one little word 2013

one little word 2013

I can hardly believe it’s 2013 already! It’s a shocker but to be honest I am glad. 2012 got pretty ugly at times for me. So many wonderful things happened in 2012 but when I look back as a whole I feel like this past year has done a number on me and to be frank I am ready for a new year.  On the up side I’ve spent the last days of 2012 with close friends and family and have had some spare time to contemplate the pending year and what I want it to be. I felt like last year I was sort of in victim mode, just trying to survive the daily on-slot of responsibilities, tasks and trials and so for 2013 I’ve made a decision to be on the offensive side for a change. I plan to attack this new year instead of letting it attack me. I think one of the reasons last year was a never ending struggle was because I didn’t set any resolutions or goals. I pretty much spent last year bumping around in life with no direction, just hoping I wouldn’t fall off any cliffs or crash into anything tragic. My mentality last year was that if I didn’t set any goals I wouldn’t feel like a failure for not achieving them but instead I ended the year feeling defeated anyways. This year I intend to be overly ambitions and to set big goals and little goals, physical goals and emotional goals, superficial goals and life changing goals… I know that the chances of me conquering every single goal I set is minute but I also know if you reach for the stars you won’t end up with a hand full of mud. In other words, I’ll be setting lot’s of goals but instead of punishing myself for the goals that fall off my plate I will be celebrating my growth and progress from trying to achieve those goals. So there 2013!

img by Bryn Hobson

 

I spent this past weekend with some very special friends of mine who introduced me to the One Little Word challenge by Ali Edwards. I love how Ali defines the purpose of your One Little Word (OLW), she says “You live with it. You invite it into you life. You let it speak to you. You might even follow where it leads. There are so many possibilities.” Since I just found out about this OLW business I didn’t have time for a word to find me so I spent 2 days thinking about which word I wanted to be my theme for 2013.  The word I chose for 2013 is “LOVELY”. The definition of lovely is: 1.  having a beauty that appeals to the heart or mind as well as to the eye, as a person or face. 2. of a great moral or spiritual beauty. In my life (especially this past year) I’ve witnessed and heard some ugly things, depressing things, and angry things with no exception to the Connecticut shooting. It seems that in order to adapt to the rapidly hardening world people in general have become more rough around the edges and hard in their hearts. It’s become the norm to expect the worst in people instead of acknowledging the good in them. I cannot deny that there is darkness and ugliness in the world and that it threatens our families and friends daily. It creeps into our hearts and it distracts us from the beauty all around us and the loveliness within each of us. I am compelled to think of the phrase “be the change you want to see”. I find myself bitter and resentful for the lack of  kindness, selflessness, and old fashion consideration on the planet, but how can I be if I am not exerting every effort to balance the forces of evil (yah, I just say that?).  And thus, “LOVELY” has become my word to remind me to do the following:

– say and feel lovely things towards people
– invite myself and those around me to participate in lovely acts of service and charity
– block out those around me with ugliness in their hearts
– inspire lovely thoughts in those who know or meet me
– cultivate a lovely feeling in my home and workspace
– instil lovely manners in my children
– generate lovely emotions and tenderness in my marriage
– target the lovely qualities that God has instilled in me and use them to fulfill his will
– fortify my heart and self esteem against things and people who might wish to exploit doubt, negativity or faulty thoughts

As I read over this list I am anxious for the new year to begin. I am ready to begin my intervention on the world around me and to start infusing life with whatever loveliness I can muster up.

So for my first 2013 goal I am taking Ali’s One Little Word online workshop to keep “LOVELY” in the forefront of my mind all year long. Today is the last day to sign up for this workshop so if you are at all interested in joining the challenge you better pop on over and sign up stat! I would love to know who else is taking this challenge and what your OLW’s are, maybe we can inspire and motivate one another?

img by Ali Edwards

 

As another reminder of my OLW I made this leather cuff with the friends who introduce me to this challenge. I love the simplicity of this cuff and I am sure you will be seeing it in a lot of my #WIW posts. You should totally go check out the cuffs @houseofsmiths, @rhonnafarrer, @justagirl and @jamiesoucy made. LOVE!

