Embracing My Word for the Year.

The New Year has already arrived, and I’ve been waffling on my WORD OF THE YEAR – ┬áthe one word which will sum up my focus for the year.

One word.

Choosing one word has proven to be difficult for me. I am a list-maker kind of gal, so even though KEEPING resolutions often proves to be a struggle, making them is generally a no-brainer. It doesn’t help that I’m easily distracted these days, particularly by the FacePlace, the Twiddle and the interwebz in general and by shiny things – enough so that for a short time, I thought my word should be “Focus”.

And then I got distracted by December.

Still, with everything going on, December turned out to be quite a month of introspection, and I think I’ve realized my biggest mistake in 2013:

I’ve been looking, waiting for things to get back to status quo. To settle down to my old routines. To find friendships like a had before I moved to the UK, or like I had while in the UK. To find the familiar amid everything that feels so…different now.

But it’s not before.

I’m not the same person.

Instead of regretting all the differences, I need to embrace the changes. I need to embrace the NEW.

I like the idea of embrace, both verb and noun. To hold, like a hug, with affection. To accept or support (an idea, challenge, change) willingly and enthusiastically. Or the act of doing either.

Embracing change.

Embracing challenges and the unknown.

Embracing my children, family and friends for who they are.

Embracing a calmer, gentler me.

Embracing my voice in writing and refining it, instead of trying to be something I’m not.

Embracing a more positive outlook and the strength within me – along with my faults and weaknesses, without apology.

Embracing a healthier lifestyle (’cause there is too much to hug on me right now).

Embracing better habits and *gulp* organization.

I mean, who doesn’t need a hug every now and then?

2014, I embrace you.


Whoever wants to embrace life and see the day fill up with good, Here’s what you do:

Say nothing evil or hurtful; Snub evil and cultivate good; run after peace for all you’re worth.

1 Peter 3:10-11


Happy New Year, everyone. Did you choose a word or make resolutions this year? I’d love to hear about yours!!!!


  1. Janet Suarez Ameday says

    I embrace you and all of your hopes and wishes for a great 2014.

  2. Thom Higgins says

    I guess my ord is impossible. If Alice can imagine 6 impossible things before breakfast then I can do 6 impossible things before December. I am a list maker also, every year I am successful with some resolutions. But there are others that are on the list every year without much progress. Each is an attainable goal, but seems impossible due to past failure. Imagining has been easy. The planning has been done. Now to follow through and embrace the experience.

    • absolutely. If I were to make a list, which I am doing, it will have many repeats of last years, but this year, I HAVE to hit them.
      #1 is weight loss, because I think this cough/asthma/reflux/whatever they come up with next is a result of weight gain.
      And I’m with you on the 6 impossible things. We have that quote hanging on the wall outside the kids’ rooms as a positive reminder! (But wasn’t that the Queen of Hearts?”

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