reverb10: breathe.

I’m jumping on board just in the nick of time but I’ve seen other bloggers join in on Reverb10 and knew it was just what I needed to keep myself blogging on a daily basis. So what better way than to spend the month reflecting on the year that essentially changed the direction of my life?

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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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The beginning of 2010 was anything but easy. I came to terms with how I was leading my life and accepted early on in the year (by mid-January, really) that things needed to change or I would stay at my job, in my house, in my life in Austin and remain miserable for doing so. I had ended up surrounded by negativity and it left me feeling like I was beginning to suffocate. But I couldn’t regret taking the risk that had been moving to Austin, trying to find my way in a new city after college. It was a learning experience that I needed to have.

So I laid out a plan. I left my old job in May, went home to recollect and rethink a few things for a month or so. And by early June, I was back in the first city I ever really loved: Chicago. Now here we are, almost another 6 months later. It’s amazing how time can really fly. And how life feels so much more normal now, easier really. I went from breathing in the hot Texas heat around me to crisp Chicago air. I can breathe easier here… so I do. And that’s the word I think can sum up this year. The one thing I almost constantly chanted in my mind, to remind myself that everything would work itself out, to return myself to center: Breathe.

I think I have fairly high hopes for 2011. Not expectations, just… hope. That wouldn’t necessarily be the word I want to sum up the coming year, though. I’m not one for being optimistic in any sense of the word but I do believe that things can only continue to go up from here and so next year, I hope that I can some up 2011 with something simple, like content.

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