2010 Word of the Year Review

Before I unveil my 2011 Word of the Year I thought I should revisit and review my 2010 Word of the Year – do you remember what it was?  I just gave you a hint {re}visit and {re}view.

Yes, my Word of the Year really wasn’t a word – it was a prefix.  I chose the prefix {re} as my Word of the Year.  The prefix that means “again, back, repeat”.

There were some things in my life I wanted to revisit and return to.  I needed to go back to somethings and some places.  {Re} is not a word I would have picked on my own, mainly because it isn’t really a word.  It was definitely a result of inspiration.  A thought and idea that came to me one day as I sat in a very sacred place.

Here are a few of the things I wanted to refocus, revisit and refresh in 2010.

Refocusing my photography skills by taking a photography class – I completed my class and spent a lot of time taking photos this year and I think I’ve improved.  I shared my weekly pictures with you through my Finding 50 posts.

Refresh my French language skills before my visit to Paris this summer. I did brush up on my French and actually used it a little in Paris but I have a long ways to go so I think I definitely need to go back to Paris and soon!!

Refresh my water color skills from college by taking a class before my trip to England so I can document the trip through photos and painting. I did take one Saturday class but didn’t do as well on this one as I would have liked too – maybe this year!

Read more books this year than last – I accomplished this one and read 53 books.  That is 13 more than last year!

Reread the Book of Mormon – I didn’t quite make it all the way through but I’m getting there!

Remake my bed everyday -O.K so I failed miserably on this one but I did make my bed today!

Return to the homeland of my ancestors and do some genealogy research before I go so I can visit the places where they lived. I did visit the homeland of my ancestors (England) and met some relatives I had never met before.  I didn’t get any genealogy research done before I went but my mom gave me Roots Magic for Christmas so I guess I’ll just need to go back soon!!!

Remember all the amazing memories we have created as a family by finally having all my scrapbooks up to date! We made lots of amazing memories this year and I recorded them all on our family blog.  I failed miserably on getting all the scrapbooks up to date so it will be on the list again this year.  The first one on the list is Tessa’s albums.  My deadline is her high school graduation this June!

Most importantly, I am going to Remember to Recognize the hand of the Lord in my life on a daily basis. I may not have been perfect about this but I did try and I have begun writing in my Remember journal again each day, to record how I have seen the hand of the Lord in my life.

So there you have it – not perfect by any means but I did make progress.

How about you – did you have a Word of the Year for 2010?

If you have never selected a Word of the Year before I would invite you to join me.

Here are some questions you might want to ask yourself…

What’s the thing you most want to achieve this year?

Looking back over 2010 can you think of one word that would describe your year?  Now imagine it is the end of 2011 – what word would you like to describe your year?

Make a list of words that come to mind and then sleep on it, think on it and even pray about it.

Look for it, listen for it.  Remember this is your word and there is no right or wrong word.  Choose a word that “fits” you.

I thought I had my word for 2011 selected but after some more thought and prayer a new word came to mind.  I found a quote that put it all into perspective for me and I knew I had the right word.  I’ll share the quote on Monday. Sometimes your word will just appear like mine did.

If you already have your word picked out please leave a comment and let me know what it is and if you don’t – work on it tonight and come back and let me know.  Check back on Monday to see what my word is – I promise.  I know I’ve said it a couple of times but really, seriously I’m going to tell you on Monday!!

One of my goals and part of my Word of the Year for 2011 is a technology fast each Sunday.  That means I am going to disconnect from electronic devices such as my computer, my email, Facebook, my blog reader, writing blog posts, my cell phone and the television.  So if you email me on Sunday, you’ll have to wait until Monday to hear back from me.

The only blog posts I will have on Sunday are ones that are written ahead of time and scheduled. Since my 2011 Word of the Year post isn’t entirely done yet  because I ran out of daylight and can’t take the photos I need to you are going to have to wait until Monday.  Sorry!

But in the meantime give your Word of the Year some thought – I can’t wait to hear what it is.

Wish me luck on this whole technology fast!  I’m going to need it.  I am sure to have withdrawals!!

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    Thanks for your post. I was a huge resolutions-making person until last year when I chose a word and loved the whole concept. It was “finish”. So I will continue with the idea again this year. I have chosen “let go”. Not one word, no, but a phrase that has a true resonance for me. Not only letting go of things that I don’t want in my life, but also in the sense of letting my hair down. Re the technology fast – you will not be surprised to hear how easy it is to dis-engage. I’ve just had a whole week tech free (except for the phone). We all have things we want to do, and this frees up time to do all those things – gardening, walking, thinking, writing (I spent the week hand writing in my journal – it was hard to start typing again). Technology is there to serve **us**. Sometimes we get caught up and forget.

