This is my third year choosing a word to guide me through the year.
My first word, in 2012 was EMBRACE and it served me well.
I chose embrace as I wanted to be open and embrace what life was offering.
I wanted to embrace new things.
To embrace life.
To embrace my family.
To embrace my friends.
To embrace my business.
To embrace myself.
And one of the major things from that year was that I said YES to an overseas holiday to the US with my family. No biggie. What's to embrace. It's a HOLIDAY afterall.
But for me, it was a big deal because I hate flying. And the idea of flying to a foreign country in a plane you can't get off for 17 hours filled me with absolute, paralysiing fear. And I had said no every time Ken had suggested we plan for an overseas holiay. For several years. Choosing embrace in 2012 meant I said, "Yeah, let's do it" instead of no way when Ken suggested (for the 100th time) about going overseas. And the trip was FABULOUS and I was so pleased we went. It was the best family holiday we have ever been on.
In 2013 I chose SIMPLIFY.
I chose that word as I felt a need to streamline things, keep things simple, not overcomplicate things or overthink..to keep it simple.
One of the main things I did in 2013 was recognise that I had a tad too much on my plate. I decided to step back and streamline things with work - which is why I chose to focus on the things that were thriving in my business (Jot Magazine - it was going off!) and step back from things that were not thriving (stepping back from Etzcetera Magazine). And while I could have done a LOT more with that simplify word in 2013, it still was a good choice for me.
So my 2014 word is...
To trust my instincts more
To trust and believe everything is okay and stop worrying.
To trust everything is unfolding as it's meant to.
I quite like my trio of words - EMBRACE. SIMPLIFY. TRUST.
I also like this post from Ali about her word for this year which features a video from another of my favorite bloggers, Elise who said that while she chooses a new word each year, she still keeps her previous years words with her. And that she would like to think they become part of her and help continue to form who she is.
And I liked that.