For the past 3 years I’ve chosen a single focus word for the year. In 2012 it was Courageous. In 2013 it was Courage – and then Create; and finally in 2014 it was Risk. Each year, I start off with big plans for my words, and so far, each year when I set down to write these wrap-up posts, I feel like I have done the words a disservice. I feel like I’ve ignored them for the most part, and I get an overwhelming sense that I haven’t used them to their full potential. Even so, as I write the wrap-up, I find that the focus words have had more of an impact that I initially realized. 2014 is no exception.
Back in January, I was so excited for “risk” and the opportunities it promised. I was ready to make positive steps forward, I had forgiven and was so ready to make bold moves. And for a while, I did. I experimented with my clothing, finding new combinations that really worked for me. I wrote more, and I wrote less – and I found a writing plan that I’m excited to implement. And still, I feel as if I could have risked so much more.
But, at the same time, as I take a step back – and take a deep breath, I find that in many small ways I did risk more than expected. Over the past couple of months I’ve been very stressed on both a personal and professional level – and I’ve taken an unplanned step back from writing here, which is a risk in and of itself. The break, which I feel is a result of feeling personally drained, has, if nothing else, given me perspective and allowed me to see that even when I’m not up to writing as often, I don’t actually want this space to disappear. And so, as I say bye to this word, I’ll take one final risk – and just write. I’ll write through the good and the bad; the ups and downs; and in the end, that will be the greatest risk I can take – the risk of being open. Open with my words and open with myself.
How have you seen your One Little Word for 2014 take shape? Do you have plans for a focus-word in 2015?