Friday, January 1, 2010

Word of the Year 2010



Last year, I heard about this neat idea to come up with a Word of the Year. The Word of the Year is a word that describes something you want to be, something you want to achieve, something you hope for in the new year.

My word for 2009 was Survive. After the death of my husband and my daughter, it is something I've had to learn to do every day. Every day, starting from the instant I wake up, until I finally fall asleep at night, I have to survive to get through each moment of the day. It is often an unconscious effort, but it is effort, nonetheless.

So, somehow, I survived the first year without my husband. Now, in addition to surviving, I must thrive. And so, fittingly, that is my Word of the Year for 2010.

thrive
Pronunciation: \thrīv\
Function: intransitive verb
Inflected Form(s): thrived or throve \thrōv\; thrived also thriv·en \thri-vən\; thriv·ingthrī-viŋ\
Etymology: Middle English, from Old Norse thrīfask, probably reflexive of thrīfa to grasp
Date: 13th century

1 : to grow vigorously : flourish
2 : to gain in wealth or possessions : prosper
3 : to progress toward or realize a goal despite or because of circumstances

source: Merriam-Webster

The third one seems the best definition for my Word of the Year post, don't you agree? I am progressing despite or because of circumstances. My life is not leading where I had hoped or dreamed, but yet, here I am, moving forward, one step at a time.

Here's to thriving in 2010.

What's your Word of the Year?

29 comments:

Joc(e) said...

The word THRIVE is an EXCELLENT word for you to choose, Ter! And I think you really will!

I have to choose just one word, huh? Well...maybe it should be relax...or peace...I know I just need to learn to let go of the negativity and focus on what goes right, not so much on what goes wrong. I know I will be happier that way, and only I can do it for myself.

Best wishes to you Ter! (((HUGS)))

Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

Ter, your "word" and your post has brought a tear to my eye. But you know, it's a happy tear. You have been through so much and come so far. I admire your strength. I am so proud of you. And, I love your new blog!

My word (or words) for the new year is...

"Expect a miracle"

Happy New Year!

Kristina P. said...

Ter, this sounds like the perfect word for you. I love the word "Thrive."

Kelly said...

Thrive is an awesome word!

Audrey said...

Ok - now I will be thinking all day about my "word of the year"! This is a tough one.
I LOVE your new blog!! I've added your button to the left sidebar on my blog.
I hope you have an awesome 2010!!

pam said...

Great choice, Ter! I am here to support you in achieving your word.

Great job you have done on the blog!

blueviolet said...

That is the perfect word and for you to be able to choose that word as a goal and know you will indeed thrive, literally brings tears of joy to my eyes.

Happy New Year!

Mrs. Bird said...

I think "thrive" is a great word for you and I wish you all the best in 2010!

Interesting, at our Christmas celebration my aunt had made all of us little clay hearts with words etched on them. We all had to reach in and pick our "word of the year."

So, my word is "beauty." My husband picked "tenderness." And my 19 month old chose "rest." I hope she fulfills her word, LOL.

All the best,
Katelyn

Emalee said...

I love your word.....I have been thinking I should do one but I am not sure. I am adding a new segment to my blog this year. It will start tomorrow! Hope you have a wonderful new year. Much love.....

otin said...

Awesome, Ter! Awesome!

Happy 2010 to you!

sandy said...

I love it! "Thrive" is the perfect word for your year! Happy New Year!

Franchesca Cox said...

Wow. One word, I love your word. It's absolutely perfect. I will be thinking about mine and probably post about it because it's a great idea. I will add your button to my blog :)

Liz said...

I think mine would be "accomplish". There is so much I need to do this year and I have to get over my procrastination tendencies and do them!

Jodi said...

Ter, I believe you will in fact thrive this year. You are such a strong person, and I see good things in your future!!! :)

My word is Hope. Not only was it my angel's middle name, but it is how I am choosing to view life this year!

Happy New Year!

Jill said...

What a great word. I love it! It is amazing how one word can have so much meaning.

Jenners said...

First of all, great job on the new look! I love it!!!

Second, I think "Thrive" is the perfect word for 2010. It is next step .. and what your family would want for you. The photo is gorgeous ... that looks like the face of someone who can and will thrive.

MemeGRL said...

I LOVE the picture of you. Talk about first steps. That is announcing your presence and intention with authority! May you thrive indeed this year. All the best to you as 2010 comes in!

Caitlin said...

Hello new blog!

I think that Thrive is the perfect word for you. And I love that picture!

Karen said...

Love your new blog, Ter. And this post is inspired and beautiful. Hoping you meet this goal for 2010 my friend. xo

Yaya said...

I think it's a great word.
Happy New Year!

SimplyFrugal said...

What an awesome idea! Thrive is a wonderful word to use too! Although I have just 'met' you, you are an amazing strong woman! Keep on going!

Bee and Rose said...

I love the Word of the Year!!! I can't think of a better one!

Mom 4 Life said...

Perfect word, love it!

Angela said...

thrive..hmmmmmmmmmmmm..I'm liken that...what came to my spirit when I spoke thrive was flourish....

((hugs)). the blog is beautiful...love what you have done...

Controlling My Chaos said...

I love this idea. I need to think on my word of the year. You picked a great one.

Vickie said...

Thrive is a great word!


Me would have to be forgive.

Holly said...

What an amazing word to choose for the year! Every time I've stopped by your blog, I've marveled at your strength and determination. You're an amazing woman and thrive you will.

SWIRL said...

I like picking a word too...
I liked your resolution too-- to give yourself time and space to grieve.
as you thrive...
Thankyou for letting be peek along your journey.

Joy Taylor said...

What a beautiful word!