Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The WORD(s) for 2014

I have to be honest.  I have been struggling a bit.  I am not sure why, but I feel really stalled in the launch of this new year.  Could it be that I loved 2013 so much that 2014 has left me sitting on the side of the pool just swinging my legs and not jumping in?

I have heard the excuses in my head ... the January birthdays, not feeling 100% healthy and good, waiting for the school routine to settle back in, feeling in limbo of the seasons .... hearing myself saying "I will start that, I will do that, I will try that"....  but when?!

When I thought of resolutions--all that came to mind were things that I am not happy about--about MYSELF.  Even though I know that in order to really be resolutions--you have to put a positive spin on it--you have to have that burst of motivation---that hardy slap on the back to get moving-- (or that kick in the pants!)  .... and all I could come up with is what I don't like about myself right now.... ( "I have gained weight, I am tired, I need to let go of some things I thought I wanted ... I will never be.....").  

Oh those negative audio reels that repeat in our heads.... not the fodder to create a good set of resolutions.

So then came choosing the WORD for 2014.  Last year it came easy--my word was COURAGE ...  and I sat with my lap-top and sobbed out that post just more than a year ago--let out the worry--and the pain--dusted off my rear and got up and went looking for courage.... and found it.  


That word served me well.  It made 2013 the best year of my life.  
BEST year of my life.

So for 2014?  Hard act to follow.  I have been praying about it--because I think it is important. I feel challenged on having focus for this new year.  I have been thanking God over and over for last year--and asking him to give me some work for this one.  Work--- a job.  Not a job-job--but work for Him.... and I know he will--as long as I keep asking... and I plan to.

So back to the word thing.  It was easier to come up with the anti-words..... Here are the words that are NOT for 2014 ....

 See the big one?  Out with that very, very, very bad word COMPARE.  It sucks the life out of ... life.  Compare is the joy-killer.  I promise you -- if you banish that one-- you are well on your way to having the best life ever -- because it's YOURS and not someone else's. That word is my biggest challenge--sometimes followed closely by the other one--ENVY.  Ick.  Bad.  Walk away.

Okay--on to the GOOD ones ....

And now you can see the one that I have chosen for this year --- 

EMBRACE.  Embrace what?! 

 ....  e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g.   

Those days when it all goes wrong--when I am hit with a huge challenge, rejection, discouragement, things don't happen the way they should--or simply that the dog pees on the floor, the three year old runs over my hurt toe with her scooter, or I sound like a crazy idiot attempting to speak French at the market -- or I simply cannot get that mile long to-do list done ....

Embrace.  Bear-hug it.  Accept less than perfect--not so great--not fair--undeserved...

That's my word for 2014.  Goes well with letting it roll, accepting, releasing, forgiving ....... the close runner's up in this 'contest'.

What is your word or phrase for this fabulous year?  Was it hard to chose? 

 I would love to hear about it!

Hope your week is going well.  Be back soon!


  1. I too had an incredible 2013- and am letting myself believe that this one can be just as good, if not better! This year my word is "adventure"- the most frivolous word I have chosen to date. But- the deal is- "adventure without stressing about it" as in, embracing all parts of the adventure- even the parts that would have normally deterred me. This year I am going to be a free-spirit, a boho - and I am going to adventure my way through 2014!!

  2. Beautiful post and word. I'm sure it will serve you well. And YES to the word compare. It DOES suck the life out of life. The key is to love what we do for who we are and the abilities we are given. Xo

  3. LOVE your word ... Embrace every beautiful thing around you ... You... your family ... your beautiful home ... your talents in the kitchen ... your beautiful shop ... the list from my view goes on and on!! :) You are such a beauty in so many ways ... Embrace that and trust that!!! Xoxo - liz

    Last year my word was Grateful!! I really loved that word!! This year it is Focus - which I think I need :)

  4. Embrace is sooo perfect! It's like pulling every situation in and making the best of it….making it feel special! I am quite agreeing with you….it's hard getting into 2014! My oldest is turning 15 tomorrow too! That's crazy! (because I think our birthdays were almost the same …yes?)…..and then I have my husbands on the 24th….they do sneak up! I think February will be here befre we know it, and we will have no choice but to "embrace" the new year and move on! xo

  5. I have never been one to pick a word for the year. As a matter of fact I never heard of doing that until last year. However, this year during one of my quiet times with God, I found my mind wandering to that topic - a word for the year. The more I thought, the more I thought of the word "Steadfast". It's not a word we use often, but I like the sound of it - firm, strong, resilient - STEADFAST! When everything and everyone around me (or around the world) changes, there is One who remains steadfast - Jesus Christ. I want my life this year to be more a reflection of Him and His steadfast love for me, for all of humanity. My life seems to have gotten a little more challenging over the last couple of years, but He has remained steadfast. I cling to that word, even without realizing it. I hope to more this year.

  6. I confess, I'm okay with letting 2013 quietly slip out the back door. My word for 2014 is SIMPLIFY/SIMPLICITY where life is concerned, where need/vs. want is concerned, simply being happy with what we have rather than searching for more. It may be a challenge but I'm kind of excited and I'm reminding myself of its merits each and every day. Embrace is good, I might save that one for next year.

  7. My word(s) for 2014: Lighten-up and Simplify! Embrace is a great word. I'm ready to just relax and enjoy the ride called LIFE. That also means letting go of "compare", too.

  8. After reading this post my immediate response was "I can't believe she's experiencing thing"...I described my motionlessness in my post "What Now...BlueFarmhouse" as like a deer in headlights...FROZEN! But I must say that I feel my "mo-jo" returning and the word that I choose to embrace is "GROW Rita GROW!



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