One Year, One Word #Reverb10

Interrupting the Wednesday Entrepreneur Interview series for this post about #reverb10, seeing as I’m part of the interactive crew & can’t think of a better way to start the last month of the year than blogging about what 2010 was all about and what I want 2011 to be.

The next interview will be posted on Friday & Mike Dooley’s Infinite Possibilities book giveaway winner announced then as well. Stay tuned!

So what is this all about?

Reverb 10 is an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next. The end of the year is an opportunity to reflect on what’s happened, and to send out reverberations for the year ahead. For more info, check out #reverb10 and sign up for your daily prompt.

Dec 1 prompt:
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? Gwen Bell.


My word for 2010: ILLUMINATIVE.

It didn’t feel like it all year.

But it makes total sense now.

2010 has been nothing like I imagined.

I’d intended it to be the year everything came together for me, from launching a new business idea to rebranding my current business, fitness and relationship goals and so much more.

2010 started off great, full of promise.

I came back from a holiday in New Zealand, got certified as a Professional Coach, the Olympics came to Vancouver, we won Hockey Gold.

I attended amazing conferences, made fantastic new friends, rebranded my site, collaborated with talented colleagues, lead social media teleclasses, wrote my 1st eBook & tons more cool stuff.

Somewhere in the fall, it started falling apart (ironic, much?).

Suddenly, everything seemed harder than necessary, murkier than ever and more confusing than I thought possible.

I stayed the course. I gave up.

I acted out of pure faith. I cursed my lot.

I had some fantastic breakthroughs. I had major ups and downs.

I went with the flow. I tried too hard.

I got noticed. I noticed.

And I looked for answers.

I discovered what I wanted. I realised I had no idea what I wanted.

I saw it clear as day. It got foggy just as quick.

I trusted. I got desperate.

I discovered the voice within me that wanted to be heard. It scared me.

I learned that I didn’t have the answers I sought, no one did. I learned I didn’t have to know.

I held on. I let go.

I laughed and had the time of my life. I contemplated what dying would be like.

I made decisions. I rescinded my decisions.

I was anchored. I felt adrift.

I discovered that I wanted to be a 6 figure coach creating a passive income stream. I discovered I was an entrepreneur, not just a self employed person.

I realised I didn’t want to be a “6 figure coach with a passive income stream” but a ridiculously passionate and authentic being, living her truth and being courageous, and allowing abundance in as a result.

I wanted to be the best version of me.

And then, best of all..

I discovered I was already her.

As the year draws to an end, I’m reflecting and smiling.

I gave up my apartment for an adventure in Argentina & find myself homeless for December instead. And yet, the little flame just got a whole lot brighter as today, of all days, I came home to what 2010 has been leading upto, what it has taken 11 months to bring home to me.


Self beliefs, beliefs and patterns, your beliefs, my beliefs, self limiting beliefs, empowering beliefs, believing in you, believing in me.

So there you have it, my intention for 2011:


While replying to a comment by Riayn I realised two more words encapsulate my years perfectly:

2010 was all about me being in my HEAD. 2011 is all about me being in my HEART.

From HEAD to HEART. This is it.

I’d love to hear from you – what would your word for 2010 be? And what do you want 2011 to be? If you’d like to reverbate this December, come join us!

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  1. says

    Sounds like you have had a very challenging year, but I’m so glad to hear that everything is starting to fall into place. I hope 2011 brings much success and joy.

    • says

      Thanks Riayn! Yep, I realise the # 1 reason for why it’s been challenging – my beliefs about what could, should or would happen. To the eye looking in it actually looks like a fantastic, near perfect year – it’s all been in my head.

      Hmmm maybe the words also are HEAD to HEART .. I think I’m going to add them now, ha. Off to read yours now.

  2. marie says

    Wonderful post, you sparkling woman you!!

    My word for 2010 is earthquakes (to be read as great, giant letters doing a heaving shake, rattle and roll routine).

    And for 2011: new beginnings (which isn’t one word, I know, and then, I’ve never been one to follow directions to the point or color within the lines 🙂

    So here’s to new beginnings in love, work, life and spirit!

    • says

      Aww thanks you gorgeous smiled woman, you!

      Nothing like a good ole earth shattering rumble to wake you up and shake your core ay. I do hope you’re not talking about the Christchurch quake, but one in your beliefs & life 😉

      I just love that I have friends like me – who refuse to pick one word, I just went and added 2 more too, ha!

