Stretch /strech/ def: (verb) to draw out or extend (oneself, stuff a body, advice limbs, unhealthy wings, etc.) to the full length or extent.

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Like everyone else I have been thinking about the old year and preparing for the new. Last year I did this but when I read Lilalia’s recent post about her Word of the Year (from Christine Kane’s blog) I thought that was what I needed: one word to serve as my touchstone for 2009. Last year I was so focused on becoming a Mother that I couldn’t think anything else for the longest time. Now that I am starting to get the hang of it (am I allowed to say that?) I need to do things to remind me that I am a person as well as a mother and – dare I say – a creative person? I can kind of go overboard with making resolutions even though I say I don’t make resolutions – the New Year/my Birthday is a time where I like to stress myself out by trying to change EVERYTHING I don’t like about myself. I suppose if I was going to make one resolution it would be to not beat myself up but I fail at that about 10x a day so lets just move along shall we?

One thing I know I need to do is stretch more – in the literal, lay down on the carpet and stretch my limbs sense. Stretch. The word has so many meanings and as soon as I thought of it I knew it was my word for the year. This year I need to stretch my creative limits, stretch my imagination, stretch my writing abilities, stretch my nerve, stretch our budget and yes – lie down on the floor every day and stretch my limbs.

What’s your word of the year?

  9 Replies to “Stretch”

  1. January 4, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Hey! I like your new set up here! Very lovely : )

  2. January 4, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    *Technically* you’re allowed to say that you’re getting the hang of it, but if you’re remotely suspicious you’ll absolutely want to sprinkle salt or knock on wood or, um, something (!) that’ll ward off the jinxing you might set yourself up for by saying it… (Imagine me typing this in a ‘whisper’ while hiding under my desk: children can read our minds!)

  3. Morgan
    January 4, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Well, last year’s word was so clearly ‘change’ – everything (but my job) changed completely. I’m hoping the word of the year is ‘happy’. Is that too much to ask for? Probably, but I’m going to work at it.

  4. January 4, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    I think this year mine is going to be reach – I started a lot in 2008 and I need to push myself to keep up with things, and to maintain the stability that we’ve found.

  5. January 4, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    Excellent choice. I sure hope you get to the point that you can touch your toes, as well as reach for the sky…

  6. January 5, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Violet: I agree! Moira can definitely read my mind – especially if I am thinking she needs to go for a nap!

    Morgan: I think Happy is the perfect word for you this year. Another good word would be “meet up with Melanie for tea” – oh wait, that’s a whole sentence. 🙂

    Kyla: I thought of Reach too put I think Stretch is more appropraite for me because I need to not push myself too hard or I will snap – Stretching implies slow and steady movement in my mind, I have a lot of muscles (literally and figuratively) that need building.

    Lilalia: Touch my toes? Wow – that would be amazing. I don’t think I have ever been able to touch my toes!

  7. Jen
    January 6, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    I think my word is going to be let go. I realize that’s two words, but there are a lot of things I need to let go and forgive isn’t quite the right word. Maybe “release”? yeah, release. That’s my word.

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