©2004 Lisa Call
28″ x 48″
Textile Painting (Fabric hand dyed by the artist, cotton batting, cotton thread)
Picking the Word
As I’ve done the past 3 years, I have selected a word for 2011.
A word that will guide me through 2011.
It’s my intention that this word will remind me of how I want to feel throughout the year.
It took me a long time to come up with a word. It wasn’t until a few days ago, when I clarified the difference in how I felt about between being and doing words, that I was able to come up with something.
When I tried to pick an action word to encompass my year I was bogged down trying to be clever. Not exactly authentic.
As soon as I started focusing on being words, I came up with the perfect word in less than a minute.
First, I wrote down a list of some areas of focus for 2011: Community, Growth, Systems, Leadership, Creativity.
The next I thought about how I wanted to feel and immediately wrote confidence. And that was that, I immediately knew this is my word.
I’m planning on some major leaps forward this year. Contacting art consultants in a more systematic organized way. Teaching workshops. Organizing my business.
All of those big scary things require confidence. I’ve put many of them off for years due to fear. No more. I need to stop second guessing myself and backing down.
Time to forge ahead with great strides with self assurance.
I’m going to fully step into my power this year with the help of this word.
Even the little things require confidence, like saying No to requests and invitations that don’t work for me. I always fear I’m hurting their feeling so often say yes when I don’t want to. If I do get up the courage to say no, I usually apologize for it.
Yesterday Cynthia Morris posted a video of her word for the year: unapologetic.
It was right on track with my thoughts. This short video has really inspired me and goes right along with my word as it’s about self confidence and stepping into our power as women.
As Henry David Thoreau said:
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”