Naming Your Year


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Every year since grad school, my husband and I have set about to name the New Year to reflect our values and goals. We’ve had the Year of Fun, the Year of the House, the Year of Travel and the Year of Beauty. This year we’ve come across the Year of the Narrative, whatever that really means (last year I spent a great deal of time surrounding myself with Beauty in all forms).

I’m a big story teller. Whether it’s in pictures, in words or in motion, you can express your story however you’d like. It’s true. Everyone’s got a story to tell. I love listening to stories, writing them and speaking them outloud. Sometimes I dance the story or sing it (typically in the car ~ singing, that is. Dancing? I do that everywhere else).

How might you call 2011?  Name your year to mirror your vision of what you’d like your life to be.


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  1. Willow Drinkwater

    January 3, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    The Year of Lightness of Being…keeping things simple, uncomplicated, worry-free and blissed out happy! That’s my year. Am reading the Bible with my niece, Katherine in Zurich, and see how simple it all is. Give it to God!

    1. powerofslow

      January 3, 2011 at 4:26 pm

      Love it! Yes, the year of lightness of being. I like it!

  2. anastasia wasko

    January 3, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    such a great idea! today is my first work day of the new year, and i will use this blog in my daily brainstorming today. i’m hoping to set the tone for a year of free-flowing ideas that will carry my professional “story” to the next level. thanks christine!

    1. powerofslow

      January 4, 2011 at 8:42 am

      That is super, Anastasia! I hope your new year is the best ever! 🙂

  3. Val Garner

    January 4, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    I also love that name! I think for me it would be The Year of Restoration and Healing. Major life changes have just occurred that have been quite damaging and intense. Beauty is so restorative. Today, I got to photograph in a flock of literally thousands of snow geese, their sound was almost deafening. What an incredible restorative gift that was!

    1. powerofslow

      January 5, 2011 at 10:36 am

      That is awesome, Val. I love the word restoration. It means more than renewal, but also a realignment to the path we are meant to follow!

      Warm healing hugs, Christine

  4. Val Garner

    January 6, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Thanks Christine, I appreciate it. I love the idea of naming a year, very fresh!

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