Word Up

January 28th, 2014

Welcome to 2014!!
   How’s your year going so far? We celebrated three Christmases along the East Coast (in NY, VA & NC), went out for New Year’s Eve for the first time since Monkey Boy was born and headed back home just in time for a huge snowstorm.

I’m back in the swing of my normal routine, which includes among lots of other things,  reading social media. I barely went on FB between Christmas and the New Year. Yes!!

Once online again I started reading everyone’s resolutions. Within two days people were already beating themselves up about overeating, not going to the gym, etc.

How are you doing with your resolutions? 36% of people give up on the New Year Resolutions after just thirty days. That’s a disheartening stat, but keep this in mind – resolutions are life changes and life changing habits take time.
Time to implement. Time to see results. Time to fully feel the benefits.
That’s why I’m a big fan of easing into it. Don’t jump in head first. Make a plan, gather everything you need, schedule it on your calendar and give yourself a big pep talk before you begin. Here’s more tips on the subject..
I’ve started a new tradition this year. It simple, clear AND doesn’t require much prep or a  plan.

I chose a word of 2014

It’s kind of like the Academy Award’s Picture of the Year minus the gold statue. It can be in lieu of a resolution or in addition to.

One little life changing word.
One word to focus on throughout the year.

How To Choose “THE WORD”
OK, I was stumped at first.
I mean the word has to be good, right? It’s representing my entire year, afterall. I didn’t want to get bored with it after a few months or stress about picking the wrong one.
The process brought me back to my mid-twenties. I really wanted a tattoo. Something small and meaningful that represented all that I was. I started looking at pictures and sketches then decided a symbol or word would be best. I drew Chinese symbols and words on my hip (THE spot – or so I thought) but in the end I couldn’t find that perfect little thing that I was searching for. Thank goodness since me & my hips are very different now!

I soon chilled out and realized this is not complicated. It’s one word. It does not represent all that I am or want to be or achieve.

I went to bed, woke up the next morning and BAM! There it was. It rolled off my tongue.

Lighthearted, light on my feet, enlightened, luminous, shining through.
You’ve Got Your Word – Now What?

Write it down and place it somewhere you can see it. Put on pretty paper, make a vision board for your word, paint it, sew it on a pillow. Seriously. You can do anything you want but put it somewhere visible.Throughout your day just remember your word. Give it a thought for a second or two. That’s it. See how your word manifests itself throughout 2014. Fun!! 


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