Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year 1-1-11... and my one word!

I am going to share my "word" for this year in a bit... and after all the shoveling and snow removal we are doing I think I couldn't have picked a better word!


Nolan tackled the drift by our front door last night.  I wanted to at least make a narrow path for the newspaper delivery person who has amazingly continued to not only bring our paper, but get it to our front door.


 
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But then we awoke to this!!  Its bigger and badder than last night!  Even I, a seasoned Minnesotan, am in awe of this drift!! 

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Plus, in further amazement... the paper neatly lying by my front door AGAIN!  Hello, can you say BIG TIP... I think so!  

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The ultimate "flocked" wreath.
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The view from the front of the house.
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Nolan tackling the drift again.
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If we dug all the way down to the concrete, he'd be level with the top of the drift!
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It was blustery and cloudy earlier today, its now sunny, but still windy at times.  The highways at this time are still all closed!  This hardly ever happens.  The sheer magnitude of these two storms will be felt for a long time. 

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The mailboxes...
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My project for the afternoon... find my front door...   Nolan already threw in the shovel... ha.
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Without further ado, the word I have chosen for the Ali Edwards one word challenge: 

ALIVE...   (trust me on this, shoveling snow makes you feel very alive amongst other things)

I picked a word that describes what I want to feel, more than anything.  The first word I chose two years ago was "intention." I still strive to live my moments with purpose and thinking of the word intention grounds me in the moment instantaneously.  

Last year my word was "reaching."  I assumed the word would entail me reaching for something, but quickly discovered it was about all of the things and people who reached me.  My word surprises me every year.  

This year, I stumbled across a feeling that I tried to articulate.   In part due to the passing of my Dad,  I've been leveled by grief, but also filled to bursting with joy.  The common thread in these feelings, is that they make me feel alive.  I want to be sure that I continue to seek the moments, the people, the activities that help me feel fully alive.  


Have you picked a word this year?

12 comments:

  1. WoW! I cannot believe this snow! God Bless You!
    I haven't chosen a word as of yet!!!
    Maybe, Calm...

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  2. Vicky....I don't know if you know how much these photos mean to me...but I wanted to try and express it to you!! Amazing winter wonderland...something I never EVER see...and I looked at each photo again and again...and imagined that I was there...wondering how people would be staring at me as they saw me "take it all in"....sigh. I know that snow-covered wreaths and banks of snow are probably every-day winter occurances for you...but I wanted you to know that you made my day with these photos!! You truly did. This is an amazing life that I will never see (unless I travel afar)...and I thank you sooo much for sharing them.
    I think of you and your sweet family...and am so pleased that your word is 'alive'.... Blessings to you and yours, sweet friend.
    Much love to you,
    Jackie

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  3. Our new year is beginning a bit dramatically isn't it?! I'm all for a bit of reprieve.

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  4. I'm thinking... Content... because that's what I want to be most. WOW, you've got snow. Ours is melting away. And maybe that's not a terrible thing :-)

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  5. Holy Cow! The amount of snow is amazing--and so sweet of Nolan to help! Is that rick with the snow blower? I like you word. I haven't come up with a resolution this year, maybe I will choose a word instead!

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  6. Unbelievable!!
    This snow should look so great in the evenings when it gets dark.
    We don't have any. Just chilly wet weather so only the bones can complain lol

    Well Nolan's muscles will grow real big after he's done tackling all this snow.lol
    Sending your family all the blessings for the new year Vicky.
    Keep well and safe and prosper.
    :)

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  7. Love your choice of a word. There's nothing like grappling with the elements to make you feel alive.

    I'm going to have to give it some thought before I come up with just one word.

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  8. I have never seen this much snow ever! I've never even lived in temperatures this low. But I have to say again that it looks so very beautiful! Stay warm :)

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  9. Perfect word to choose!! Living, breathing and being in the moment with all that you love. I need to come up with a word now too.

    My kids would LOVE all that snow!

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  10. OMG!!!!!!!! First of all that's a TON of snow! If we got that much snow our town would shut down for a month I think. Secondly - how in the world did your paper guy get your paper to your door? He rocks!!!!!!!

    Wow!

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  11. Wow Vicky its hard to imagine all that snow!!!! I love your white house though somehow it blends with the winter wonderland. Love your photos, Always!!! I am just glad the boys are growing up and can shovel the snow...how do the postmen do it too - I just cannot imagine!

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  12. I love your word, sweet friend. And I get it. Feeling alive, feeling like you're waking up, really feeling, really living.

    I'm proud of you. Always.

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