2019 | Seeking White Space

Welcome 2019

Every year for the past few years, I have not made any New Year Resolutions but instead I have focused my year around One Word. This One Word has themed my year, moulded my intentions and focused my goals. Some years I stuck to just One Word. Some years I chose separate Words for separate areas of my life. In 2018, I chose One Word but then chose a few more words called Core Desired Feelings (CDFs). These CDFs helped round out and expand my One Word. I truly loved this method of setting Intentions for the year ahead so this year I am keeping this method of Intention Setting for 2019.

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Begin again with the smallest numbers

Burning the Old Year | NAOMI SHIHAB NYE

Letters swallow themselves in seconds.

Notes friends tied to the doorknob,

transparent scarlet paper,

sizzle like moth wings,

marry the air.

So much of any year is flammable,

lists of vegetables, partial poems.

Orange swirling flame of days,

so little is a stone.

Where there was something and suddenly isn’t,

an absence shouts, celebrates, leaves a space.

I begin again with the smallest numbers.

Quick dance, shuffle of losses and leaves,

only the things I didn’t do

crackle after the blazing dies.

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#HappyNewYear 2016 RISE up to Your Dreams | It’s f%#!ing worth it! #OneWord365 #ResolutionRevolution

What’s your  #2016 #OneWord365 #WordOfTheYear ?

Every year for the past 4 years I have chosen my One #WordOfTheYear.

I don’t do resolutions because quite simply there are too many things I want to resolve to do, too many places I want to resolve to see, too many people I want to resolve to meet or spend more time with and too many goals I want to resolve to achieve.

The resolution list would be Long.

So…

This.

This is my 5th year running that I have opted to go with a #PowerWord. [5 means lucky for me.]

This is the #OneWord366 [This year is a leap year! It means 1 whole 24 hours extra to #GetSh!tDone !] I choose to FOCUS on to power my intentions and motivate me. It is the #ResolutionsRevolution. It kicks ass and takes no excuses. No more lists of not done by the end of your first month. 

This year my word is a word I have waited to choose.

It leads on beautifully from my #2015 Word: Push.

 
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(P)ersist (U)ntil (S)omething (H)appens #OneWord365 2015

2014 has ended…It was the year of hard lessons for me.

Every year I pick a word for the year. My personal life word this year is: metanoia.

But my working writing word for the year is: PUSH

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push
pʊʃ/
verb
verb: push; 3rd person present: pushes; past tense: pushed; past participle: pushed; gerund or present participle: pushing

Origin

Middle English (as a verb):
from Old French pousser,
from Latin pulsare ‘to push, beat, pulse’ (see pulse1).
The early sense was ‘exert force on’, giving rise later to ‘make a strenuous effort, endeavour’.

1.
exert force on (someone or something) in order to move them away from oneself.
“she pushed her glass towards him”
synonyms: shove, thrust, propel, impel; More
antonyms: pull
hold and exert force on (something) so as to cause it to move in front of one.
“a woman was pushing a pram”
move one’s body or a part of it into a specified position with effort.
“she pushed her hands into her pockets”
press (a part of a machine or other device).
“the lift boy pushed the button for the twentieth floor”
synonyms: press (down), push down, depress, exert pressure on, bear down on, hold down, squeeze; More
cause to reach a particular level or state.
“competition in the retail sector will push down prices”
2.
move forward by using force to pass people or cause them to move aside.
“she pushed her way through the crowded streets”
synonyms: force (one’s way), shove, thrust, squeeze, jostle, elbow, shoulder; More
(of an army) advance over territory.
“the guerrillas have pushed south to within 100 miles of the capital”
exert oneself to attain something or surpass others.
“I was pushing hard until about 10 laps from the finish”
informal
be nearly (a particular age or amount).
“she must be pushing forty, but she’s still a good looker”
3.
compel or urge (someone) to do something, especially to work hard.
“she believed he was pushing their daughter too hard”
synonyms: urge, press, pressure, put pressure on, pressurize, force, drive, impel, coerce, nag; More
demand persistently.
“the council continued to push for the better management of water resources”
synonyms: demand, insist on, clamour for, ask/call for, request, press for, campaign for, work for, lobby for, speak for, drum up support for, sponsor, urge, promote, advocate, recommend, champion, espouse
“the trade unions will be likely to push for wage increases”
informal
have very little of something, especially time.
“I’m a bit pushed for time at the moment”
informal
find it difficult to achieve something.
“he will be pushed to retain the title as his form this season has been below par”

Last year was a year that upended my efforts and really put a giant PAUSE sign in my way. From about midway thorough the year I was struggling in an unbeatable fight with sapping energy levels, lack of concentration, and chronic, mind-sapping insomnia. Initially I put this down to my migraines which had also ratcheted up to unacceptable levels. But eventually something told me this was something more than just effect of my migraines.
I felt burnt out and almost extinguished. I thought maybe I needed a holiday. I had not had a holiday for 3 years. It pushed me to take a 5 day writing retreat, at a secluded little beach cottage, for a week in November with one of my close writing friends.

