#reverb12: One Word

Since 2009 I have participated in some type of yearly reflection alongside bloggers from around the world who answer the same or different prompts, all in an attempt to prepare for the year ahead by considering what we've done and where we've been in the year that is ending. For me, it began with Gwen Bell's #bestof09 prompts and posts which evolved into #reverb10 hosted by Gwen Bell, Kaileen Elise and Calli Harris and then to #reverb11 where many bloggers created prompts and now to #reverb12 where once again, bloggers from around the world are creating and posting prompts to reflect on their year. I will probably do what I did last year, which is choose from the variety of prompts what speaks most to me, what I feel most compelled to write about. I am mostly following Lee Currie's prompts but also Esther Fox who has created #projectreflect12, and Margaret Shadwell's #cultivate12 and I will be checking in on Kat's list as well.

I am beginning with one of the original prompts because I like the tone that it sets and because I can compare my answers over time. 

Encapsulate the year 2012 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 2013 for you? (Author: Gwen Bell) 

A friend recently explained that as professors, we live our lives in semesters. And because of this, my year is often divided in my mind into sections: the 2 semesters and summer. It is interesting to encapsulate or attempt to encapsulate all of the varying changes that happen in these pieces of time, pieces of our lives. No matter what your profession or life, I think this holds true: how do you look back on the year and make sense of it, consider it and have it teach you something? For me, this is at the heart of the reverb practice. 

2012, I would say was a year of belief. It was about growing in my relationships, tending to them and to myself with a belief that ultimately, despite all of the changes and evolutions and uncertainty: I would not sink.

If you read this blog regularly, then you know that there were HUGE changes happening in my life. A job search was underway and uncertain; I was attempting to repair relationships, heal wounds and find my footing. I pushed myself to create the necessary changes in my life to be happier. I started really paying attention to my health, to my creative needs, to my professional goals and went about tending to them. (Tend was my one little word to frame my intentions this year). 

So, while my year was focused on tending to all of these things, 2012 was ultimately about believing that work would pay off, believing in myself, in the universe, in some sort of goodness in store for me, in my relationship and in my abilities that led me to do what I am doing now, which is teaching amazing, driven, funny and bright students who challenge me to do my best work each day along with inspirational colleagues who have been incredibly supportive and helpful.  

I have thought a great deal about the next year and its possibilities. I know what my word for next year will be, what I will use to frame my intentions and resolutions but the words I choose always led to something else, a completely different word emerges to encapsulate the results of the initially chosen word. So, while I know my word for 2013 will be open, I have no idea what it will pave the way or open doors to. I look forward to finding out.