one little word {2013}

word for 2012

I recently mentioned the One Word challenge in THIS POST.  My word for 2012 was INSPIRE (I wrote about it at length HERE).  I was stuck in a creative rut, coming out of a place of safety/healing looking to get my feet wet again.  When I look back on 2012 and the changes brought on by my One Word focus, I am amazed:

  • I adopted a new business logo, packaging, and blog – moving from THIS to what you see before you today.
  • The Everyday [Family] Session came to life in 2012.
  • I had the opportunity to attend Me Ra Koh’s Confidence Workshop in April.  [The epitome of inspiration!]  Connected with a dynamic group of women.
  • Worked through the Artist’s Way and became intentional about Artist Dates.
  • I crafted more.  Baked more.  I began actually scrapbooking again at my weekend retreats!
  • Received the gift of Soul Restoration 2.  The online class tied up every loose end and was a WONDERFUL way to end 2012!!!

My goal was to open myself to where God was leading, to step into the unknown.  To be inspired and in turn, inspire others.  And to do all of this even while feeling scared and unsure.  To trust in God’s plan.

It was a beautiful year.

When I began praying about my word for 2013 several weeks ago, God continued to steer me towards JOY.

my word for 2013

As an INFJ, I can be quite serious at times.  The Artist Dates began to reveal to me my need to make room for joy.  The  journal work in SR2 [partnered with Kelly Minter’s study on Nehemiah] helped me to clearly see that joy is rooted in knowing and serving the Lord.

The bible warns that self-indulgent pleasure-seeking does not lead to happiness and fulfillment.  Joy is the fruit of a right relationship with God.  Delight, goodness.  Bliss.  When a person walks with the Lord, they can continue to rejoice even when trouble comes.  Joy in the Lord enables people to enjoy all that God has given – rejoicing in family (Proverbs 5:18), food (1 Timothy 4:4-5), celebrations (Deuteronomy 16:13-15), and fellowship (Philippians 4:1).

My word for next year is JOY; I want to be more intentional about my relationship with God and embrace all that He has in store for 2013.

How about you? Have you chosen a word for 2013?  If so, I’d love to hear it – just add it as a comment to this post!  [If you would like to learn more about Ali Edwards’ “One Little Word” challenge, click HERE for details.]

Crystal Satnik - December 31, 2012 - 3:30 pm

Tina – I love that you do this every year. I have picked a word of the year in the past, but never focused on it enough. Last year I didn’t even bother. I think I have just struggled to find one word to serve me all year. After reading your post and about Ali Edwards word of the year, I’ve decided to give it another try. And I think I’ve found the perfect word for me… Reclaim. I feel like I have a lot of things I want to reclaim this year. Fitness/health, finances, my time, my home, friendships, etc. Thanks Tina for sharing your word and helping me find mine!

Tina - December 31, 2012 - 8:07 pm

Love your word choice, Crystal! I used to feel the same about my word and would often forget what I’d chosen by the end of the year. Having visual reminders (handstamped necklace, magnet, or sign on the bathroom mirror) has helped me to stay focused on my word the last few years. Even planting one day a month on your calendar to reflect on your word (and the things you want to do to help RECLAIM the things in your life) can help!

Thank you so much for sharing! Wishing you and your family the best in 2013. 🙂

Renee Lange - December 31, 2012 - 11:50 pm

I love this Tina! My word for 2013 is Perspective. Being recently diagnosed with breast cancer….I think it is so fitting. It’s all about how you look at life and the cards that you are dealt. 🙂

Tina - January 1, 2013 - 2:04 pm

GREAT word, Renee! Perspective can dramatically affect the way we live our lives – the way we feel, think, and navigate. I look forward to following the journey on your blog, Renee, and will be praying for you every step of the way!

Lynn Peterson - January 6, 2013 - 10:35 pm

I know I’m a few days late…but I am going to concentrate on the word Breathe. I have realized lately that I am so stressed out I’m holding my breath. I want to slow down…get outside more and just BE…find time to relax with my favorite people…let go of some things so that I can Breathe. And not feel guilty about taking the time. I need some organizational time so that I don’t feel so stressed in my own home. The clutter makes me feel like I can’t breathe…
SO – deep breath in and exhale slowly in 2013!

Tina - January 7, 2013 - 11:45 am

I love it, Lynn! I can totally relate to your feelings on clutter. And yes… to not feel guilty about tending to your need for time. Very, very important.

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