I spent December as I began the year…in a struggle with this word.
But rather than the struggle of unpacking what needed to be released, the struggle this month is in the packing away of release.
Because I think release is not a word I can just pack away and move on from… instead (and despite how much it pains me to say this) release is a word I will carry with me as I go forward into 2022 because I don’t think my work with it is quite finished yet.
However, I am not the same woman who unpacked all the things that needed released, sorted, and tucked safely away. Thanks to this very hard year of work… I stand on the cusp of a New Year stronger and more resilient than I ever imagined myself to be.
Despite my struggle against it… release has helped me move onto a new path and led me to the word I will carry in 2022. I am not sharing that word quite yet… I still have a few days to spend tidying up release.
I really want to thank Carolyn for hosting us this year… and more importantly, for sharing monthly worksheets that truly aided me in my journey. Sometimes, all I could do was sit with those worksheets… and in those moments I was so grateful for her insight as to what we (I) might need.
Thanks to you, Gentle Readers, for coming along on this journey with me this year. Your kind comments of encouragement have helped me along the way… I am profoundly grateful for each of you as well!
What a year Kat! Even though “Release” was a tough one for you, it also sounds like it served a very beneficial purpose. I’m curious as to what your 2022 word is.
I know it’s been a hard word for you, and I’m sure the frustrations you have shared with us here are likely only the tip of the iceberg, but I suspect it’s been an excellent word for you precisely because of that. I’m glad that you’ve realized that you can’t just release Release (heh) and that it will continue to be something that you will work on.
I am applauding you, long and loud, for all the work you have done with release and the place you have arrived at because of it. I can picture you, walking that new path into 2022. Way to go, Kat!
What a year, Kat! I’ve been trying to find the right words for what I want to say here…Your work with Release kind of feels like doing burpees. Because…ack! Burpees!? GROAN. But, boy, do you feel worked over and all the better for it for having endured. And at the end you feel a little taller, better oxygenated, and energized for what comes next–so darn glad you did them. That’s what following along with Release reminds me of–and your finish feels triumphant. I’m woo-hoo’ing out here in Denver!! xo
WHAT a YEAR, Kat! You already said it all in your post, but you did some hard work and I’m glad to read that you found it worthwhile. I know that there was plenty behind-the-scenes that you walked through on your own and I’m grateful for everything you were able to share. I learned a lot from you this year.
Maybe next year’s word will be a bit more playful?? 😉 I look forward to your big reveal!
For me, the best words have been the ones that have stayed with me. I hope you will find that to be true as well.
My “best words” stick with me for all time, Kat. And I think RELEASE is a wonderful word to keep in your life. It has been inspiring to follow along on your path with RELEASE this year. I’m so proud of you for sticking with it and digging in like you have. BRAVO. And I can’t wait to see where you go next year. XO
what a lovely post! With struggles come growth (supposedly) and I hope that 2022 is less struggling and more growth and exploration!!
What a year it has been. I applaud your courage and your hard work. As I read your post, I am once again reminded of the power of words. Mine also stay with me, faithful friends through the years.