Have you heard of the concept of adopting a “word of the year?” In a nutshell, this is a word that you choose to guide you throughout the new calendar year. Some people have started taking this approach rather than putting together a list of resolutions.
The first time I heard of this was through my friend The Magic Brush Jennifer’s 2012 blog post, which led me to Miss Mustard Seed, which led me to The Lettered Cottage. Then I did a Google search on “word of the year,” and it quickly became obvious that I had been living in a hole. This concept is all over the place!
Even though I’m late blogging about this (you’re shocked, right?), I rolled it around in my brain for several days and chose my word during the first week of January. My word of the year is… drumroll please… Now I’m totally thinking of Clark Griswold standing in his front yard getting ready to plug in the 25,000 imported Italian twinkle lights, but I digress…
My word for 2013 is REACH.
I found the following paraphrased definitions for the word REACH:
1) To stretch out or put forth (a body part); to touch or grasp by stretching out or extending; 2) To arrive at, to attain; 3) To succeed in getting in contact with or communicating with; 4) To succeed in having an effect on.
I intend for my Word of the Year for 2013 to inspire me to:
- Reach out to others – friends, family, those who have a need
- Reach goals – family, career, business, new experiences
- Reach an understanding – blogging, DIY, interior design
- Reach a broader audience – through Daisies & Crazies and design work
- Reach for my toes – get off my hiney and get my sedentary body moving
I realized I have some recent proof that having a word of the year crept into my brain without my actually being intentional about it. Looking back, I REACHed out in three unusual ways just this past week.
E and I volunteered for the first time at a local center that serves free “community dinner” to people in need. We helped serve hot meals and tasty-looking desserts to a big room full of singles and families. It was a really fun experience for both of us, and I felt good that as a parent I provided the opportunity for E to reach out too! I’ve always wanted to start volunteering more but hadn’t taken any steps to make it happen.
I signed E and I up for a workshop led by a seasoned Los Angeles casting director who was visiting our area to educate kids and their parents about the audition and casting processes. Our usual beloved Friday night tradition is watching a DVD and eating takeout, but this week we went out on a limb, which has led to an opportunity for E with a local casting agency!
And we finally reached out to some friends and had them over for the evening. I love the idea of being one of those couples who socializes often, but for some reason it makes me nervous to invite people to our home. Why do I always get so worked up about stuff like that when I am always so happy about it during and afterwards? My mom would be not-thrilled to know that I blame part of it on her, since they didn’t host friends when I was growing up. The four of us had a yummy dinner and some great conversation, and our kids had a blast running through the house like maniacs playing hide and seek. Good friends aren’t always easy to come by, and I want to do a better job of nurturing those relationships.
So, that’s my word of the year, and how it’s come into play recently. Have you heard of adopting a word of the year? Have you chosen one? I showed you mine, now you show me yours!