I’ve talked about The Happiness Project for a few years now. I find Gretchen always gets me thinking. Like Happiness resolution: Choose a one-word theme for the new year.

Wow. A one word theme for the year. Interesting. So I’ve been mulling it over. Wondering what word could really make a difference in what I do. I’ve been thinking living life rather than just getting through it one day at a time.

I started thinking about what holds me back. From losing weight. From getting out and doing things. From dancing and singing my way through life. And it’s fear. Fear of what, who knows? Maybe everything.

So, my word for 2011? FEARLESS.

I’m following Gretchen’s lead and starting in January, my challenge is to figure out what to do differently, according to my word. I am going to make FEARLESS my mantra. Instead of making specific resolutions, I will use it to look at everything I do with new eyes.

To me, “FEARLESS” is not the absence of fear. It’s not being completely unafraid. To me, FEARLESS is having fears. FEARLESS is having doubts. Lots of them. To me, FEARLESS is living in spite of those things that scare you to death. FEARLESS is falling madly in love again, even though you’ve been hurt before. FEARLESS is getting back up and fighting for what you want over and over again…even though every time you’ve tried before, you’ve lost. It’s FEARLESS to have faith that someday things will change. FEARLESS is having the courage to say goodbye to someone who only hurts you, even if you can’t breathe without them. I think loving someone despite what people think is FEARLESS. I think allowing yourself to cry on the bathroom floor is FEARLESS.  Letting go is FEARLESS. Then, moving on and being alright…That’s FEARLESS too. 

~ Taylor Swift