Everyone loves to bag on the previous year and place all their loaded expectations on the shoulders of the new year. As the year was wrapping up, my Twitter & Facebook feeds were packed with snarky missives about how 2010 had really let us down, and 2011 had better step it up. I suppose that personifying a year makes it easier to accept the disappoints that arrive. The national economy and worldwide turmoil not withstanding, I think we have ourselves to thank for any major disappoints that clouded our hopes for 2010.
To that end, during a dinner party, a friend invited a group of us to summarize in one word, our year 2010, and a word for our hopes in 2011. I had to admit that I’d been somewhat negative about the latter year in question, just because it had not ended at all where I’d expected it to.
I summarized 2010 with the word, “CRUSH”. I had a crush on Pippin + Pearl and the idea of having a shop. I crushed on being part a community, being part of a movement, and having a brick & mortar shop that would be the fulfillment of a dream of mine. In the end, I learned that crushing on something, being passionate about an idea, and working hard to make it happen, doesn’t always mean that you have the power to make it a reality. The foundation of this dream was shaky from the beginning and in the end, being passionate about it, wasn’t enough to sustain that dream.
When I think about 2011, it’s easy to say where I hope to be with Pippin + Pearl, and I have big dreams that I want to fulfill this year. The word I chose for 2011, is “ARCHITECT”. I want to be a planner. I want to establish my goals, and make a solid plan to accomplish them. I’ve had to learn that working hard and being passionate aren’t enough to make something work. You have to have a good foundation based on research, discipline, and a solid set of blueprints to follow.
So, how would you summarize your 2010 and your 2011?