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My One Word For 2010: Prosperous

Every year, Ali Edwards, a blogger I follow, talks about the practice of choosing one word.

Something I’ve learned about the one word game is that the word has to be the kind of word that will set me back on track, if I start to stray.

I was going to choose the word “amaze” for 2010. There are so many new things that I want to test and try and play with and I thought if I chose “amaze” it would remind me to inspire myself and others.

But on second thought, I’m choosing “prosperous.” Yesterday I purchased the URL for theprosperouswriter.com and redirected it back to this blog.

Yesterday the first issue of The Prosperous Writer went out to thousands of subscribers and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.

What does prosperous mean?

According to Webster, prosperous means favorable, marked by success or economic well-being, enjoying vigorous and healthy growth, flourishing.

Vigorous and healthy growth to the point of flourishing over and over…now when I talk about a prosperous writer, that’s what I’m talking about.

This year, I’m going to introduce you to writers I’ve worked with who fit this description, each in their own unique way.

If you’d like to work with me, I’ve got two classes starting on January 13th: Writing & Publishing the Short Stuff and Turn Your Specialty Into Course Curriculum. And I’m looking for prosperous writers, who want to dig in and get growing.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Happy weekend!

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  • Mary Jo Campbell January 2, 2010, 11:24 pm

    Christina: I'm SO excited bout your new vision for 2010. My one word for 2010 is CLARITY. My goal is to take stock in what makes me come alive and narrow my focus and my energy so that I'm channeling in the right direction – not spewing energy and time in a spoke-like fashion. Funny how creative minds think alike. I feel your message is in line with Clarity, too! And Chris Brogan's latest newsletter is also about narrowing focus. Here's to rocking this new year!

  • Dawn Herring January 3, 2010, 1:24 am

    Like all the changes you've implemented, Christina! My one word for 2010 is REFRESH. My goal is to remind folks to refresh themselves every day with healthy spiritual, mental, and emotional practices that will keep them motivated and happy every day.
    Love your new Prosperous Writer Newsletter; it's fresh and vibrant. I'll look forward to the weekly updates and blog posts.
    A wonderful, productive New Year in 2010!

  • christinakatz January 3, 2010, 3:32 pm

    Good luck, Mary Jo. I basically spent a year considering all of those things you just mentioned. Hopefully, you can cut to the chase a lot faster. Just go for it! And happy 2010!

  • christinakatz January 3, 2010, 3:33 pm

    Thanks so much for your kind words, Dawn. Happy 2010!

  • Soni January 3, 2010, 5:26 pm

    Hi Christina…3 of my Facebook friends and I have been posting “one word” on each other's pages…a word that we feel best describes the other. It's been an experience.
    My word for this year is, FLOURISH…

    Hope your New Year brings all good things to you and yours 🙂 Sonja

  • justjaymied January 4, 2010, 4:52 pm

    Great word choice. I chose “savor” – I want to do a better job of living in the moment and savoring moments rather than being 16 steps ahead of myself all the time.

  • Jenn Baljko January 11, 2010, 9:47 am

    Christina – Congrats on The Prosperous Writer and the new direction you're taking. Your philosophy of working sanely, steadily, and with self-respect resonates deeply. For 2010, I've chosen the word 'focus.' I've decided that while multi-tasking is sometimes essential, it doesn't always help me produce the caliber of work I'd like to put my name on. So, here's to ditching my short attention span and dedicating time to do what I love. Wishing you much success.

  • christinakatz January 11, 2010, 12:58 pm

    Thanks, Jenn. Nice to hear from you. May we be focused together.