from listening to abundance

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Starting in January I embraced the word listen. It was my word of the year. The word I meditated on, kept close to my heart and mind while going through motions and months and moments. The original intent of choosing the word was to remind myself to listen to the little and big voices within... to see where that took me. Looking back on all that was 2013 I can see that the word served me well. I listened to my inner hopes and dreams and workings more than in years past, and I also listened to those closest to me and I believe that helped to grow relationships and to deepen bonds. 

2013 was not an easy year. For us, like so many others, it was full of struggles. Health issues. Money issues. Life issues. But we made it through, mostly intact and holding onto what matters most. In 2013 I listened to my heart and in doing so I was able to let some things go. Maybe not in the most graceful ways, but I feel lighter going into 2014 than I have in years. I started my novel. I let go of things that hindered focus. I have listened to my deepest desires and have started to act upon them. I have spent time listening to my children, finding out more of what they need and how to help nurture their passions and loves. 

I am  not sad to see 2013 go. At all. Yes, there were incredible moments, but it was one of the more difficult years we've seen in a long, long time. And so I am ready for 2014, and have chosen a new word to focus on:


I am ready to see the abundance that is in the world, in my life. I'm ready to look at life with a mindset of abundance and not scarcity. I'm ready to explore what the days can hold if I am open to the fullness of them. 

Are you choosing a word for 2014? I'd love to know what it is!

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  1. Hey. I left a comment...don't know where it went. ???

  2. Ugh! That one worked ^^. Anyway, I love your word! (I suspected...from your pins :)). I wish you an abundance of blessings in 2014! XO

  3. Listen and abundance are both really, really good words. I have not tried picking a word for a coming year, but usually, in looking back, for the last year. Yes, I'm backwards like that. Maybe that should be my word for 2014 - backwards. ;-)

    For 2012, it was "full" - as in of life, in my heart, on my plate, of joy...

    In 2013, which was another good year, I would say it was gratitude for all that we have and continue to work towards. As you may know, we've had our struggles, especially in 2010, which wasn't a stellar year, but we overcame it and what followed was a 2011 that saw many, many good changes, and the rest, well, you can see in the above.

    There's no feeling like being triumphant and overcoming hardship together as a family. Here's to a year of abundance to you and yours -- may you always have joy, love, and each other.

  4. Listen and abundance are great words. I hope 2014 is great for you and yours. I hope it's full of abundance and kindness. Happy New Year.

  5. Great words. I've never chosen a word for my year. I like the simplicity of it. I've always made lists for the new year, but maybe one year I should change it up?

  6. Listen. I like that one! And I'm ready to let go of 2013, too. My word for 2013 was Persistence and man did I work that word out. I never let go! Maybe that is why I'm choosing "give" for 2014.

    Now, I really like abundance. I could live in the fullness of that word. And I KNOW you can, too! Here is to our words- our purpose driven words- and here is to living in abundance!

  7. Oh, I feel you on shutting the door to 2013. It was one of the most difficult years for us too. LOVE "abundance", and your reasons for choosing it. While I'm not choosing just one word this year, I know I'll keep coming back to this one.

  8. I've never picked a word for the year, but I love the idea - and "listen" and "abundance" are both ones that I suspect would serve me well.

    When I meditate (or try to, at least) I focus on two different phrases, depending on the day: the first is "all will be well and all will be well and all manner of things will be well" and the other is the metta meditation, "may I be safe, may I be happy, may I be strong, may I live with ease." Maybe my word is somewhere in there.

    Wishing you and yours a year of abundance! xo


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