Friday, January 11, 2013

Focusing on Life - 2 of 52

Last week, I wrote about my word for 2013.  I didn't mention that what I posted was an abbreviated version of what I originally wrote.

Luckily, Sally's second prompt for her focusing on life challenge is our "word" for 2013.  This means I get a chance to elaborate (and hopefully not bore you too much).

I don't like New Year resolutions.  By February or March, resolutions are forgotten.  I think this happens (for me, at least) because the desire to change doesn't always bring with it the will to act.


My word for 2013 is WILL.  Where there is a will, there is a way.

I think of an old boxer, down for the count, who wills himself up to continue the fight against the odds.  That's the kind of will I want for the year -- the will to keep fighting.  In my case, this is somewhat literal in that I will be sparring during my black belt test and it scares the hell out of me.


I envisioned an old photo: boxing gloves and handwraps tossed on the ground.  My sparring gloves are not all that close to boxing gloves, but that's okay because my belt isn't really a handwrap.  :)

The effect is similar, though, and I love the reminder it gives me.

Sally, thanks again for another fun photo week.  Please check Sally's blog, the Studio Sublime, and see how the other participants put their words for the year into photos.

36 comments:

  1. Isn't it amazing...the same human body can create some of the most beautiful and delicate jewelry I have laid eyes on (yours) can perform the most arduous of physical tasks??! I only know you from your blog-we have never met. But in a weird way, I am so PROUD of you!!! You WILL succeed!! Enjoy the moment!

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  2. Enjoyed seeing you exercise your WILL! Great motivational photo!

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  3. Your word is very similar to mine ... pushing that inner strength to keep going.

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  4. What a great way to tell the story of your word, and your photo is just perfect for this journey. Best of luck with your blackbelt test.

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  5. You WILL get that black belt! You've already shown so much will in getting as far as you have in the martial arts. And good luck!

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  6. Love your word, Tanya, and the picture too - I am sure the work you put behind that 'will' will make it happen! Good luck - I have started taking exams too (music) after so many years, and while they are nerve-racking, they're fun in a special way. Enjoy!

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  7. By hook or by crook, babeh!
    Love the photo!

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  8. Great word and a great photo!!
    Keep us up to date with your progress...
    I'm no. 21 on the list btw :)

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  9. Good luck with your test! You can do it. I love your word - very purposeful. This will be a great year.

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  10. Great word, good luck with your black belt!!! It is great getting to know this wonderful group better.

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  11. How often do we talk about a person's "will". Our inner strength. You will shine!

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  12. Well done. Great photos and concept in the word "will." My father always quoted Thomas Edison _ Genius is 99% hard work and 1% inspiration." A saying I have always found comforting and encouraging.
    I just checked the quote and see that correctly it is
    Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
    So I think will is the perspiration part and it would guide us all well.

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  13. Beautiful photos! I especially like your word since that is the name of one of my dear nephews.

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  14. Wow. You Will do this! Awesome analogy, too - I love your word for the year!!

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  15. Great word! Best of luck on achieving your black belt status-you certainly have the will to do so!

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  16. "...the desire to change doesn't always bring with it the will to act." I love this. Perfect. Your photo is perfectly fitting for this, and I love the boxer analogy. Good luck with your test!

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  17. Love your photo and how it depicts your will to get your black belt! Good luck with your black belt test!

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  18. love the picture and your word. You CAN get your black belt!!!

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  19. Fantastic word, "will" and your photo represents it so well! I know that you WILL do a FANTASTIC job! Good luck on your sparing to achieve your black belt!

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  20. Excellent photographic representation of your word. I like the way you think.

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  21. Beautifully presented - I love how the only real color in your photo is the brown of your current belt. And good luck on your test - I can only imagine the mix of emotions that must be running through you at the thought!

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  22. Hi Tanya,
    Love your word choice. You WILL do just fine with your black belt testing, but I do know just what you mean about not liking the sparing part, that was never my favorite part of Karate either. Congratulations on sticking in there this far and best wishes on your testing.
    Therese

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  23. There's a whole lot of will power in that photo!

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  24. A fantastic word! Good luck with your black belt test!

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  25. I do like this word and love how you photographed it! Wishing you the best of luck with the sparring for your black belt!

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  26. Oh wow, love the feeling of grit in this photo. Your will is coming through loud and clear. I don't think you need my luck wishing - you got this. I look forward to congratulating you!

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  27. Great word-so much strength in a four little letters, one syllable word. Those are really fantastic photos too. The one with your gloves and belt has such elegance. Good luck in getting your black belt:)

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  28. Tanya, you strike me as someone who has all sorts of WILL! But here's to even more in 2013! You truly are an inspiration and I know your Black belt is within your reach!

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  29. Fantastic photo! A strong word for a strong woman ... you will succeed!

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  30. Awesome word and phrase for the year! I often say that too! :-)

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  31. This WILL be a great year, won't it Miss Tanya? I wish you joy in the journey this year! Enjoy the day. Erin

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  32. Can't wait to celebrate your black belt, because I know you WILL earn it! Love the photo.

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  33. Let hell get scared to see your WILL power Tanya! Wish you success!

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  34. Awesome word and photo, Tanya! You are such a strong and inspiring person!

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  35. Great word and a very powerful translation and visualization of it! best of luck with your test!

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