word for 2011.....I have decided to add a followers bar to my blog.
Anyone who follows my blog will have a chance to score some scrappy goodness from me!!!!!(I consider that I do good RAK (Randon Act of Kindness) packs - just ask the lovely Gi)
*You get an extra ticket in the draw if you comment on my RAK on your blog, and let me know about it by leaving a comment in this post*
I will close my 'followers' mission and your chance to win a RAK on Sunday 30th Jan......lets see how many I can get!!!!
Here are some pics, I tried to coordinated the pack and did a quick guestimate and there is approx. $80 of retail value here!