12 Years Blogging: RISE

As of today, I’ve been blogging for 12 years! And what a joy it’s been!

April 29th is my blogging anniversary and the day that I pick my new word for the year. This year I’ve chosen RISE.

There are many definitions for RISE and the ones resonating with me are:

To move upward
To become heartened or elated
To increase in fervor or intensity
To attain a higher level or rank
To come into being
To exert oneself to meet a challenge

When I think of the word, I hear “Rise Up!” from Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

I also hear Maya Angelou reciting her poem, Still I Rise.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.
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If you’d like to take a look, past words of the year with links to the posts are below. Thank you for reading and visiting!

11 Years Blogging: Mend

11 years blogging

It’s my 11th year blogging today! Yay! And I’m keeping up with my annual tradition of choosing a new word for the year.

After writing the post about finishing my quilt, I found it — MEND.

I mended my heart. I mended my quilt. And as my mother pointed out to me when I mentioned my choice of a word, “Our country needs mending.” The United States is not quite in tatters, but it’s not united either. We are a nation divided in need of healing.

Merriam-Webster defines mend in several different ways. Here are a few.

To free from faults or defects
To improve in manners or morals
To set right or correct
To put into good shape or working order again
To patch up or repair
To improve or strengthen (as a relationship) by negotiation or conciliation
To restore to health or cure

The picture above doesn’t have much to do with my word, except for it reminds me of the phrase that “you catch more flies with honey than vinegar.”

I took a bunch of photos at Eataly and bought this Mieli Thun honey. It was really good! And who knew about nomadic beekeeping? The baguettes are just pretty to pair with the honey. And the sweetness of honey goes well with bread.

For this country to mend, I think we need a whole lot of loving-kindness and learning to be sweet to one another. Even when we’re strangers. Maybe especially so.

Since I first drafted this post, I realized that today is Trump’s 100th day in office. I was hoping that he’d be gone by now, but at least we have survived!

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If you’d like to take a look at my past blogging anniversary words of the year, see below.

10 Years Blogging

ten year blogging anniversary tree

Ten years ago today I started blogging! Yay!

As I’ve mentioned many times before, blogging changed my life and really opened it up. Because of blogging, I’ve met so many people that I would have probably never encountered otherwise.

Blogging especially moved me in big way towards my major goal of writing more. I was already writing freelance when I started, but feel more solid in it now. I’ve had so many writing opportunities. And look forward to even more!

Also, this lovely picture of a tree is one of many that I took recently on Instagram. Hope you’ll check out my feed sometime! By the way, today is Arbor Day. So go do some fun tree related stuff!

Back to the blog. In keeping with my blogging anniversary tradition, I pick a word for the year. The words below are the ones I picked over the past seven years.

Over this past year, it’s become increasingly clear to me that the only way to get what I want and need is to ask for it. Simple. Yet, sometimes quite hard.

Sometimes the ask seems impossible. How could this possibly work? But I’ve found that often just putting the request out there in the universe, may tilt things toward my favor.

When you really want something, the world conspires to make a dream come true.
~Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

When I muster up the courage to ask, I often receive what I want. Sometimes the answer is a resounding Yes! Of course! Not a problem! Why didn’t you ask sooner?

So this year, the word is ASK. I am going to practice it well, but also keep in mind that sometimes others cannot ask. If I see a need and can help, then I will give without the ask.

By the way, if you’re looking for a freelance writer, just let me know and maybe we can work together. I would love to hear from you!

TRUE: Word of the Year

Blogging flowersFor my 9th year of blogging, I’ve picked the word TRUE.

After blogging for three years, I decided to pick a new word each year on April 29th. Below are words from previous blogging anniversaries.

So much of what I believed to be true about my life at one time isn’t any longer. In learning how to newly interact with someone, I’ve realized that sometimes what is true doesn’t really matter. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow to get along.

Embracing the new normal isn’t easy, but it’s what I’m working on. Sometimes it can bring unexpected bits of joy.

Searching for what is true and being true to ourselves is a life long journey. The word feels right.

The tree in the picture above is in full bloom right now. This picture from two weeks ago is the same tree. It had just the beginning of buds and was a shadow. Which is true?

When I was 9, I was so excited because I thought that turning 10 meant I would be a teenager. I was very disappointed to learn the truth.

Having blogged for nine years is nothing like that actually. But it’s a funny memory from that time in my life and I have been thinking a great deal about the past and what lies ahead.