12/1/10 – Reverb Writing Prompt #1: One Word

Prompt: One Word. Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you?

Author: Gwen Bell



2010 was a year of setbacks. I went from finally recovering from my 1st marathon & the cough that wouldn’t die in December 2009 and training for my 2nd marathon, to a summer of foot pain & waiting for surgery. The architect went from being unemployed to contract work to unemployed to contract work to unemployed to a temp position that he does not really enjoy and doesn’t have any benefits (except for keeping him from being unemployed). In the beginning of the year, I was planning on taking the architect to Italy to celebrate his 40th birthday, but instead, I had foot surgery – almost as expensive, not nearly as much fun. I’m not saying there weren’t good points, but overall, I felt frustrated at every turn.


I just want 2011 to be a year of attaining goals. In running. In employment (for all members of the household). In finances. In happiness. In all things attempted.

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