Been thinking a lot about what my word for 2014 will be. This year's word has been unleash. I wrote about declaring it as such here and it's actually been a really great word for me this year - lots of unleashing myself from untrue stories I tell myself, unleashing who I am from my "brand" (and not getting the two confused), but also lots of unleashing of creative joy and ideas. It's been a great word.
But as 2014 approaches, I've been thinking about the word I'll choose to guide me through the next 12 months. This morning, as I was driving toward a really busy work day, I considered having grace as my word. Sometimes, especially when life is full, I get ahead of myself - in my thoughts, in my interactions, in my plans - and it all gets communicated in hurried, rushed, frenetic, not-so-graceful ways. I could definitely allow more room for grace in my life.
But then, as I thought more about it, the root of the hurried/frenetic pace comes from a deeper place of perhaps not trusting that all will be well. In some ways I have excellent trust - in divine timing, in the laws of the universe, in spiritual practice, in following my bliss - but when it comes to trusting others and myself on a much more practical level, I can struggle.
I can sense the my trust in myself is stronger than ever, but it's a muscle I need to strengthen - to lean further into the whispers and callings and trust my own voice and not betray myself in the big and small ways that we often do. And my trust in others is a big area for me that needs lots of nurturing.
Ohh yes, the more I sit here and write it out, the more I'm certain that trust will be my 2014 word. I'm trusting it is!
*** For those of you who aren't familiar with the One Little Word concept, you're in for a treat. I've been choosing words for the last many years, inspired by my friend Ali (instead of resolutions which can be self defeating) and it's changed my life.
(the #wearyourjoyproject continues to inspire me every morning!)
ps: two things:
1. The holiday giveaway continues. Winners will be announced tomorrow! We experienced some slight techy difficulties yesterday that meant lots of your comments showed up on older blog posts. No worries! We are rounding them all up and counting them.
2. Thanks for the all the painting e-course love. I've been gobsmacked by the reaction and can barely contain my excitement. The waitlist will remain wide open until registration launches first week of Jan. It's gonna be amazing (and if want to paint your word of the year inside a beautiful mixed media canvas, this class will be the perfect place for that. My heart is full.