This Year

JOURNEY: The Beginning



Begin here 1.4.15

Last year, when I chose the word POSSIBILITY as my "one little word," it was because there was some sort of . . . pull . . . deep inside me for . . . 

something ELSE
something DIFFERENT
something MORE

I thought, then, that I needed to consider new possibilities for my life.  And, at the time, I thought I needed to add something (a new project, new creative ventures, more this, more that).  I never thought about what I might leave behind.  

What I discovered over the course of my year of POSSIBILITY was quite shocking to me!  As the year rolled on, I slowly began to realize that in order to explore/find/discover new possibilities, I first needed to make room for them.  I understand now (because hindsight always makes you wiser) that adding something "new" . . . without considering what was "already there" . . . would have been a horrible mistake, and wouldn't actually help me at all.

(Ah.  The power of one little word.)

So my year of POSSIBILITY . . . became a year of creating space!  I started with my closet.  Most unexpected, but so satisfying.  (And still ongoing, truth be told.  Paring down happens in stages. . . as I realize how lightly I really can pack!)  It moved on to the garden, where I did a lot more digging-up than planting-in last year.  It moved into my head - in a very big way - where I started thinking very hard about commitments and priorities and passions.

And that's when it really hit me.

What I discovered was this:  My time (and my heart) were beging consumed by my job -- a job I'd actually been "tricked" into accepting (can you say "bait-and-switch"?), didn't ever want, and was holding onto for some weird sense of obligation.  My original search for new possibilities, I now understand, was actually a search for my own heart.  Because I felt so empty and drained from the demands of a job I didn't want to have in the first place.

So I cleared space.

I quit.

Today is my first "official" day without that particular job in my life.

Now, my JOURNEY really begins.  I've cleared space -- and now I'm heading out for uncharted territory.

I'm not sure where I'm going, but I know I'm on my way!


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And I know you will sail through your journey with lots of success and happiness!


It seems that you've already completed the first part of your journey, and this year will bring the next part. I love the picture/map mash-up.


You're probably not hanging out with Julio down by the schoolyard, but I thought of this song right away:
Looking forward to reading about your journey this year!
P.S. Thank you for choosing my word for me! (More later when I put the finishing touch on my words.)


I know this was a difficult decision for you but I also know you made the absolute right one by quitting. I'm jealous! But I can't wait to see what's in store for you on this part of your journey.


Kym, this is one ofthe most inspiring posts I've read in a long time. So often, we duck our own truths amd clutter our lives with possessions or activity that doesn't feed our souls. You have inspired me to let go-- you are a great example!


OMG -- the power of one word! Congratulations on moving forward!

Barbara S

Wow! How exciting. I'm looking forward to seeing where your journey takes you.


Fabulous!! Bon voyage!


Cute photo mass-up! Your journey is going to take you to a great discovery. I can't wait to see where you go and what you find!


I hope this is the opening page of this year's OLW's awesome!! congratulations on the new path - it may be uncharted, but you've got all the right gear in your pack to find the way (...and maybe get lost for just a bit :-) Happy 2015!!


Now you have a blank page, jobwise...I hope that if you are planning on another job you find one that fulfills you instead of drains you. May the job story you write be a happy one! :)

Cheryl S.

Wow - good for you! Out with the old, and in with the new. Best of luck on your new journey.

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