Wednesday, January 5, 2011

My Word For The Year.......

This photo was taken the day after Christmas by my daughter with her iPhone.

I love having my children home and getting together with old friends and family during the holidays, but it can also get overwhelming and I find a feeling of "too much" seems to engulf my mind and spirit this time of year. It was my idea to visit the ocean (Marin Headlands, near San Francisco) so I could "wash off" this feeling, and it felt so good!

But that's not what this post is about. It's a new year and a natural time for goal setting, resolutions and reflection. I feel like I have already reflected on the past year enough and I am ready to move on.

If you spend any time in the blogosphere you have probably read a post or two about choosing a "word" for the year instead of making lists that could cause pain and frustration later. That's what I have decided to do - so my word is "Confidence". I believe that focusing on confidence will help me embrace the new year with passion and joy instead of worry and regret.

In my post last week, I mentioned a new site I am launching later this month. After I posted that, there was a moment where I wished I had just given the e-book away and let it go at that. But I didn't...........I love sharing my passion for photography, but branching out like this is uncomfortable. So I am going to go by the prescribed "feel the fear and do it anyway". I believe that stepping out of my comfort zone makes life a little more exciting, and I think I would be sorry if I played it safe all the time.

I am also keeping it simple this year. Besides my new "Photo Artistry Workshop" site, the only other plan I have for 2011 is to finish that floral book I have been talking about for way too long. Could my lack of confidence be behind my reluctance to work on that? Perhaps.........I usually use "lack of time" as my excuse, but in the end it would probably be more honest to say I am afraid. Afraid of it not being good, afraid that people will get mad at me for being too busy, (good friends won't get mad, but I spend a lot of time trying to make everyone happy) and afraid of......well, just afraid........So enough of that. It's time to act with confidence and determination and finish the book!

Just for the record, sharing that photo of me (it's also my facebook profile), took a little courage. The next big step will be putting myself before the video camera.........stay tuned.


  1. You go girl! I am right behind you 110%! I know that feeling of trying to please everyone. It is time for you and your confidence in yourself! It is going to be a Great Year! I feel it in my bones!

  2. A wonderful and honest post Dianne--as well as a great new photo. I can so relate to the feeling of "too muchness"--and, to the all too common fear among humans of not being good enough. I think the power of 'choosing a word' is that it becomes a focus, a mantra of sorts. I'm having a very good time with my words and they are getting me out of one tight spot after another...

  3. Confidence helps with so many positive things in life. May your confidence give you the courage to do what truly makes you happy. Thank you for sharing with us--it helps us to think about what's important in our lives as well!

  4. Thank you!

    Cindi - I agree, it does feel like it's going to be a great year.

    Hannah - Choosing a word is like a mantra - It is helping me focus on the feeling that I want. Thanks!

    Betsy - Thank you for your encouragment. Happy New Year!

  5. I look forward to you meeting your fear head on. I don't think I could have said it better. I too don't start some things in fear that it won't be good enough. I guess the feeling of being a perfectionist and being satisfied with the best you can be doesn't always go hand in hand. I am going to try to be the best I can be! Thank you for sharing your feelings and that is a great shot!

  6. Thank you Sandy! I really appreciate your comments.

  7. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway is some of the best help you can give yourself. I've been using it to spur myself out of my comfort zone for years, ever since I read the book by Susan Jeffers. Good luck to you in all your endeavors. With such a positive mindset, I'm sure you'll achieve your goals.

  8. Thanks Karrie! That is a great book. I have read it a couple of times.