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.
Powerful.

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.

LIGHT
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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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