  2. Lynn says

    My word for 2011 is “Perfect”. As in PER-FECT. As in an action word. Perfect my talents (after making an honest list of what they are). Perfect my reading goals. Perfect my homemaking and mothering goals. Well, you get the picture. Perfecting is my goal and desire this year.

  3. says

    My word for 2011 is “Hope” as in providing hope to others. I realize that I truly miss helping others and doing some kind of charity work. I want to do something each month that would give hope to another person.

    Good luck on your technology fast.

  4. Jenifer says

    My husband and I found that we spend most of our time trying to get through events rather than enjoying them. Therefore, our word of the year is “Enjoy”. We’re expecting the birth of our 1st child this year, so I really want to enjoy it and not just survive it.

  5. Marilyn says

    My word for this year – my first ever – is “overcome” –
    Overcome my fears for I know faith and fear cannot abide together.
    Overcome my procrastination.
    Overcome my clutter.
    Overcome some bitterness feelings.
    Overcome – Overcome – Overcome.
    Thanks for this post to start me.

  6. Evelyn says

    My work for 2011 is SHARE! I am an octogenarian and I fear that the old time foods that my mother and grandmother used to make are disappearing! I am going to cook several–and invite friends and neighbors in to enjoy! Some ideas are Boston baked beans, Rice pudding, and stuffed cabbage rolls! I am Karen Morgan’s mother

  7. Alicia says

    I think that my word is “More” I want to get more out of life.
    More of the spirit
    More love given to my family
    More special moments
    More learning

    I have felt like I don’t live my life, that my tasks live it for me. I am going to have a “More” fulfilling life this year than last.

  8. Krista says

    My word for 2011 is “journey”. I tend to look to the finish line to find my joy, but often am reminded that the joy is in the journey itself. I want to take time to relish the journey…of life, of health, family. My word reminds me to slow down and enjoy life.

  9. marti says

    Leigh Anne, thank you for sharing your year and goals so openly. I am touched. You are an inspiration.
    I appreciate the challenge to prayerfully consider a word for the year and I am thinking about it.
    Good luck on your technology resolution…that is a good and tough one!
    Thanks to all for sharing your words and thoughts.
    EVELYN, I think your goal is a great one!
    xxoo Marti

  10. Wendy says

    Wow – I am thinking. Thanks for this great idea to truly seek the Lord and humbly let Him guide me. I will let you know what I come up with.

  11. Wendy says

    I noticed that you mentioned that you love to read – what were the top ten books you read in 2010? I am looking for a great book to cuddle with by the fire. Thanks!

  12. camie says

    I needed this although I was hesitant I’d come up with the right word, especially after reading all the great comments and nothing fit me. But it just came to me like you said it would. My word is LOVE. Right now I want to fast forward through the next 6 or more months (selling our home, packing, moving, a cranky baby, etc.). I’m going to love the people in my life more, love my stage of life and love all the other good things in my life both big and small. This will carry me through with a happy heart. Thank you!

  13. says

    I love your recap. Thanks so much for sharing! And good luck with your Sunday technology fasts. My hubby and I have been doing this for a while now and I have to say that we love it. It kind of forces us to spend more quality time with family rather than be distracted by the electronics. Only occasionally we will watch a good, religious based film on Sundays and I write in my on-line journal on Sunday. But that’s it. So best of luck! I think you’ll like it!

  14. says

    My word for this year is “authentic”. I have been so many different versions of myself to so many others, it is time to be authentic to “me” (not to the exclusion of my family, but in addition to … :] ). Funny you should mention Sarah Ban Breathnach … I chose her two books to begin my 2011:

    Simple Abundance: a Daybook of Comfort and Joy; and

    Something More – Excavating Your Authentic Self.

    Happy New Year!

  15. says

    Thank you Leigh Anne for this challenge. I have been thinking about my word for the year and my word is PURPOSE- the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc.

    I am going to focus on what God’s purpose is for me as I enter some life changing events in 2011. I am ready for the journey!

    Thank you again for your inspiration.


  16. Kris says

    My word for the year is pattern…..set a pattern for my children to follow by doing the things I know are right. A few things I want to work on are to never suppress a generous thought, let go of the past, visit my parents and family on a regular basis, give service, etc. Nothing to hard, just things I really need and want to do!

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