2010 - 2011: Look Back and Then Look Forward...

“No one ever regarded the First of January with indifference. It is that from which all date their time, and count upon what is left. It is the nativity of our common Adam.” Charles Lamb
Mourning Doves by John James Audubon

The new writing assignment from MamaKat's Writing Workshop is a helpful way to review the year that just ended and re-focus on the year ahead. 2010 was a year that many would like to forget and that, perhaps, a smaller number will consider an abundant year. 2011 still holds its mystery and message. As we journey through it, we will learn more. What we must do is maintain a positive spirit and attitude.

In 2010, unemployment continued to soar in the USA, many lost homes and health-care, the earthquakes in various locations created havoc and devastation, Madoff went to jail for massive embezzlement, we lost some very talented souls, and yet, through it all, we hoped for a better day, month, year.
In the context of the assignment below, I chose question #1. I would have to say that 2010 was a challenging year. The word for 2010 - Challenging! Read more on my 2011 thoughts below...

This Week’s Prompts:
1.) Choose a word that encompasses 2010 and describe why. What word will you choose as your theme for 2011?
2.) If the way you spent your New Year's Eve is any indication of how the rest of the year will go, how would you say your future is looking right about now?
3.) Drunk.
4.) What happened in 2010 that you'd rather not repeat?
5.) Read and Respond: "If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up." ~J.M. Power

In terms of 2011, I would hesitate to choose words that are narrow or that limit the endless possibilities that this year holds for all of us. When I thought of this assignment, I was tempted to think of words that would be the easy opposite of challenging ... However, I am going with the word "flourishing!"

I believe that we all have the potential to flourish this year and that our limitations, imagined and real, will be lifted so we can soar like birds into the glorious rays of sun. I've always liked my motto; ask, believe, receive, because it encompasses all the necessary ways we can bring divine grace and good fortune our way.
May you flourish in 2011 and may your days be beautiful and bright!

Some Food for Thought: What do you envision for your 2011? How do you plan to accomplish your goals? I would love to hear from you: Please leave me a comment. Thank You!

PHOTO CREDITS: Mourning Dove John James Audubon Wikipedia

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank

Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet


  1. Last year I would say was searching and this year is leaping! :) Great post! Thanks for joining us on Traveling Through Thursday! I am now following you via google , twitter and facebook! I'd love for you to join me on fb and twitter if you haven't already! Have a fab day! www.livingonloveandcents.blogspot.com

  2. I am a new follower via Thursday blog hop. I would love if you could follow me back at http://frugalcouponingmommy3.blogspot.com/

  3. Visiting from Mama Kat :-) "Flourishing" - what a good choice. Even the sound of saying the world aloud has that lifting tone to it: as you say, soaring up and reaching high. Waking up, stretching, and feeling that lift is a great way to think of 2011.

  4. Just stopping by from Swing by Sudnays

  5. Stopping by from Swing by Sundays. What a unique and informative blog (and what excellent credentials you have). Would love to have you follow back!

    A Goddess of Frugality

  6. Thanks for the follow! Following you back!

  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm your newest follower.


  8. I'm stopping by from the blog hop, and now I follow.

  9. I LOVE your word!! May I find you FLOURISHING with every visit!! ((HUGS))

  10. Hi Elizabeth . . . thank you so much for following my blog . . . I follow your blog as well.

    Have a wonderful day . . . Gina


  11. Hi Elizabeth,
    Welcome to Miz Helen's Country Cottage, I am so happy to have you follow along with us. Thank you for coming by to see me and you have a great weekend.
    I am your Number 627 Follower.

  12. Thanks for folling me, I'm following you back. Very interesting stuff, I'll be back for sure!

  13. That for stopping by. I am following you back. Have a great day!

  14. Thanks for stopping by...already a follower...Have a wonderful 2011....

  15. Thanks for stopping by Harvest For Tomorrow. I am your newest follower!

  16. Great word for 2011- gives us all hope among the most recent tragedies in the world. I try to be as optimistic as possible about the future as well!
    Thanks for following- I look forward to following your blog!

  17. Nice post! Hopping over to say Hello and Hugs too, Katherine

  18. Hopping around to say hello on this. I recently became a follower. I would appreciate it if you would visit my blog Rufina's Opinions And Reviews R.O.A.R and return the favor.

  19. New GFC follower from Lets Get Social
    Thanks for visiting my blog. Stop back soon


  20. Thank you for your comment, great to discover your blog.

  21. Good one! I'd have to say 2010 was painful. Lots of family drama and letdowns. So ready for a change and looking forward to spending it with those we love and who love us back.

  22. Following back! Have a great week.

    your new friends,
    koco & viking


  23. HI. thanks for stopping by my blog and following. I'm following you back. I like the word "flourishing".

  24. I love having goals because they are one thing I can say are all mine. They are my goals to strive for and achieve. I have some pretty simple goals and complex goals down on paper for 2011. It's a great reference point.
    Happy 2011 to you! Thanks for stopping by the Klutter...

  25. Thanks for checking out my blog. I followed you back. Coupon Cougar.

  26. I like #5! It is o true that we must be awake to accomplish our goals, dreams and desires.

  27. Hi there! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I've been planning on writing a 2010 review for my blog, just need to get around to doing it, haha.


  28. True look back and then forward.

    Just make sure that you...

    'Never look back in anger'

    as I've learned from my oldest son's tattoo. It's a waste of time, and it doesn't accomplish anything.

    Just found you on the blog hop.



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