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April 18, 2012

2012: Stronger

Filed under: Personal — Tags: , , , , — llcall @ 6:48 pm

I started reading a new book tonight (more on that later) and three paragraphs into the Foreword, my new one-word theme just hit me.  As appealing as “Git ‘er done . . . or not.  Whatever” is right now, it’s not as descriptive of my year so far, or how I hope the rest will be, as this word:


Last year when I picked git ‘er done, it was prescriptive: I needed to finish some things, mostly my thesis, and so I was boldly (and frequently) declaring my intentions.  Stronger, as I said, is more descriptive, organically springing up from what I have already been doing for the last few months.

Or longer, actually.  Back in January 2011, I wrote a post, called Becoming strongabout a tremendously significant week in my life.  What I wrote then, that “I was faced with some hard realities about things in my life that need to change,” has remained quite prescient.  And although I have made some of those necessary changes over the last year, there is still much more work to be done to be the stronger person I envisioned on that dark day in January.

This is a building year.  We’re trying to build an income from scratch (we’re still at zero dollars for the year, in case you’re wondering, unless you count Neal’s birthday money).  We’re trying to build stronger family patterns.  We’re trying to build a stronger marriage with date nights and getaways and yes, schedules.  I’m trying to become spiritually and emotionally stronger (writing some of my personal history is going to be part of that process, I think).  And of course, there’s always room to become physically stronger.

I have some more specific goals floating around in my head, but mostly when I look back on this year, I want to feel that I was stronger at the end of it than I was at the beginning.  That was certainly true of 2011.  I hope it will be even more true of 2012.



  1. I like it. Good plan.

    Comment by v. blanchard — April 18, 2012 @ 11:16 pm

    • A great one-word theme. I have no doubts that you’ll make it happen.

      Comment by Jen — April 19, 2012 @ 12:52 am

  2. Perfect! I love it!

    Comment by Ishkhanoohie — April 20, 2012 @ 6:37 pm

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