My word for 2014

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I've never done this, but for 2014, I'm gonna.
I'm setting a word for the year; to guide and assist me and keep me focused on my goals.


I had started writing a Facebook status that basically said, “I want to set a word for the year, but I don't know how to choose. I want something to help me remember to live with intention” and then I stopped.

I'd found it.


I want to stop letting life happen to me, and I want to take control.

Things that aren't in my life for a reason, don't need to be there. I need to let things be there intentionally.
This applies to the things in my home, the food that I eat, how I spend my time, how I approach photography, how I write, both for personal and professional reasons, and even how I manage my workday.

I am going to strive to live with more intention in my day-to-day.

Do you have a word for 2014? What is it?
How do you keep it in your heart throughout the year?

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  1. I always love to see what other people stamp out for their “word of the year” but I never can muster up the scope to come up with one of my own. Seriously I always want to just say, “coffee” or “plaid” or “alive” because obviously I would live to have all of those things and I would like them all of the time. I think my goals for 2014 spill over beyond a word, but I dig what you did with your word. Truly.

    1. You could do a phrase; there’s no rules! I saw someone who chooses a scripture for the year, that works for her.
      I just really like the idea of having a focus and trying to be mindful of it in all things.

    1. I’ve thought about doing a day or a week of YES. Not a whole year, because I’m not crazy, but maybe a day.
      Just say yes. Because I’d often rather not.

    1. Love listen. (Don’t tell Max though, or he’ll hold you to it to listen to him nonstop. And even Bubba will need a break eventually!)

  2. I think you do live with intention – good word by the way – it was your intention to leave GM and you made that happen:) maybe things seemed like happenstance but were really intention all along:) sure do miss you my friend – glad you are living your life with intention and doing so well:))

    1. Awww, thanks lady! I miss you guys, we should figure out a time to get together. Maybe when Max has spring break we can come up and do lunch!

  3. Oh, that is good. Intention–I like it muchly. Choosing one for myself, however, is challenging. One popped into my head, and a second followed it immediately, and the second one is the one that seems to be stuck like glue in my gray matter. So I think I’ll go with it. My word for the year is Create.

    1. I love that one, too!
      I think it might be a future word for me, for sure. But first, I need to get a bunch of other elements of my life organized (hence, intention) so that I really can focus on creation.

  4. This is terrific. I love it. I’ve been working on my mantra for 2014 (2013’s was “Everything is an opportunity”) and your word illuminates the need we all have to pare down everything that makes for a “busy” life and bring to the surface that which matters. That which illustrates intention. Wonderful!

    1. Thanks, Liza!
      I love your 2013 phrase! That’s a great one too!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      (Wow, that’s a lot of exclamation marks)

  5. Last year my word was Intentional. So basically we’re almost like nearly Word of the Year Irish Twins. This year my word is Ambitious.

  6. That’s a great word! I’ve picked words the last few years. This year is proving difficult because I was so disappointed with last year’s word. I’m leaning towards PURPOSE, which is so close to INTENTION that I think it might be a good pick. I know some people do vision boards based on their word and then hang it in their bedroom. I’ve never been that ambitious, but it’s an idea.

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