I have never picked a "Word of the Year" nor am I huge into most personal resolutions since I often feel I fail too quickly at them. This year I kept seeing lovely posts here and there in the interwebs world that I decided maybe one word was the way to go. It was simple, and if I fail, I can get back up and remember it for tomorrow.
I have picked 'Embrace' for my 2014 year word to live by. I tried to overthink it at first, and then I just kept coming back to embrace. I wanted something that implied preparation to take each thing as it came flying at me in a positive light. Annnnd at the same time, learning to be ready to do the things that I need and my family needs by prioritizing well.
For me, 'Embrace' includes bypassing some of the hesitancy and the "But what about - s" in pursuit of new adventures and experiences. I have had a running list in my head of things I want to try from hiking day trips to learning to crochet and so forth. I always have an excuse I can come up with for why it will be too hard or just not work. This year I hope to Embrace those opportunities to enrich me and build who I am.
It also means allowing for my personality and being to be fed emotionally and spiritually rather than "overcoming" me. I am an introvert, and I need my moments of silence and alone time to rejuvenate myself. To better serve others, this is vital for me. I am already learning that sometimes this means I get up super early despite NOT being a morning person to have that time to myself. Whatever it takes, I'm learning to revamp my schedule and timing to allow for this quiet that I need.
Embrace also covers my talents and God given gifts. I have been told by many well-meaning women that God probably meant for me to be more of ... Rather than encouraging me in what I know my gifts to be or to seek out further talents, I have been told time and time again that I probably could better serve God and the Church if I changed to be more in line with this or that. This year: Changing that. Planning to give my talents a good workout in blessing and serving others in the way that God has given me the heart to do so.
As we begin our official start in the Roman Catholic church this coming Sunday, I look forward to continuing to embrace the Church, learning about it, the Sacraments given to us, and the saints that have gone before me. There is so much to always keep me learning and growing, and embrace it I shall.
For me this word encompasses so much, and that is why I chose it. Each day will bring about some way that I can choose to embrace who I am and what I can do to fully embrace the joy and the blessings that I have been given. I'm looking forward to having this outlook covering my whole year. Even if that year is beginning in February...
So that is my word for this coming year. Embrace. How about you? Did you pick a word for 2014? If so, I'd love to know what you picked and why. Please feel free to share in the comments!
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