Lesson #1 Don’t feel guilty about taking a break, having a time-out. Go away somewhere if you can. De-stress, actively relax and unplug.

I still felt listless when I got back from my retreat. But wait, there’s more

Postaday/ Postaweek 2011 ~ Blogging Challenge

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WordPress have laid down a gauntlet and I am taking up the challenge. By now, you may have realised that I am someone who thrives on taking up challenge that is why NaNoWriMo was right up my alley.

Well after taking a month-long hiatus from writing in December, I am back in the saddle and ready for new challenges and goals. WordPress sent me an email with an open challenge to Postaday / Postaweek 2011. The idea behind this is to blog more either by attempting to post a blog post per day or to post a blog post per week of 2011.

I have signed up for both. I am hoping that I can do 365 posts this year but in case of life-interruptus, I am definitely doing the minimum 3 posts per week.

So I am going to continue with Monday Mental Muscles and I am going to add two more blogging themes to my blogging week. Sunday is going to be a day of exploring and branching out in different creative and writerly pursuits. I will call it Sunday Serendipity posts where I will share A-ha moments that I have purely by chance or “accident”. Thursday is going to be Thursday Tips day where I will share tips that are and have helped me creatively – both my own tips and tips from other creative types I follow and admire.

So the definite 3 weekly posts will be:

  1. Sunday Serendipity
  2. Monday Mental Muscles
  3. Thursday Tips


What are your blogging goals in 2011? Are you blogging? Maybe one of the 2011 goals could be to start blogging or to commit to Postaday 2011 / Postaweek 2011. Share some of your blogging goals with us. We would love to support you and encourage you just as my followers and friends support and encourage my goals.

So here is a toast to taking up gauntlets and opening up new possibilities in 2011!


© All rights reserved Kim Koning.

My 2011 Word of Resolve

Big Possibilities

A few days ago I wrote about the idea of choosing a word for the New Year instead of making resolutions. I also put through a link to Christine Kane’s Word of the Year Discovery worksheet and gave you all the questions on the worksheet. As promised, I have chosen my word for 2011 and as it is 1/1/11 I am telling you about it.

So this year I am not making any New Year’s Resolutions, instead I am choosing a Word of Resolve.

My 2011 Word of Resolve is:

POSSIBILITY

along with the phrase, Live.Laugh.Love.

  • This is the perfect word for me this year because sometimes I allow my realistic nature to limit my own possibilities whether it be in my life, love or my writing.
  • I believe that if I embrace and live this word daily in 2011, I will be kinder to myself. I will send the internal editor into retirement and I will resolve to open myself to Possibility .. to it’s magic and to it’s serendipity. I will not be my own critic but instead become my own fan.
  • I already live this word in my optimism and energy but I do need to allow myself to dream more … to wonder what could be and to be open to all possibilities forgetting the improbablities my analytical nature wants to list.
  • I believe that if I were to live this word daily, I would infuse my life with joy and confidence. This will come through in stronger,free writing. If I live this word daily I will be living from the heart instead of the brain. The possibilities are endless for what I will attract and what I can create.
  • My default settings that I need to let go of is the constant striving for perfection. Instead I will open myself to my inhibitions and allow myself both the possibility that I might fail but I might just as likely succeed.
  • Three things that could trigger me to run from my Word of Resolve are: self-criticism, perfectionism, hating to lose or be second best.
  • The ways I resolve to stop these triggers are: talking to my friends who believe in me, taking a look at my vision board to refocus POSSIBILITY which is the key theme, getting up and going out for walk along the beach.
  • Five goals I would like to achieve based on POSSIBILITY are:
  • 1. Allow the possibility of happiness and fulfillment in all areas of my life because I deserve happiness.
  • 2. Submit an anthology of my poetry for publication.
  • 3. Submit my WIP to an agent.
  • 4. Explore new places and new adventures.
  • 5. Open myself to creative expression, not just related to writing.
  • I have 2 major homerun goals in mind but I am keeping them to myself for now.

So that is my Word of Resolve for 2011.

