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What is your WORD for 2010?

I don't know about you, but 2009 was a very tough year for me. I'm glad to kiss it goodbye and welcome the New Year/New Decade.

In that spirit, here's a post from Jayne London, my Associate Coach and the Manager of the Academic Writing Club. This letter was sent to members of the Writing Club, but I thought I'd make it available to all.

Happy New Year! Wow --- 2010! It's time to turn a new page on a new decade. This is an opportunity that won't come along again for another 10 years. Imagine back to 2000 and what you thought you would be doing 10 years later.

I hope you can acknowledge all your accomplishments from the past 10 years and enjoy that feeling in the days to come.

There will be many opportunities for you in this new decade. Are you ready for them?

For this upcoming year, a simple but powerful suggestion was offered by a graduate student in the Writing Club. She calls it ONE LITTLE WORD TO LIVE WITH.

She wrote: "About this time last year, a friend of mine challenged me (and others) to choose a word to “live with” for the coming year (2009). She got the idea from a scrapbooking website ( As a middle-aged, dissertating woman with lots of life distractions, I have no time nor energy for scrapbooking, but decided I could choose a word, put it on my desk, and think of ways to let that word inspire me – much easier than writing New Year’s resolutions that I wouldn’t keep! My word for 2009 was HOPE. I found lots of ways to live in hope, and the reminder was helpful during some very difficult struggles – with my dissertation, my committee, my health, and some difficult losses."

My “word” for 2010 will be "SMILE." (I love feeling that positive surge of energy and happiness when I smile. I love to smile, and want to more of it, and make others smile as well.)

I challenge you to think of a word, keep it near you each day, and see if it makes a difference for you in 2010. Please post your WORD on the Message Board so we can know what you're focusing on during this new year.

Here are some ideas that came from my fellow coaches:

Happy New Year!


And I wish all of you a Happy New Year, too. I think my word will be REBIRTH.

If you're not in the Writing Club, please post your WORD here. I'd love to hear your thoughts.


  1. My word for 2010: NOW.

  2. I like your word, Cody. If I could only stay in the NOW, I would stop regretting the past and stop worrying about the future. I'd just be in the moment, doing what needs to be done.

    We've gotten two people who commented on this same post in facebook -- their word was FOCUS. I could use a big dose of that, too.

  3. Anonymous9:37 PM

    I like this. My word is: TRUST

  4. Wow, it's weird that you came up with "trust." That's something I'm having a hard time with (I'm going through a divorce). But I keep thinking, why not trust, because it doesn't help you to be suspicious all the time. Thanks for that, a.


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