Monthly Archives: December 2009

End of the Noughties…

So, it’s the end of another year, and as the noughties come to a close and we head into double figures (what are we calling 2010 onwards, anyone? I’m still not quite sure how that’s going to work), I’ve been reflecting on the past year of my life and looking towards 2010 and what the New Year might bring.

I was planning to write a post about what I’ve been up to, and what might be happening next for me, and then I came across the Mayfly project. Every year since 2000, Meg Pickard has asked her readers to look back over the previous year, and then sum it up. In 24 words. Yep, just 24 words. So, rather than write a whole new post and possibly waste a lot of words, here are the 24 words I posted over on Meg’s blog:

Poetry. Family. Love. Overcoming challenges. Tying up loose ends. Reconnecting with old friends. Getting engaged. Blogging. Starting to believe anything’s possible. Moving towards ‘anything.’

Cutting everything down to 24 words really moves the focus to what’s important, and reading it back showed me how far I have come over the past year. If I can keep this focus into the New Year, who knows what I can achieve in 2010…? I don’t really make New Year’s resolutions, but if I had to sum up my attitude for next year in one statement, it would be this: ‘Keep on moving.’

How would you sum up your 2009..? If you can do it in 24 words, post those words over at the Mayfly project and link to it here. If you find that word count a bit restrictive, please feel free to comment here in as many of as few words as you’d like to use.

Finally, whatever you are doing tonight, I hope that your 2010 gets off to a great start, and wish all of you all the very best for the New Year!

Honest x

Happy Holidays!

Dear Readers,

Whatever the holiday season might mean for you, I hope that you have enjoyed 2009, and are looking forward to the new year and what it might bring (I know I am)!  Instead of a traditonal greeting card, I have created some more wordle word art for you:

Wordle: Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays!

Honest x

Word of the Year 2009

Dear Readers,

I’ve taken a bit of a break this month, as you may have noticed, taking some time to catch up with friends over the holiday season because for me, that’s what this time of year is all about. 

This season is about reconnecting with those I love, so when I read that the Oxford English Dictionary’s word of the year for 2009 was ‘unfriend,’ I was, well, disappointed.  Not by the fact that we have verbed a noun, that’s nothing new (‘google,’ anyone?), and doesn’t offend, but by the fact that 2009’s defining word is one that means cutting ties with friends (albeit online, on facebook, and perhaps only temporarily… but still).

So, I got to thinking about my friends, and what they are to me.  Friendships cannot be measured, and each relationship I have is different, but they are themes that apply to all of my friends.  I had started with a list (yes that’s right, I am a ‘list’ person. I have come to terms with this and you may see more lists here, in future) of what my friendships are not, e.g. My friends are not hateful, selfish, or likely to swim in my tears…  Then I thought, ‘Hold on, I’ve got this all wrong.’  So, here’s a list of what/who my friends are, which is much more rewarding to write:

My People:

Celebrate my successes

Commiserate my failures and continue to love me

Are interesting and interested in me

Are supportive

Have wide shoulders and endless tissues

Strong enough to hold me up when I stumble

Intuitive enough to have their arms out to catch me before I realise I’m about to fall

Know when I need them… And when I need to be alone

Inspire me

Reflect my light and brighten my dark

Love me

And so much more…


What’s your response to 2009’s word of the year?