Despite a war in the Middle East and a global financial crisis, I can only look back at 2008 with gratitude.Â It was in March 2008 that my life was completely transformed with the birth of my daughter.Â Â Itâ€™s hard to think of my life before her. She is my greatest teacher.
This past year had a lot of firsts for me.Â Of course, I gave birth to my daughter, but I also launched a blog. Big Island Chronicle, like my daughter, is very much in the infancy stages, but bound for greatness.
As for 2009, the other day I was at my friendâ€™s house jotting down my list of new yearâ€™s resolutions, â€œmother more, love more, surf more, blog more, garden moreâ€¦â€ My friend reminded me of the kumu we share, Dr. Manu Meyer, and how she approaches the new year.Â Pick a word.Â Pick the first word that pops in your head when someone says, â€œpick a word.â€Â My friend picked â€œsecurity.â€Â I picked â€œcreativity.â€Â I think that accurately describes what I want to accomplish in 2009.
Whatâ€™s your word?Â Just remember, the first word that comes to you is the one.Â Â