L*O*V*E

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My word choose me

Before I even had a chance to think about it

It was right there

Waiting for me to declare it

I could not shake it

Even when I tried

The word felt right

Yet so wrong to say out loud

I come to this space

To share the truth of my story

To show my soul

And wear my heart on my sleeve

So I knew I had to be honest here

I knew I had to show up

With my word in the palm of my hands

Ready to show you all

So I am doing just that

Even though it feels bold to say

I am showing up

With my word in the palm of my hands

And sharing it with you all

My word for 2011 is

Love

I have come a long way on this journey through life

I never could have imagined that I would be here

It has been amazing traveling down these paths

I am so lucky for everything that I have encountered

I have grown

I have learned

And I have found myself during this journey

I am now ready

Ready to embrace love

To open up my world to that deeper connection

I am going into this year with my hands open

Facing forward

Ready to accept whatever comes my way

I am not afraid

I am open

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The below quote by Brene Brown is how I approach love.  I have learned over the past few years that the only way to truly live is to allow myself to be seen for exactly who I am.  I am on this journey to show my most authentic self to the world.  In doing that I have been met with kindness, compassion, and understanding.  It has opened up the doors for connection on a deeper level.  And I need to connect on that deeper level.  It feeds my soul.  So when I think about love I think about it this way.

"when we let our most vulnerable selves and our most powerful selves be deeply seen and known.  and when that offering is met with respect and kindness and trust, that is what love is.

love is letting ourselves be deeply seen and known and then honoring the connection that happens between two people who are willing to do that with kindness and respect." ~ Brene Brown

~What is your word for 2011?  I would love for you to share it here or link me to your blog so that I can read what you choose.