      New beginnings Marie, I am on BOARD with that and smiling so much I feel like a cat. Much love xo

  3. says

    Beautiful. The most important discovery is to see that you are truly magnificent just as you are. I’m illuminated simply reading it, and I know it’s true.

    • says

      Girlfriend, just popped by your post – love it. And I hope you see that you already always HAD presence. Truly magnificent just as you are – if everyone felt that way, this world would be a rockin’ place. It already is and about to get better. Thanks for stopping by x
      ps: that picture of yours is so radiant and beautiful, simply illuminative!

  4. says

    Hey Tia!

    Love your post and your words – always “sparkling.” When we try to force our lives to follow some set path, then it “Rebels.” I swear we are all likes rivers that want to meander through life the way we want, not the way others want us. I’m so with you on ditching that six figure coaching thang – that’s the antithesis of authentic. That never appealed to me. It sounded really generic and superficial.

    You are terrific the way you are! I noticed your sparkle right away.

    I want to have a millionaire life …

    My word for 2010: Wake up. I have been waking up for the past 8 years to my wonderful life. Am working on my “Wake up and contribute non-institute institute.” I’m encouraging folks to get off that bogus treadmill and find their own path through life.

    My word for 2011: Rebel. I’m alway rebelling but this year I want to do it in everything, including my marketing, my writing, my living, my adventures.

    Thanks! Giulietta

    • says

      I realise now – that was my head speaking, not my heart. They weren’t working together, they were nuking it out and my head was winning. Letting the heart speak takes courage and consciousness, oh now I want those 2 words too, LOL!

      Your site & personality really drew me in, so you’re definitely on the right path being who you are and using the feisty rebel to define your next move. You rock girl, thanks so much for being here & sharing & giving of yourself. 2011, bring it on!

    • says

      Good on you Brooke! It’s going to be so worth it 🙂 Kudos for writing about your identity and fears around that – very profound post. Welcome to #reverb10 and thank you for sharing. I have a feeling 2011 is going to be very powerful for you.

  5. says

    Hi Tia, goodness it’s been a while since I’ve visited you and your new blog looks amazing! Love this post. I stumbled upon another reverb twitter-er this morning and jumped right in, so I was excited to see your tweet! I’m looking forward to the month of looking back and looking ahead. My looking-back word is discover, because I discovered so much about me this past year. Haven’t settled on my word for 2011 yet…….*pondering*

    • says

      Thauna!!! How awesome to hear from you again, wow it HAS been yonks! Hey, we’re got similar words for 2010 – so what were your biggest discoveries about yourself? I reckon this month will bring about enough insights for your 2011 intentions to become clear. Besides, you can change them anytime, that’s the best part 🙂 See you at #reverb10 sweetie!

  6. says

    This is a beautiful, beautiful post, Tia. I read it twice to make sure that I soaked it all up because it’s so deeply meaningful. Lately I’m reading a lot of blogs and and meeting a lot of interesting people, but there’s only a few that really make my heart do a little dance when I read them. Yours is *definitely* one. The reverb thing is a great idea. I’m going to give it a lot more thought. I’m thinking my word for 2010 is CONNECTION. And for 2011, I’m flirting with TRUST.

    • says

      You’re already doing it Lach, all you have to do is dip your toe in the richness that is #reverb10. I swear, it’s just day 4 and I feel my heart exploding and my life expanding so quickly, it’s breathtaking. Like .. the entire year has been leading up to this/these moment(s).

      Thank you for your continued presence in my online life, you’re fast becoming someone whose insights I value highly and whose support I’m blessed to have. I knew that as soon as I found you on twitter 🙂 Trust is a FANTASTIC theme for the new year btw!

  7. says

    I am usually a silent reader but thought to speak up this moment because your post really resonates! So Ive jumped on board the Reverb10 wagon, and hope to gain a little more insight for myself as well as share with others 🙂
    Next year will definitely be heart over head for me, having quit my professional career to go back to school full time, and use my new spare time to pursue creative community projects. 2010 was Fragmented… 2011 will be Passion.
    Cannot wait!

    • says

      That makes me happier than ANYTHING Kaye, that you decided to comment today. I absolutely love and adore hearing from new like minded souls. So THANK you for this gift!

      Fragmented … that’s kinda been my year too. With each person who shares their word I think — that’s mine too. Just shows how we’re all sailing the same seas & how connected we all are. YEAH for us!

