My word for 2011: Move

That’s my word for this year. Move. Last year, it was Courage. It’s been a year full of high highs and low lows. I am ready for what lies ahead. At least that’s what I’m telling myself. What a year it’s been.

Chésaweh had his first birthday! My baby. A boy already. Takes my breath away, every day. What an amazing creature he is. So bold, fearless, beautiful, determined, energetic, persistent, methodical, cheerful, soulful, musical, unbridled, uninhibited, wild, thoughtful, gentle, joyful, quiet, mellow, intense little being he is. And growing, growing… always in the moment.

I won a camera! OMG, yes. The sheer craziness. At a moment when I was thinking that perhaps it was too much for me right now. I won a 1D. As if the universe was saying, yeah, keep doing this. For a while. And I love it. What a thrill to get more that looks like what I see. It’s just wonderful. And oddly, it inspires me to work with other cameras as well. It’s lovely.

We moved. Just fifteen minutes down the highway from where we lived before. And yet, it does seem like a whole world away. Our neighbourhood is way cool. We’ve seen most of them out and about, tending to their homes, being with their families and I dig it. Hope to get to know them better. I’m still covering the entire Bay Area and still visit Richmond, El Cerrito, Berkeley and Oakland just about every week for one errand or another. I’m still in love with the Kensington and sometimes drive around it loving on the homes there. It’s gorgeous. I’m in the city a lot less but always happy to have a reason to come to San Francisco proper.

Myofascial Pain Syndrome returned in full effect. Joy. Not. That was my sarcastic voice. It sucks. Don’t have much more to say about it right now.

I applied for SOAR again! Oh yes. Why not, right? And bonus is I’m totally motivated to get my house in order just in case Me Ra winds up coming over like she did with the last winners. Ha!

I did my first mini-sessions. Awesome.
I second shot a bouquet of weddings. Stupendous.
I shot more portraits. Heart warming and just plain thrilling.  Is that an odd way to describe it? Do you get what I mean? It was so thoroughly enjoyable. When I’m shooting, I just relax into seeing and going zen. Connecting and opening. Love it.

Wow. This is a long post for me. And I haven’t even added photographs yet!

Doesn’t this disco ball ornament and blue tree just make you want to dance? You know you do… shake your body!! Ha.

I envision moving my body. Exercising every day. I’ll be dancing. Walking. Playing catch. Jumping rope.

I envision moving away from the junk food I’ve been settling for on far too many occasions and creating even more of the healthy, delicious, pretty food that actually nourishes our bodies.

I envision moving forward in my life and in my business. Leaving behind bad habits and the excuses that I’ve let in my own way. No more. I’m just going to do.

I envision being moved by the universe more, by allowing myself to be present and conscious and open more. When I’m awake and aware, so much more in life evokes all those glorious feelings of connection, purpose and zen. I want more of that.

What’s your word for 2011?


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    […] it. And realised that in part it was because I was holding myself as having ‘failed’ last year’s word. Don’t ask me how that makes sense. Apparently, I wasn’t really clear about what having […]

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    Sabese January 20, 2011

    Heri ya mwaka mpya!

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      ajira January 21, 2011

      asante dada! You too!

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    Shelly January 5, 2011

    Great blog layout. Love the clean lines, but that’s my comtemporary modern style side speaking. Because colorful, funky and fun I dig too. Anyway, your word of the year can can on so many different means and directions that it seems a perfect fit, like finding a new pair of jeans that become your go to pants of choice. So many words come to mind for me… like BOLD, BELIEVE, JUMP, PASSION, MEANING, GRACE. It’s hard to sum up my word choose for the year. Maybe I can have a word a month. But I know that I won’t be able to decide until the month has past. For January, my word is BELIEVE. I think I shall take your lead and write my own blog post about it why I picked it. 🙂

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      ajira January 5, 2011

      Thanks Shelly! It’s quite a departure from the old one. We’re moving on!! LOL. I actually like the idea of a word a month. Believe is a GREAT word for January. Can’t wait to see your post about it.

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    Jeannie January 4, 2011

    Love the new blog!!!

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    Nicky Peterson January 3, 2011

    Beautiful!! You blog, YOU! Love your word!!

    My 2011 word is JOY. I am praying that I LOOK for the JOY in my life and dwell on it and not the other stuff!

    Can’t wait to see you!

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    Katie January 2, 2011

    Happy New Year Ajira! Love the new blog! xox

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      ajira January 2, 2011

      Thanks so much Katie! It’s coming together, slowly but surely.

      Happy New Year to you too. Hope to see you soon!

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