What’s the Word?


It’s that time again.

Time to pick my One Word Resolution for the year. Have you ever done this? Interesting practice…I like it much better than the usual resolution list that seems to drop off around mid-February. I had Leap in 2011 (looking back that was pretty fitting) and then Mastery (which turned into Trust) in 2012.  Needless to say, I realized that I wasn’t quite clear on where I was heading when I chose the first one that year. It was a bit jumbled.

Yesterday I used a very chilly, sunny motorbike ride with PH to do some thinking about the words that have been popping up for 2013. I love being on the back of that thing—something happens when the world is wizzing by, I’ve got a firm grip on the one I trust most in this world and we are moooving…something about going forward in such rapid pace that is a metaphor for gettin’ on with it.  I thought about how I like to know the outcome of things. Not a read-a-novel’s-ending-first  kind of thing, but I like to be the planner and map out the road to where I want to go. But what if where I think I’m going is not really where I’m going to end up? I’ve had a big career thing come up in the past few months and I’ve made a decision. I’m not in a place to share it yet, but let’s just say it will change everything. Change scares me a little…okay…a lot, but I’ve finally pin-pointed some obstacles in my present work-life that are so tall, it’s hard to climb over them. Climbing isn’t necessary if you can go around.

It wasn’t what I was planning.

It wasn’t expected. (not pregnant, btw–ha!! yikes)

It certainly wasn’t on the list in 2012.

Yet, it somehow feels right and I’m choosing to release it.

That’s my word: RELEASE

It’s the exact opposite of what my heart wants to do.

I hold tight.

Make lists.

Revise goals.

I’ve never been one for “letting it be” and I do realize that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I’ve accomplished a lot of things I’ve wanted to do because I’m driven and motivated, but I also miss things due to hyper-focus. Somehow I dismiss the things that come easily to me as not worthy of pursuit…everything has to be a challenge…a conquest. In all honesty, it’s exhausting. I’m at the point where I am releasing it (giving it up to God) and letting the chips fall. I’m not couch-bon-bon-eating-bound in any shape or form (once a list-maker, always a list-maker!), but I am letting go of obsessing and the need to overcome obstacles to get where I need to be. I’m allowing what naturally flows out of me to roll like a river…freely and happily.

Sounds vague, I realize. I will talk more as the weeks go because time will be the x-factor in this next adventure.

Release is also a good word for relationships…family and otherwise. Discovering the art of not having expectations is becoming huge in my life and I’m so grateful that I finally embraced this concept. There is so much peace in that place! Peace that has evaded me for years. Doing my best to love (even when it’s hard) asking for what I want, and letting go are the only things on the relationship list for the next year.











Have you given any thought to what your word may be for the new year? Is it time to leap and try new things? Is it time to be quiet and rest? Is this the year that you will write that novel or open that Etsy shop or go back to school? Maybe this is the year you finally take back the body and health you crave.

Whatever the goal, it’s got a word.

Oh, lovelies…happy new year to you and your family. I hope, for everyone’s sake, that this year has more peace and harmony than the last one. I think it was 9/11 when I was nursing an 11-day-old baby that I felt this way about our country. Always praying for peace…as I’m sure you are as well.

So much gratitude to you for reading this blog. Thank you!



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10 Responses to What’s the Word?

  1. krista says:

    i’ve been pondering my word… or phrase….
    love you lara, happy new year my friend!

  2. Donna P says:

    Happy New Year to you :)
    Looking forward to your “release” of the new adventure coming your way.
    I have chosen Ignite for my 2013 word, not sure why yet, but I know God has plans for me and will Ignite my soul.

  3. Holly says:

    I think mine is Suspend. Holly

  4. serena says:

    Happy New Year, my beautiful friend. One of the things I admire about you most, is you’re willingness to trust your feelings, make changes accordingly and go for what your heart is calling you to do. That is NOT easy. It can be so scary. But you face right up to that fear and karate chop it down. I just know whatever has you wrapped up in limbo right now is the right thing. Trust yourself. You know the way. I love you.

    and speaking of trust. I think that may be my word for 2013. Learning to trust in my strengths and share them with the world.

    Here’s to big change in 2013! Happy New Year!

  5. Shelley Kinnison says:

    Mine for 2012 was Bodacious and boy howdy was it!! I love to look back through my photos, my FB timeline, my journal and see how it all adds up!! This December I started doing the Desire Map with Danielle LaPorte and through all of this I have come up with my desired feelings (growing ease, ready knowing, peacefully shining). My word for 2013 is going to be SHINE!!

  6. Lisa S says:

    Great post!
    I’m thinking my new word is going to be THRIVE. :)

  7. elise says:

    It may be my new word will be quietly.

  8. pam says:

    Oh MY! I can’t wait to hear what your news is. I’ve been trying to decide on my word for 2013 and I think it has been at my heels for the last several months anyway…FAITH. Thanks for making one of dreams come true this Spring…I will absolutely NEVER forget Sorrento and what it did for my soul. Happy New Year Lara to you and your family!

  9. Beth says:

    Isn’t anyone else curious when one of their favorite bloggers announces intriguing cloak and dagger events happening in their lives? Well – I sure am! Can’t wait to hear more and I hope everything works out wonderfully. Happy New Year Lara and family.

  10. Holly S says:

    My word for 2013 is “sparkle.” There is a lot to that word and I’d love to share it with you some time! Happy New Year, my beautiful friend.

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