...it seems as i scuttle around the blog world that the resonating buzz is choosing a word of the year.
i had the blessing of meeting the wonderful andrea scher this past fall at a be present retreat in manzanita, oregon (one of the most beautiful, peaceful places on earth) she lead us in a little workshop that helped each of us to "unearth" our most precious hidden layers. the end result was a list of the core values in our lives that make us who we are or who we ultimately want to be.
the exercise itself was an experience that on it's own deserves an entire blog post...which i promise to do very soon. but the cliff notes are that i was paired with one of my art heros & inspirations...the amazing kelly rae roberts and that was one of the most memorable happenings of 2009 for me. more on her and that little present later.
what i discovered on that retreat, in that class with andrea and in many experiences there with new found friends through art and photography and yoga and meditation...was my word.
as i was expressing to kelly rae all of the many things i value in my life, i realized that this word had been swirling around in my head for quite some time. i tried to explain to her that to me, cul*ti*vate is a "verb". to me, it is something i "do". it is an action. it is a word that encompasses all that i feel is important to me at this chapter in my life. it is the means of taking my list of core values and preparing them, planting them, nuturing them, tending to them, watching them grow and then taking great care to see that i develop them.
this is my word.
it is my hope.
it is my drive.
(ironically, it's also my blog)
i love the idea of choosing a word. i have a slight love affair with words. (don't tell because it's quite dorky, but the dictionary is actually one of my favorite books to read)
as i mentioned many of my favorite blogs talk recently about the word of the year.
what is your word? what does it mean to you?
you can peek into a little post that kelly rae wrote about our experience together in manzanita here.
(to find out "why" my word is painted on my body...check back soon. i promise i'll give you the sweet story.)