Wednesday, January 2, 2019

What Should be My Word for 2019?

Last year I chose a word for the year. I printed it and posted it in several places in my house where I saw it every day. My word was


I know I have a big problem staying with a task until it is finished. I have been told that my house is evidence of this issue. My dining room table is covered right now with papers--papers pertaining to four or more tasks I started but have not finished. But next week, I will focus on those tasks and complete them.

I am contemplating what my word for this year should be
First I have to decide what I want to accomplish this year. I always have such grand plans for the next twelve months that I over-schedule myself. Then I suffer with physical pain from lack of rest and being too stimulated mentally to sleep well. I absolutely make myself sick. My sister, Gay, can attest to this. 

I know others have this same problem. Some of them are my good friends. Owning a home takes so much of our time and finances. I have been making a mental list of what has to be done to my house this spring. My deck needs repairs and painting.

My health is uppermost in my planning for the next twelve months.I will begin with physical therapy and go on to water exercises as I try to deal with fibromyalgia and other concerns that have no name. I already incorporate massage therapy and chiropractic care in my regimen. That takes way too much of my time.

Of course, my work with NCWN-West is always of the utmost importance. Soon I will be scheduling readers for Coffee with the Poets and Writers for the months of March through November 2019. NCWN West will sponsor a workshop by Valerie Nieman this summer. We will need to publicize this event with emails, articles in local papers, etc. 

We are going to hold another Day for Writers in August. Carol Taylor is co-chairing that event with me. This all day writers' conference is a time consuming project as we search for the best presenters, arrange for a caterer, and line up volunteers to help with all the details.

I want to teach a couple of workshops or six week courses on memoir writing at Writers Circle around the Table. Maybe I can teach another course for the Institute of Continuing Learning at Young Harris. I enjoy these classes, seeing my students improve their writing and hearing their unique stories.

My own writing tends to get pushed way down the list of things to do, but I hope to get a poetry book published this year, and I am working on a collection of short stories. Estelle Rice and I will continue to market our book, Paws, Claws, Hooves, Feathers and Fins. We have been overjoyed at the reception this book has received. But it has taken much time and work to get it out there and let people know about it.

Wow! I get tired reading all my plans for this year. I didn't even mention working on my genealogy. 

We know it takes patience, persistence and perseverance to achieve success.

Maybe perseverance should be my word for 2019. What do you think?

Definition of perseverance :
 continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition : the action or condition or an instance of persevering

What would you choose for your word for 2019?


Elephant's Child said...

Wow. The long list of things you have planned makes me wonder whether boundaries or self kindness should be at least subsidiary words for the year.

Glenda Beall said...

Good idea, EC. Boundaries should be considered, for sure.

Glenda Beall said...

I agree with EC. BOUNDARIES should be your word. I say this only because you mentioned that I am aware of how you take on way too many things to do each year and suffer for it by overextending yourself till you are sick. First and foremost, I want you to take care of yourself first, because I hate to see you suffer.

Glenda Beall said...

Anne Bowman
7:24 AM (14 hours ago)

I enjoyed reading this Glenda. I’ve been vacillating on my writing. The day after Christmas, I decided I’ll wake at 6:00 each morning, make coffee and go directly to my journal or laptop to commence writing. I’ll do this three days a week--first thing, and supplement that with editing, proofing and enhancing what I’ve written other days when I have time.
That lasted exactly two days the week after Christmas. I say to myself, I lack inspiration, I’m not good enough, I don’t have a story, I can’t imagine anything, I don’t have enough time, especially if I want to be social and have friends, and volunteer, and clean house, and cook.
I have a fairly good collection of books about writing (Maybe if I get more, I’ll be a better writer.) I read over and over again, that anyone can write if they want too. It just requires writing every day and something good will come. But still, I drag my feet.
Then I see that you’ll have some workshops this year, and I think, All is not lost!
My word will be


Many thanks,

Glenda Beall said...
7:48 AM (14 hours ago)
to me


I use the Christine Kane tool for Word of the Year each year: see attached. I think my word this year is ease.

Happy New Year to you!


Subject: Writers Circle

Glenda Beall said...

Hi Lyn,
When I first started with my word of the year, I got the idea from Christine Kane. It is as great place to begin.

Glenda Beall said...

Anne, We all get those problems with staying dedicated to our writing. Taking classes and going to writing events helps us to stay motivated. I am about to sign up for the ICL course in the spring. I will let you know the date. Meantime,you are a good writer and just try to spend thirty minutes a day on writing and you will be surprised at how much you accomplish.

Glenda Beall said...

Thank you, Gay. I appreciate your concern. You know me best. I will entertain Boundaries as my word this year.