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The second half of 2014 has begun, so it seems like a good time to revisit my word of the year...a good time to reflect and see the impact of RISK.
This is my eleventh post about my OLW. I reread so I could see where it all started and what I hoped to accomplish with my word. Here's my New Year's Eve post that announces my word. When I read that post, I remember the reason I picked this particular word. Fear had been guiding my life and that needed to change, immediately. The question I'm left with is: Has it?
Fear still exists, but I don't follow fear. I don't search it out or ask permission of it. That feels great! I've realized that taking risks doesn't mean there isn't fear...it means you do it anyway, despite the fear. I feel like I've done that. Taking an art class. Teaching in a pilot program. Leading a retreat at a friend's church. Helping to organize the retreat at my own church. Reaching out to authors and teachers around the country and making amazing connections. Asking questions. Being true to myself, despite the consequences (which are sometimes painful, but worth it)! Going out when I wanted to stay in. Having the conversation instead of avoiding it. Living. Being! This is what RISK has done for me this year.
Another early post about RISK talks about an Un-Boring List. I read the list and I've accomplished lots of things on the list. Here's my list...
I feel like I can honestly say I can check many of these off the list. #7...I started out strong and it fizzled. I need to get back to that! #10...I will focus on this one this summer.
Other than that, I've done all of the others and I want to continue. Maybe I should update...make a new Un-Boring List for the second half of 2014. Here goes...(the trick is to move fast & don't edit yourself when you make the list)
1. Write a draft of a book
3. Sit by the ocean
4. Travel to conferences
5. Visit Christine in Colorado
6. Pray more
7. Have people over...dinners, game nights
8. Be willing to abandon the plan
9. Take Bella to the dog park often
10. Writing retreat
To sum up...RISK has been a great word for me in 2014, so far. I'm looking forward to seeing where else it leads.