One Little Word 2013

Monday, December 31, 2012

I love picking a word for the year, I have been doing it for the last 4 years, it is a great way for me to really focus on what I want to accomplish in the year ahead. But, for some reason I really struggled to pick just one word for 2013.

I thought about the word Balance, because heaven knows I need to find some balance in this life of mine, but that just didn't seem to fit all the resolutions I had in mind for the year.

I also thought about Power, because I just love all the strength in that one little word. Plus, I like the idea of having the power to change my circumstances, to make things better, but it still didn't completely fit.

The more I thought about it, the more a phrase kept repeating in my head, which was a problem because I wasn't picking a phrase, I was trying to pick one little word.

But it just wouldn't go away and I figured, it is my word for the year and I will use a phrase if I want to.

So here it is, my One little Word Phrase for 2013.....

There is so much going on in the world around and sometimes the bad seems to outweigh the good. Lately all the bad news and tragedy has made me feel overwhelmed and helpless. I realized one day that I can't change the world around me, the bad will always be there, but I can Be The Good in my little corner of the world, my home, and the internet.

The last few years have been hard, we have had a lot of trials, and I have not handled them in the most graceful manner. 2013 I am determined to change my attitude about our circumstances (which is also why I thought of the word Power), and to set a good example for my kids of how to handle adversity.

I will Be The Good in our home, I will provide a warm comforting environment for my children and anyone else that comes to our home. It may not be my dream home (hopefully that will come in 2013), but it is our home and I can bring out the good in it.

I also want to Be The Good in other's lives, I hope to find more ways to serve those around me, and get my children involved in helping others. We have been working on serving our family, and I see it expanding to those outside of our home, but I feel like we should be doing more.

I am excited to start a new year, I am excited for the possibilities that are ahead of us, I am excited to Be The Good in the lives of those around us.

I will have all my resolutions to offer the internets tomorrow, because once they are vocalized you have a greater chance of keeping them. I am counting on you blog to keep me accountable. That and my new approach this year thanks to Gretchen Rubin.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year, I hope your 2013 is amazing!!


  1. Love this! We promised my older kids a Hobbit viewing this break. I am lame to quote from it, but when the wizard Gandalf tells Galadriel why he chose the small hobbit, he says how the main wizard thinks it is only great power that can keep darkness at bay, then he says "but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love. . . . " And I thought, yes, that sums up the hope we should all keep having. Your post felt the same!

    1. I love that you used a Hobbit quote, I love it!! I want to see the movie. Did you like it??

    2. It was very fun. We grew up with my mom reading The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings to us. She has read the Hobbit to my two oldest and I have been re-reading it to any who will listen the past while. So, I love it not even so much from the story, but the associations with childhood, etc. Anyway, I would have liked the trolls and goblins to look cool scary instead of gross-boogery-ridiculous scary. And the battle scenes, etc. I thought were a bit much, but it was still a really fun show!

    3. P.S. Liked your New Year's Resolutions. They inspired me to come up with a few of my own in similar categories -- Family, Project, Self/Spiritual. See. You are already being the good! Thanks.

  2. Jamie,
    Thanks for your post! I haven't looked at your blog in a long time and I loved your WORD/PHRASE post and I love the idea of BE THE GOOD. I may have to still it! Thanks for your inspiration. I do have to say that, NO WONDER YOU HAVE A HARD TIME WITH RESOLUTIONS, Holy! You have too many :) I am sure you will see the success you would like! Thanks again for the inspiration.

  3. I love it. So very much. I think our words/phrases are pretty darn similar. I am not a fan of the who resolution thing (for me... I feel it sets me up to fail)... but as time passes I really do feel having something to focus on really helps shape our intent. A theme for each year is less resolution-feeling than a specific goal. I love your intent here... happy new year of being the good. I kinda think that would make a really cool tattoo :) P.S. THANK YOU for coming by and taking time to share!