One Little Word for 2013

Each year since 2010, I forego making the traditional New Year’s Resolutions in favor of choosing my ‘word’ for the year. Ali Edwards turned me on to this idea way back when and since then it’s become my New Year’s tradition. Pick a word, do it, live it. Sounds simple, right? Not always.

In 2010 my word was True. I had gone through a lot of life changes and needed to see and do things a little bit differently in my life. I needed to be ‘true’ to myself. And so I was.

In 2011 my word was Focus. Stay focused, stop taking on more than I can chew, focus on what’s important. And focus52 was born! And then life threw me a few nasty curveballs in the form of The Big C, and staying focused took on a whole new meaning.

In 2012 my word was Strong. Obvious reasons there. And I was. I AM.

This year, 2013, I choose the word SHINE.


A whole lot of words jumbled up in there, and each one means something special to me. Designing this little poster today was calming, yet purposeful. It’s a  glimpse of the woman I strive to be. Have you chosen a word for yourself this year? I’d love to hear it.



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  • Olivia
    Posted at 19:26h, 02 January Reply

    My word this year is DREAM. I am on a journey to make some dreams of mine realities. I’m not sure where this journey will take me, but I have other women who are traveling with me.

    • janice
      Posted at 13:00h, 04 January Reply

      Terrific word for the year! We are nothing without dreams, no? :)

  • Kathleen
    Posted at 20:50h, 02 January Reply

    This is my third year for OLW. Each year, my word changed my life in ways I never expected. This year, my word is ALIVE.

  • Gina N.
    Posted at 00:10h, 03 January Reply

    This is the first time I’m choosing my word and it’s TRY. I want to try as many things as possible!

    • Michelee Scott
      Posted at 10:09h, 04 January Reply

      PEACEFUL…so much of my life has been taken up with running after something or away from something. I’m tired and hope to find a place in my heart and mind where I can feel peaceful. I also abhor conflict so this word has meaning in that regard for me as well…. Here’s to hoping we all carry our words with us daily and with success!

      • janice
        Posted at 13:02h, 04 January Reply

        Michelee – Ah yes, I could use some of that myself!

    • janice
      Posted at 13:01h, 04 January Reply

      A great way to start the year, Gina!

  • Kristen
    Posted at 20:57h, 03 January Reply

    Oh I love your word and your picture on the door – love it!
    My word is Simplify!

    • janice
      Posted at 13:03h, 04 January Reply

      oooh I love that word! I’ve been doing a lot of simplifying this past year and it’s such a good feeling.

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