    • says

      Ok, I ran off to read your post and can I just say, I am madly in awe of your honesty and expression. So THANK you now for writing cos I got to read YOUR story and it clean blew me away. Looking forward to your journey & being a part of it!

  8. says

    As usual, your writing exposes your heart and all the beauty you have there, Tia! Often, when I read your posts, I feel like you’re channeling me. 😉

    My word is “vulnerable.” It has several meanings. I have been on the thin edge of financial disaster this year. I have faced things I never thought I’d have to face. I have felt so exposed and raw.

    But at the same time, what has happened this year has encouraged me to be vulnerable in the most powerful sense of the world. I have felt inspired to put myself out there, in all the real, powerful and not so powerful, truth of me. And given that I believe the best thing we can offer the world is our truth, this year has brought a part of me to life that has been dormant for awhile.

    Thanks for prompting me to think about that. 🙂

    • says

      Ande, isn’t it wonderful how birds of a feather blog together? Everything you wrote about in this comment has happened to me too. Everything you’ve felt, I have too. I really don’t have the words to describe how your post has struck my heart with 100% accuracy and truth. Holy wow.. just… wow..

  9. says

    there is such honesty in your words, they sparkle with truth. Savoring each one of them.
    “I discovered the voice within me that wanted to be heard. It scared me.” Getting used to the power of all that we are takes a journey from head to heart. Bravo for getting in touch with this fire in your life. You shine so bright and I love basking in your light. A pleasure and a blessing to meet you through reverb 10.

    • says

      This year could as easily have been called “growth” but then, growth happens all the time and really, it was about letting the light shine. Thank you for the very lovely comment Marjory, and for reminding me that power takes getting used to, that fire warms and sparkles. And that I am shining. Yes, I claim that.

  10. says

    how have i missed this till now? inhaled too much of my special brew magic fairy dust, i suppose. well, i’m here now, thank goodness. tia, this is beautiful. so inspiring and solidly hopeful. it’s honest, like marjory says (isn’t she awesome?) and i love that you are leaning into those hiccups and speed bumps. anxious to see how 2011 unfolds for you, sugar.

    • says

      Gee, if you only knew how much I love magic and fairy dust and sparkles (or maybe you do!) and how it makes me giggle to hear these words Jeanne!

      You’re a genius for picking up on the words “leaning into” which I’ve been doing for the past few weeks, alternately resting and leaning into the lows and riding the vortex. I’d replace anxious with super excited for 2011, woohoO!

      So fab to meet you via reverb – 4 days in & I feel like a lot is falling into place, there’s a reserve of “watch out world” coming into play. Sublime.

  11. says

    Sounds like you’re right on course… who knows where that course will lead, but you’re right on it! I loved this post. It’s full of life, and I bet that means, you are too!

  12. says

    Dang, that’s right Julie. The one thing that’s assured is that the course is always right even if we don’t know where it’s taking us. Thank you!

  13. says

    That entry was really inspiring. The goal of being who you are and letting that bring in the necessities of life is one that resonates with me very strongly.

    • says

      Thank you Wei. I see that you’ve posted today’s prompt already, well done! I’m still working on my community post 🙂 Hope you’ve been enjoying #reverb10

      • says

        As of this morning, I was actually behind. I was too tired yesterday to write for the community prompt. But I made it up this morning, so now I’m back on track. I’ve definitely been enjoying this project, both for self-reflection and for meeting new people.

  14. says

    My word for 2010 is restoration. Many things were restored in my heart and I have God to thank for that. The video you shared is very inspiring Tia. For 2011, I have a vision and I truly believe that doors will open up and this vision will come to fruition. I want this vision to flow and not to be forced. To happen with inspiration and joy.
    So I have 2 words for 2011: Inspirational Flow which describes the type of action that I want to take and the kind of life that I have dreamed of living.
    I love the authenticity and sincerity in your writing.

    • says

      That is SO beautiful Eren! Thank you for sharing your words, I got goosebumps reading your entire post. Seeing your awareness around flow, inspiration and joy makes me so happy! I’m glad we connected and am looking forward to seeing your brilliance and love unfold and manifest into the life of your dreams.

      Have you written about that life btw? About what that dream life looks like? If it’s private, no worries but if you’ve written a post or care to share here, I would LOVE to know & send energy your way! Regardless, here’s more power to you girl! Big hugs xoxo 🙂


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