So, this post is a bit late, a poor omen to how the rest of 2014 will be, I hope not. For the past three years or so that I have been blogging, I have chosen a word, a One Word to guide my choices for the year.(Kinda like Frodo and the One Ring but without the creepy Black Riders following me around).
Last year, I chose the word–IGNITE. For parts of 2013, my word represented my choices: I remembered why I loved teaching, why I loved writing. Looking back over 2013, I see how my one word helped me back better choices like submitting my poetry and fiction for publication and attending a writer’s retreat in Michigan. I published a couple of stories, began writing a novel that I still love, overcame my fear of flying (I have a strong hatred for O’Hare), and adopted a kitten (really the kitten has nothing to do with my One Word just throwing it out there in case you wanted to know).
Even with a strong One Word showing for 2013, I didn’t plan on choosing another word for 2014. Until one chose me.
The word niggled at my brain. It found its way into my new favorite song with the title as my word. Now, my 2014 theme song. This word wouldn’t let me go. Despite wanting to focus goals and checking off boxes next to things that I accomplished, this word, this one word kept hounding until I accepted:
My One Word for 2014
Brave looks like submitting more writing, consistently putting myself out there for both acceptance and rejection.
Brave looks like being bold with my words, saying what I need and want.
Brave looks like fierce honesty coupled with compassion.
Brave looks like blogging consistently, being more open both online and in person.
Brave looks like embracing imperfection and accepting that I can’t be perfect.
So, here’s to a BRAVE 2014.
Maybe, going to Mordor with Frodo would have been a safer idea.