POSSIBILITY

These are some of the affirmations I will use to keep focused this year:

“Dwell in Possibility” ~ Emily Dickonson

“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” – Phillipians 4vs13

“With people this is impossible, but with God ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.” ~ Matthew 19vs26

“The POSSIBILITIES are endless once we decide to act and not react.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

“Stop thinking in limitations and start thinking in POSSIBILITIES.”   ~ Terry Josephson

“We have more POSSIBILITIES available in each moment than we realise.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

“In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.” ~ Janos Arany

“Our aspirations are our POSSIBILITIES.” ~ Samuel Johnson

“Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine

Dreams come true, without that POSSIBILITY, nature would not incite us to have them.” ~ John Updike

“Everyday holds the POSSIBILITY of a miracle.” ~ Elizabeth David

“Aim for the moon….if you miss you are only going to fall amongst the stars.” – Jason Napier (my friend and inspiration)


So that is my Word of Resolve for this new year, the first of a new decade. What is your word of resolve? How are you going to let it infuse your intentions and increase your awareness?

Choose your word and really LIVE it, BE it, ACT it

The year ahead is just beginning and there is a wealth of New Beginnings. The old has faded away and with it put away any regrets.

It is never to late to start anew. Live your year Being You.

I wish you success and happiness in this coming year and strive for the moon….if you miss you will still end up amongst the stars…

Felicitations and Celebrations for New Year 2011!

(Published in She Writes Editors’ Picks 05/01/11)

© All rights reserved Kim Koning.

Live.Laugh.Love

live. love. laugh.
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We are in the middle of the silly season and the year is coming to an end. You have been filling your thoughts with your loved ones and wondering what would be the perfect gift to show them how precious they are to you. Christmas is a time of family and friends, a time of love and laughter and more importantly it is a time for living. It is also a time of memories: making them and remembering them. It is a time of year when bygones and regrets are put aside and we just take the time to give of ourselves to those we love, whether that be in presents under the Christmas tree or the precious gift of your time spent with those you love and cherish.

Soon after Christmas it is time for the year to end and for a new year and fresh beginnings to start. It is a time of resolutions and goal settings. It is a time when the mistakes you have made in the year or the paths you missed are put into retrospect and you have new paths before you. For many it can be a time of cross-roads.

For me, 2010 has had its ups and downs. Much of the time it has felt like a year-long roller coaster ride. But like every roller coaster ride at the fairground, the ride must come to an end and you must get off the roller coaster. That time is almost upon us all.

What does 2011 hold for us? What new paths and new adventures will be shown? What goals will light our way? I have been giving this a lot of thought this month. However, being a writer, unless I put what I am thinking into words the thoughts can remain just those … thoughts. Instead I want to make my thoughts about this concrete and breathe life into them. So this brings me to this post.

I am subscribed to a blog of Christine Kane. I receive regular newsletters and posts from this blog and this creative artist and singer never fails to inspire me. The latest one I received this week came with a pdf worksheet. The topic is: Word of the Year. In this worksheet, Christine shares something she was inspired to do annually at this time of the year by a friend of her’s and that was to find a word or words to theme your New Year. So instead of making New Year’s resolutions which never seem to last past January, you choose a word, words or a phrase to guide you down your paths for that year. She tells you to consider 3 elements before you choose your word or your phrase for the year.

  • Authenticity – choose a word that is Authentically YOU
  • Awareness – be Aware of your Intention to first choose, then live your word
  • Clarity – be Clear about the What (your word) and the Why (your motivation)

So, taking the inspiration from Christine Kane I am going to set you all a challenge find Your Word or Phrase for 2010. Write it down in your journal or cut out letters and put it on your cork-board above your desk. Once you have chosen this word:

  1. Think about why this is the Perfect Word for you this coming year.
  2. If you embraced and lived this word daily through 2011, what would be different in your life?
  3. In what way do you already/would you like to live or embody this Word?
  4. In what ways do you not live or embody this word?
  5. If you intentionally used this word as your mantra and focus every day of the year, what energy would you attract or create?
  6. What old patterns or beliefs have kept you from living this word until now?
  7. List at least 3 things that trigger you to run away from this word – be specific.
  8. List at least 5 possible “Pattern Interrupt” habits you can practise to counter your triggers in #7.
  9. List at least 5 new Proactive habits to support your intention to live this word and to inhibit the triggers that may hold you back.
  10. List 5 goals – big or small – that you would like to accomplish this year in 2011. These goals must be based or rooted in the word/phrase you choose.
  11. What is your Home Run? The Big Dream for 2011 that is motivated by your word.
  12. Seal your intention: Call a trusted friend and tell them about Your Word. (Or if you are brave enough, write a blog post about Your Word/Phrase of 2011.)

My Words of 2011 are:

  • LIVE
  • LAUGH
  • LOVE

I am going to take the next week to decide the How’s of these words for my life, my creativity and my goals in 2011 and I will be back to blog about them for the New Year post.

Until then, I wish you all a peaceful Christmas season filled with precious memories and moments punctuated with love, laughter and blessings of abundance.

God Bless.


© All rights reserved Kim Koning.