Happy New Year! (Welcoming 2013)

Happy New Year, beautiful!

I hope that 2013 brings you magic and marvels, joys great and small, love, laughter, friendship, growth, and perfectly imperfect human miracles.

I rang in the New Year with some dear friends, dancing and sipping champagne and laughing my arse off. It was perfect and brilliant and even though I’m SO TIRED today, I wouldn’t change a thing.

I’m so excited to see what 2013 will bring!

"New Years Eve 2011 London" by Sean MacEntee on Flickr.com
Image by Sean MacEntee on Flickr.com

I don’t make New Years resolutions. They generally make me feel like crap. But over the past few years I’ve developed the tradition of choosing a word for the year–a word to guide my intentions and help me through challenges, a word to express the essence of what I want to create in my life. In 2011 it was Home. In 2012 I had 2: Shine and Trust. This year?

This year I have nine words. One main word and 8 secondary words. Yup…nine.

I struggled so much with my word for 2013. I thought I had it for a while, but when I sat with it, it didn’t feel quite expansive enough. I spent a lot of time thinking about it, mulling over word after word and trying to find The Perfect One.

I couldn’t. And I’m convinced that that’s because I needed more than one.

I struggled and struggled and thought and struggled, choosing one word and then another, but nothing felt right. I did my tarot reading for 2013, and everything I’d been thinking about shifted…and I had to start over again. I asked my brand new (amazing) Goddess Oracle card iphone app for my word, and it gave me a beautiful card with butterflies and the word Transformation…that felt *almost* right. But yet…not quite.

And then I read Neil Gaiman’s message for 2011, which Amanda at Kind Over Matter posted in an image on her Facebook page. And everything fell into place. Here’s what he wrote:

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.

It’s essentially the perfect response to the confusion, fear, and inner turmoil that my 2013 tarot reading hinted at. And suddenly all my words fell into place:



I don’t know why this particular combination of words feels so right. I don’t know why it lights me up inside. I do notice that it’s a delicate balance of words for courage and change (yes, transformation, trust, intention, possibility) and words for self-care and sustenance in the face of fear (grounding, centering, nourishment, breath).

It’s the balance I was looking for when I was searching for a single word…it just took 9 words to capture it. And I love it.

Did you choose a word for the year? Or a colour? Did you set any resolutions? Tell me, darlings, I’d love to hear.



6 thoughts on “Happy New Year! (Welcoming 2013)”

    1. It’s a great one! I was surprised when I realized that it wasn’t quite right for me on its own.

      I hope you have an incredible, amazing transformative year!

  1. I’m doing some brainstorming & writing today to set my goals for the year. Last year I did a vision board with small goals on it, the sort you can look at every day and see that you’ve done something on that board every day. It made me feel very successful and intentional 🙂

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