Wednesday, January 1, 2014

My word for 2014

This year I decided to do something a little different with my New Year goal setting - finding that one little word to think on and focus on all year long.  I've thought about doing this before, but never felt I had a word that could describe how I felt starting the new year.  However, this year a word popped right into my head.  I knew it wasn't the exact word I wanted to use, but it gave me enough encouragement to look for just the right word.  I wanted a word that expressed my goals for my family, friends & life (both physically and spiritually).  I started with "interact", but I knew that wasn't right.  My goals were more than just hopeful interaction with people.  I thought I wanted to "engage", "cherish" or "express my love" in each of these areas, but none of those words seemed quite right.  While they are all actions I want to do this year, they didn't fully encompass all of my goals.  Then it hit me:


According to Webster's dictionary, embrace means:
: to hold someone in your arms as a way of expressing love or friendship
: to accept (something or someone) readily or gladly
: to use (an opportunity) eagerly

Synonyms are: enfold, encircle, grab, cling

I know this is kind of an all-encompassing word.  It can mean a lot and it does.  I could say that I want to EMBRACE life in general - daily activites, health and spiritual life.  But, I want to take it to the next level and EMBRACE more specific things in my life.
I want to EMBRACE Brandon and our marriage.  We'll celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary this summer.  I want to EMBRACE that special love we have for each other that has kept us together for 13 years and will keep us together forever.

I want to EMBRACE my girls.  Not just physically, but the memories we share, their personalities, their stories, activities, funny words/phrases - everything about what they do.  I want to listen, enjoy and engage in conversations with them that allow me to cherish everything about them and EMBRACE my life as a momma and ALL that it entails.  God has given me and Brandon a great responsibility to raise these three girls and I intend to EMBRACE that responsibility with my whole heart.

I want to EMBRACE my extended family and friends.  I'm not always great with communication and keeping in contact with friends and family.  This year I want to focus on those relationships - both old and new - and build them up.  Sending cards, emails, having phone conversations, anything to hold our relationships together and make them stronger.

I want to EMBRACE God and my spiritual life.  I want to read more, study more, pray more and be proactive in my walk with God.  I want to EMBRACE all that he has blessed me with and use my "talents" to bless others.

I have even more specific goals for the new year, but I won't go into detail here on the blog.  Just know that my word for the year is EMBRACE and I intend to "embrace" all that it has to offer! ;)

I encourage you to find a word for the year.  I think it will be great to look back in 12 months and see how my life was blessed just by trying to focus on one word!


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