Welcoming the New Year: Power words for 2014 and beyond

Happy New Year!

Christmas break is ending and, as usual, I took some time to think about my Word of the Year during my time off. As I said last week, despite my second-guessing, my word of the year for 2013 ended up being Tend…and it turned out differently than I’d expected (but doesn’t it always?). This year, the word came easily with no second-guessing. For 2014, I’m going with the word Possibility.

As I thought about the past 12 months, I realized how many of my stories were “I really want to do X but I can’t because Y.” So. Freaking. Many. Yes, I know, I’m a working mama and I have 59,000,000 things on my plate at any given time, but often the issue can be solved with a shift of perspective.


Don’t think I have time to meditate at home? How about using 10 minutes out of one of my breaks at work? Think I can’t take a yoga class? Find out when they’re freaking offered, talk to Matthew, and see what’s manageable—one class every 2 weeks is better than no classes ever.

You get the idea. I’ve been limiting myself with my mindset, and this year I want to stop doing that. Instead of “I can’t because blah blah blah” I’m aiming for “I want to do X, and here are some ways I can manage it.”

Life is shades of grey after all, it’s not 1000% or nothing. Baby steps are still steps!

In addition to my word of the year, this year I’m beginning with a phrase to live by. In November and December, I had the very great fortune of taking a 4-week course based on The Four Desires by Rod Stryker (a book which I then got for Christmas and it is FANTASTIC!). Part of the focus of the course was uncovering our Dharma Code, or the way we are meant to live our lives. It’s not a task we are meant to do, it’s bigger. It’s the essence of who we are in the world—the way we live when we are being 100% ourselves.

Best. Workplace. Course. EVER.

This was one of those courses that came at precisely the right time. Everything clicked, and every exercise was meaningful. So now, I’ve got a phrase to live by every single day for the rest of my life…a reminder of who I really am and how I am in the world:

I radiate magic.

I could go on and on about this, explaining it in detail and offering examples, but what it all comes down to is that when I am 100% me, I feel bigger than my body. I feel light shining from me. I radiate magic.

My gorgeous necklace made by Liz Lamoreux (click photo to go to her Etsy shop)

So this year, I will focus on Possibilities, and I will also carry the touchstone of my Dharma Code (literally, most of the time!). And we’ll see where they take me!

I hope you have a beautiful new year!




P.S. Did you pick a word/phrase for the year? Wanna share? I’d love to hear about it!

One thought on “Welcoming the New Year: Power words for 2014 and beyond”

  1. Okay, I want to take that course! I’ll have to look up the book.

    I’ve already discussed this with you privately, but I’ll share here that I decided to try this concept of a Word of the Year for the first time this year. I gave it some thought and came up with “Savour”. It started with thinking of what I want less of in my life, to which my answer was “wasting time”. But more than that, I also want to use my time more wisely. And not in the traditional sense of that phrase, where it means to clean my house more or get up early to workout or something. Those are too “should-y”. No, I mean that I want to be more present with my family. Enjoy my food. Take that nap and not feel guilty about it. Read good books. And cherish more moments as my kids grow too quickly. Stop and smell the roses more, and enjoy life more instead of wishing or frittering the time away. SAVOUR the moments.

    Thank you for the inspiration. <3

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