One word

My writing mamas and I meet each month to share and critique our writing. What started as a group of virtual strangers has become a close-knit, multi-faceted group of sisters.

But the writing has, well, let’s just say floundered.

We love our time with each other that is carved out of every month. There is rarely a lack of conversation and recently the conversation has taken over our mama nights. And that’s been a nice break. A welcome refuge as we all deal with life’s greatest joys and deepest traumas.

By December of this year, we knew there wasn’t much time in anyone’s lives for an in-depth writing assignment. So we chose a one word assignment.

What is the one word you would like to encompass 2011? And why?

Most of us didn’t even write it out, but we had thought out our intentions and it made for a lovely evening of sharing.

My word: Simplify.

Every part of my life could benefit from some simplicity. I tend to make some things much harder than necessary. This year, my goal is to simplify.

I got to test myself before 2011 has even rung in when we threw my son’s 4th birthday party. We have always hosted it somewhere outside the home, because after the Christmas rush, it’s nice to get out. And cleaning before and after toddler/pre-school parties in not high on my to-do list.

So we chose a “playtown” that allowed a lot of free play. I made ginger bread cookies, since my son doesn’t really like cake much. We had juice boxes, grapes and pretzels. My dad played music on his guitar while the children ate. It was lovely. And simple.

The workers of the playtown mentioned numerous times how relaxed we were. They said everything was so easy. The kids had a blast. The parents were happy because no one left totally jacked on sugar. I left happy because the party was very affordable.

I think I’m going to like this simplify thing. I’ll keep you posted.

What will your word for 2011 be? I’d love to hear what you choose.

(p.s. – oh, and the writing mamas? We’ve got plans. 2011 is already shaping up to be full of ideas. I can’t wait to share some of them with you!)

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