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Share: 2011, Year of Change

What is Reverb/Resound?

Gwen Bell started Reverb in 2009 as a daily reflective prompt through the month of December to guide participants in reflecting on the past year and imagining what's to come in the new year ahead. Reverb repeated in 2010 but in 2011 has been passed on for individuals to host. One person hosting a series of daily prompts is Jaemie of #Resound11. Prompt number one is: What is one word to describe your 2011? Why does that word sum up your year?

One Word for 2011: Change

Sometime in the first half of the year, I decided that 2011 has been a Year of Change. It started when I got my first smart phone early this year. In late March, my beloved Grandpa died, and a month later I turned 40. A relative latecomer to twitter, I joined in the spring and have had no regrets. I participated in my first writing mini-course and, in May, started this blog; gradually, I have changed from not thinking of myself as a writer to practicing this elevator speech: "I write about making learning, exploring and sharing part of everyday life." In June, I was fortunate to participate in my first sailing overnight with my family. My older daughter started middle school in September. Around the same time, I resigned from a four-year-long volunteer post and embarked on a journey of personal discovery through the Chookooloonks Path Finder e-course. Recently I attended my first TEDx talk thanks to a twitter connection.

It seems that much of the change I have been experiencing has come about because of an attitude of intentionality that I set earlier this year. If I hadn't started 2011 with a goal of trying to increase my learning, exploring and sharing on a daily basis, you certainly wouldn't be reading these words today. Repeatedly during this past year, I chose to take risks and set aside the status quo in order to be spontaneous, learn something different, explore new experiences or connect with like-minded people. I am grateful for the journey and look forward to what lies ahead.

Is there one word that describes your 2011 experience? Leave a comment here, or connect with me on twitter.