Wednesday, December 1, 2010

One word (Reverb10, Day One)

Yeah, whatever, I'm back. It's quiet in the suburbs, y'all. I can't sleep here. I read everyone's Reverb10 entries and got mad jealous. So last night I wrote this even though I told myself I really couldn't blog for awhile. I'm fully aware of how lame my one-day exit fromt the blogosphere is. Moving on... Reverb10!! (Hands clapping excitedly)

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?
(Author: Gwen Bell)

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In order to talk 2010, I have to remind you of the hell that was 2009. I started 2009 jobless, close to penniless, and living in my parents' house. So, that year was a complete reconstruction, the gathering of basics that I so needed.

2010 was about more - I added on to my life with reckless abandon. A new job meant more responsibility, and required more concentration. The job also gave me more flexibility in work hours, which I traded in for more duties as a dance coach. My first-ever freelance gig gave me more experience but also more sleepless nights. My new apartment and car gave me more bills. A new relationship gave me more support than I knew was possible, and now that it has ended I am filled with more gratitude than ever that we took a risk and then pulled out before it was too late. More homecomings, reunions, and trips reminded me that my web of friends has never been more full, and that it is in fact likely to keep growing.

2010 was about more but looking back, the mores are now too much. 2011, as I mentioned, will be about balance. Prioritizing the duties and tasks, and making time only for the people who matter. Blocking out the noise and remembering that a full life is one you have the time to enjoy.

3 comments:

sararagaller said...

THANK GOD. I was a little bummed you were going to miss reverb since you're the one who introduced me to it.

All in good balance.

Gina Marie said...

Thanks, Sara. In a way, I think the challenge will actually HELP my overload, because it's forcing us all to dig deep. Or maybe my girl crush on GwenBell was just too much to take. I can't decide! :)

Teacher Goes Back to School said...

2010: more - usually the word more makes me curl up and cry, or shout - no! but the way you put it, it actually sounds positive. that there is like magic.

balance: a tough, but worthy challenge.

ps - thanks for the comment on my post today.

reverb kinda rocks and so do gwenbell girlcrushes.