Blood Will Tell

A single word can guide a year

Instead of coming up with a dozen resolutions for 2015, I decided to have just a single word.

Risk.

Risk turned out to be a great word. It helped nudge me to do some things I wouldn't have normally done, including:
- Attending Urban Escape and Evasion - a slightly crazy three-day class in LA where I learned how to get out of duct tape, rope,and zip ties, how to pick locks, how to pick and shim handcuffs, and how to avoid detection when you are on the run.  All the books I wrote this year have featured handcuffs. Coincidence?  I think not.

- Taking BJJ classes at strange schools where I was ususally the only woman on the floor and older than everyone else by twenty plus years.

- Telling someone I did not know well that I found one of his "funny" (the rest actually were funny) voices offensive.  It swooped up and down and included a lisp and was accompanied by a limp wrist.  The conversation went differently than I expected, but I was so scared to speak up - and so glad i did.

- Complimenting strangers.

- Trying to summit Mt. St. Helens (an active volcano) when my husband's friend couldn't go.  That was the most challenging thing I've ever done. Physically it was exhausting, and mentally I realized I am so AFRAID of heights. We did not summit (although my husband could have).  By the time we finally got off the boulder field (which took hours clambering over extremely steep, sometimes shifting rocks without even a trail), I was on the verge of losing it. But hey, I tried!

- Saying yes to events I was nervous to do - and having the best time.

So what is my word for 2016?

I think it will be:

Flexible

That works for my hips.  That works for my relationships. That works for my approach to my work and my schedule.  (I like schedules a little too much).

What are your resolutions for 2016?
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Letting my actions speak louder than my words, even if my actions involve putting words on paper.