31 December 2012

focus: a word for 2013

Last year was the first year that I chose a ''word'' for the year. A word that described everything that I wanted the coming year to teach me....it was "self-sufficient". Maybe I cheated a little bit on the hyphen, but whatever. I'm not sure if I succeeded, but there were definitely days that pushed me into this and days that pushed me right back to where I started. I'm a very dependent person by nature, and I always have been....but I think what I realized was that sometimes its okay to need someone. On the other hand its good to have enough confidence in yourself to know that you can fill in the blank on your own. I wasn't very conscience of this as I was going through the year - honestly, I pretty much forgot that I chosen a word at all. This makes me think that maybe my word for this coming year should be ''intent'' - close, but not quite right. 


This coming year I want to keep a steady focus.  I want to focus on my health, on my marriage, on my relationship with God. I want to focus on each day and not just "big picture'' things. I do want to live with intent, but I want it to be more than that. I want to do things because I chose to do them, not because they happened to me. I want to be proactive and not so reactive. This may sound silly to some of you, but for me its probably one of the hardest things for me to overcome.

I am pressing forward into 2013.... I have big plans and dreams and I'm feeling extremely optimistic.


  1. Your word is ace! I've chosen balance to guide me through 2013, but my reasons and goals are very similar to yours.

    Happy New Year!

  2. This is so wise! Focusing on the every day helps us to build the bigger things. Love your words!

  3. I think choosing a word for the year is a great idea and I love that verse!

  4. That's a lovely word to have chosen. Have you ever read the 7 habits of highly effective people? I have the audio book and it actually talks about being inter-dependent, which is somewhere in-between dependency and in-dependency. Apparently inter-dependence is the way to go, so don't beat yourself up about being (or not being) independent, people who love you actually want to help you :-) happy new year

    1. It's so funny that you should say that...My husband bought that book forever ago and its sitting in my bookcase. I've never read it, but maybe I'll add it to my reading this for this year. Thanks for the tip!

      xx Ash

  5. Such a lovely word you have chosen! The best of luck xoxo


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