Reflections on My One Little Word for 2013


My One Little Word for 2013 was Courage; but to be honest, a few months ago, I decided to ditch switch it.

Back in January, the thought of letting go of “courageous” (My word for 2012) and grabbing hold of a new word to focus on was terrifying, and wayyy outside my comfort zone. I wasn’t ready to move on, and a new word wasn’t jumping out at me (not like I expected it to, anyway).

But as the year wore on, and I looked at my goals each month, “courage” just wasn’t resonating with me. It didn’t excite me, it didn’t challenge me, and honestly, it sort of bored me. At the same time, I found myself mulling over a new word – a word I debated “saving” for 2014 – a word I’d had in the back of my mind since February.

In 2012, and even early 2013, I needed courage. I needed to be courageous. I needed to take my new found self and explore who that person is. I needed to be brave and live for me, make my own decisions, and realize that my happiness is my choice alone.

But, this year, I also needed to push past courage, embrace change, and embody a new word. I needed to make time for myself, build this space of mine into something that more closely resembles the dream that lives in my head, and shape my daily choices into healthy habits. In short, I needed to create.

And, as it turns out, I did create.

I created dreams and turned some dreams into goals.

I created chances for growth.

I created space for breathing.

Most importantly, I created memories.

So, maybe these “little words” for a year aren’t as set in stone and they seem to be – maybe a year is a fluid thing, meaning something different for everyone. Maybe we all create our own timeframe, our own words, our own rules.

Right now, I’m not sure if I’ll carry create over into 2014 – I have a feeling I won’t – but even if I don’t “find” my one little word by New Year’s Day, I’m going to be okay with that. The world won’t end because I don’t have a focus-word. And there’s no set-in-stone law that I have to abide by with regard to that word.

If I learned one thing from my words this year, it’s this: Both Courage and Creativity need room to breathe and time to develop. They both come in a little at a time. They are both simultaneously quiet and loud – and they often depend upon each other. So no matter what comes on January 1, 2014, I know that 2013 and my two little words have served me well.

What was your word for 2013? Do you feel like it was impactful? Looking back, would you change it? Have you picked a new word yet?

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