 

I also went online and found a bunch of prints I want to hang around in my home and studio as additional visual reminders. I love me some LOVELY artwork!

img from Lindsay Letters

 

img from My Nest on Etsy

 

img from Tuesday Morning on Etsy

 

img from Making It Lovely

 

img by Bespoke Letterpress


18 Comments

  1. Brittany Tashjian - December 31, 2012

    I love this and LOVE you! I may be moving in a few short weeks but you have made my experience this past year SO much better! You chose a perfect word and I am definitley going to be thinking of a word for me now :) LOVE YOU GIRL!!! 2013 will be amazing!

  2. tahnie - December 31, 2012

    hugs, hugs, and more hugs. 2012 was a roller coaster for me too! a lot of pain and heartache, but i’m eager to let it go and take the lessons with me! your beautiful words reminded me of one of my favorite quotes, “above all, be the heroine of your life and not the victim.” {nora ephron}

    xoxo.

  3. Lindsey - December 31, 2012

    I love, love this :) Love your word and love how you were able to articulate my feelings on the current state of our world. Thank you for providing me with a renewed, optimistic perspective. I’ve chosen the word grace.

  4. Jessica - December 31, 2012

    Hi! I just signed up, thanks to you! I’ve wanted to do this for years, and this is THE year! Hopefully my word will come to me quickly!

  5. Katherine - December 31, 2012

    My word is “grace” because after a tough year I want to live my life with it no matter what the circumstances. It also means moral strength, mercy and favour by God.
    I also like that it means elegance or beauty in form or manner. I signed up for the challenge. Like you I feel I need to focus and make 2013 a great year. Can’t wait to hear about your “lovely” year.

  6. Emily - January 1, 2013

    I just stumbled upon the One Little Word concept a few days ago and am excited to join the class! I choose FAITH as my word for 2013. Faith in Hods timing, taking leaps of faith,…excited to see what this year will bring!

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  8. Lori - January 2, 2013

    Thank you sooo much for this post. My husband and I have been feeling the same way. Instead of being excited and looking forward to 2013 we have been feeling like we are fighting a loosing battle. There is so much evil in the world. We are both trying to snap out of it and be hopeful for the future. 2012 was a tough year in so many ways. I am going to share your post with my husband as I think you were eloquent. I wish you luck in the new year.

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  10. Shelley - January 3, 2013

    Seriously? Why am I lucky enough to call you a friend!? And a BEST friend at that! You are so amazingly talented AND lovely in so many ways.
    I’m so happy that you’re my friend and I feel blessed to know you.
    xoxo
    Can’t wait to see you again soon!

  11. katie - January 8, 2013

    I’ve been trying to figure out my own word and Lovely might just fit the bill! I’ve wanted a word that includes/defines “being kind, being a light, shining, smiling, encouraging” and the way you describe and define Lovely, well, I just love it. Here’s to a better and more LOVELY 2013!

  12. Mama Mimi - January 8, 2013

    I think “lovely” is a wonderful (wow – “isn’t she lovely” just came on Pandora as I am typing….so serious =) choice and you inspired me to choose one little word for myself as well: CREATE!
    http://thisdomesticateddiva.blogspot.com/2013/01/resolutions-2013.html

  13. Debi - January 14, 2013

    Becki lovely describes you. I did the same thing last year and it left me feeling, defeated and like I wasted the year. The word I’m thinking about is simplify you know me and probably get why, but the words you and your friend have chosen. Have so much meaning and are so beautiful it might take me the whole year to choose. Oh can I just say Becki I know you and what you did last year, and just like my other girls you did more than is humanly possible. I wish I could do one tenth as much. I can’t wait to see what you do this year to bless other lives. You bless mine every day.

  14. Wendy - January 20, 2013

    Fabulous word … my word for 2013 is Refine.

  15. Bridget - March 4, 2013

    I love this! So very inspiring and just what I needed!

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