There has been a trend through the blogosphere lately that suggests you pick one word to describe your upcoming year. Each New Years, bloggers will choose the word that describes how they want to be in the new year, how they want to be known or other aspirations they want to strive for. Popular words have been: brave, courageous, active, etc.
And as I looked back at probably the most significant year of my life, and then looked ahead to 2014, I knew this would be a perfect exercise for me.
2013 was killer. I mean, hands down, one of the craziest, most wonderful, most emotional and hardest years of my life. Let’s recap, shall we?
- January: Announced we were pregnant! Jason moved branches
- February: Began my thesis research
- March: Bought a house and moved + drove to Tampa for presentation
- April: Defended thesis and found out our little gummy bear was a girl
- May: Celebrated three years of marriage and graduated with my master’s
- June: Started a new job + turned 28
- July: Had a car accident/fender bender and spent night in hospital
- August: Fell while 9 months pregnant + welcomed our beautiful Audrey
- September: blur (10-year high school reunion fell in here somewhere)
- October: blur
- November: half blur/Back to work
- December: Celebrated all the wonderfulness of the holidays with a 4 month old
And now, it’s 2014 and I look back with exhaustion, pride, a full heart. I know everyone has busy years. I’m not abnormal in that claim. But, looking toward a new year, Jason and I couldn’t help but agree that this year, we want less. We want slow. We want roots. We’ve moved, floated, lived the nomadic way for a while, but now with roots and our Audrey, it’s time to stay for a while.
So, my word for 2014 is: STILL.
And not just being still in the physical sense, although that’s a big part of it. But also:
- being still and knowing of God’s absolute presence in our life (Psalms 46:10; Exodus 14:14)
- being still in the moments I try to do too much
- being still and letting go of the fear and anxiety in my new mama heart and head
- being physically still in Baton Rouge, in our home, in our jobs, in our church
- being still by embracing quiet mornings, slow weekends and long holidays
I probably jinxed myself by making this my 2014 word. This usually sparks a completely opposite reaction (see: pregnancy fall in August after just the day before saying “let’s not do anything baby this weekend, let’s just relax” yeah right). But I want to be deliberate in this word this year. Be still and watch Audrey blossom and grow. Be still and love Jason more each day. Be still and enjoy this beautiful life.
I hope you can find a word to relate with this year as well! I’d love to hear what they are, if you do. Happy 2014 friends, let’s make it a great one.