Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Starting Gently with a New Word

Own your Story

So, here we are.  2014.  I'm not sure how it happened, but here we are anyway.

I'm starting this new year gently.  Happy to put the glitzy Christmas stuff away and welcome a fresh start.  A bit of spring cleaning, a bit of looking back and taking stock and very gently looking ahead and setting some goals for the new year.  No lists, no massive resolutions.  Gently building on what has gone before.

Last year my word was brave.  And through that word I finally opened my Etsy shop and started talking and thinking about  myself as a photographer and artist.  Added to that a fair bit of bravery was required all round the family with new schools, new jobs and lots of change.  Brave served me (and us) well.

As my words before (2012 and 2013), my word for this year found me (around October time) and pursued me relentlessly until I accepted it.  To be honest, I'm still not entirely sure what my word means for me yet.  But I am taking it on trust that this is what it is meant to be and that it will reveal and unfold itself as the year goes on.  Even writing that last sentence feels like a pretty major (and dare I say, brave) shift for me.

My word for 2014 is story.

Thank you for all your support, comments and inspiration during 2013.  I'm looking forward to sharing more of that this year and I hope you'll join me on this little adventure and be part of this story too. :)

And finally, leaving  you with my favourite image of 2013.  A familiar sight in our house.  I can't tell you how much her love of books makes me happy.

early morning reading

Wishing you all a very happy new year.  Do you choose a word for the year?  I'd love to hear it, please share in the comments. :)


  1. Wishing you a wonderful story which unfolds throughout this new year! For the first time, I think, I have chosen a word for my year!
    Your favourite image of the year reminds me of when I was little and loved enter the magical world of books!

  2. I love your word. I can't wait to see how your word evolves over the course of the year.

  3. There is something so pleasurable and heart warming -- seeing a child with a book and enjoying delving into new worlds. Story. Wow...that's quite a word...I like it...and will be eagerly watching where it takes you. Wishing you a beautiful and joyous new year!

  4. lovely post my words are steady, and simple x

  5. Great post. Brave is a great word. And story is terrific! I like that! I am thinking about a word. I have a story to tell, and I will delve deeper into it as the days present inspiration and opportunities for me to share. HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY to you and yours for 2014! Aloha

  6. No doubt your word will bring you surprises and insights when you least expect it!
    What a treasure that you little one enjoys reading...such a gift that will be of benefit her entire life.
    Happy New Year to you and your family!

  7. A wonderful choice so full of possibilities!
    Wishing you a fantastic New Year, Leanne.

  8. I think story is a great choice, I'll be interested to see how it pans out :)

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  10. I simply cannot wait to witness your 2014 story as it unfolds here. I like your idea of welcoming the New Year with gentleness - I need to do that with myself. Coming here to your space is always such a treat! Wishing you and yours a joyous year.

  11. I love the picture of your daughter reading! It just makes me heart smile! I spent a good portion of my childhood with a book and still read quite a lot! You've chosen a wonderful word for this new year! I'll be looking forward to seeing your "story" develop!

  12. I picked story for my word a few years ago. I LOVED IT! I didn't want to give it up at the end of the year, which is ok--because I realized I could integrate it and make it a part of my life forever more. Enjoy it! Story is everywhere!


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