Saturday, January 5, 2013

One Word 2013
Forget New Year’s Resolutions. Scrap that long list of goals you won’t remember three weeks from now anyway. Choose just one word.
One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live. One word that you can focus on every day, all year long.
It will take intentionality and commitment, but if you let it, your word will shape you and your year. It will guide your decisions and help you grow.
Discover the big impact one word can make.
One word. 
365 days. 
A changed life.
I'm really excited about this idea!  I've always been a big believer in New Year's resolutions.  Sometimes that's been a good thing and an awesome motivator and sometimes it's been a huge source of guilt throughout the year and regret at the end of it.  This year feels like it's calling for something different.  I've seen this ONE WORD thing everywhere lately!  Isn't it funny how things just appear in your line of sight when you need them?  (There are no coincidences.)  I'm feeling like this is a good year to do something different.  Instead of a long list of superficial changes I want to make, I'm going for something more lasting and significant.  Initially when I thought about having ONE WORD for the year, the word that came to my mind was GRATITUDE.  I love this word.  It's been a huge part of the way I think and the things I do lately, so I thought I'd make it a year long quest.  I even took Melanie at Only A Breath up on her offer to make me a personalized blog button with my ONE WORD on it...

Only A Breath
And then the craziest thing happened...

I've been feeling restless for the last few days.  It's not unusual for me to feel restless.  And in the past I've usually found something insignificant to throw myself into to temporarily remedy the restlessness (like cleaning out a closet or volunteering for the PTA.)  But I happened to include this restlessness in a recent prayer.  I prayed mightily for awhile and then I jumped up to get back into life and on with my day.  And then about halfway into my morning routine, I realized that I had just had the most ridiculous, inconsiderate, one-sided conversation with Heavenly Father.  I had poured out all of my weaknesses and concerns, and asked for His help and guidance, and then promptly ended the conversation and ran out of the room without even stopping to listen for any of the advice I so desperately needed.  As soon as I realized what I had done, I went back into my room, shut the door, got back on my knees and listened.

I won't go into all the details of what I heard and what it all meant, but I did come away from that prayer with a totally different ONE WORD than I had before.  

So I emailed Melanie again today and asked her to make me a new blog button...
My word for 2013 is LAUNCH.  I'm so excited about this word and the possibilities it brings with it.  I'm excited for a new plan, a new year, new hope, and endless opportunities.   I look forward to finding ways that this word will influence the days and months ahead.  What an amazing year it's going to be!  


  1. I love this - and I love the idea of having "launch" as your word for 2013. I can't wait to see where it takes you! It was inspired, so I'm sure it's going to be amazing. :)

  2. P.S. I nominated you for the Liebster Award! The post is here []

    1. OK I answered my 11 questions and nominated my Liebsters. So much fun!! Thanks again. <3

  3. That IS a fabulous word. I am excited to see where it takes you this year.