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BeginA word for the year. I had never really thought about it before, but this year cries out for something different.  I make no apologies for how ready I was to have a new start, to put 2013 behind me. I am ready for something new.

When I saw a post from my friend Holly Barrett about choosing a word, I was intrigued and knew that this was the year to have a specific word to focus on.  A word to remind me of my goals.  A word to nudge me on in my procrastination-ridden life.

One word.

I spent more than a few minutes/days mulling over what my word would be.  Because Holly had also given me the idea to have my word put onto a necklace, I had to find something that would fit. Literally. Some words were too long for the pendant.  After weeding out the words with too many letters, or that didn’t embody the full meaning of what I was looking for, I finally settled on it.  My word would be begin.


Begin again.  Every day.  Every minute.  Every breath.

As long as we are still breathing, we are gifted with new beginnings.

But let’s be honest, taking that very first step can be the hardest.  That’s why I haven’t posted on my blog in more months that I’d like to count.  A minor family emergency in September got me off track, and I have failed to take that first step.

So this will be my focus this year.  Beginning. Again. Over and over.

I will write that first word, take that first class, take the first step, etc.  2014 will be the year of new beginnings; a year of living with more intention than I have previously.

Even though we are in the third week of this new year, it’s never to late to begin, to make a change, to start a new habit.  So here I am again, starting over but blessed to be given the grace to do so.

What about you?  Where do you need to take a first, faltering step?  I’d love to hear from you and maybe together we can encourage each other along the path.