1.01.2014

2014 Word of the Year :: Nurture

I've been thinking about what I want my word for 2014 to be for a while now. I didn't designate an official word last year (so weird to say that), but looking back, I think it would have to be PERSEVERANCE. 

I've been powering through a workbook I found on Susannah Conway's site, and she's been asking some tough questions about last year. One of the things that I realized is how much I really got done. That being said, it's because I just. kept. going. despite my own reservations or other things that could have held me back. I definitely flourished, in some ways, but I also learned the importance of just letting go and getting it done. It can't always be amazing, no matter what anybody tells you. Sometimes you just have to persevere, and get the bare minimum done. We can all be extraordinary, for sure, but we also need to be a little bit more gentle with ourselves, I think. 

Now, onto 2014! Like I said, I've been thinking about this year's word for a while now, but it actually came relatively easy to me. After these past few weeks, and looking at what I had to give up last year in order to flourish professionally, I've decided to take another approach to life.
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My marriage went through a lot in 2013. Just believe me when I say that I really don't put everything on this little blog here, and I shouldn't. A few days ago, however, I realized that I need to let a lot go. Holding it all inside is really just holding me back from the potential that my marriage has. I want to nurture my relationship with my husband, and create a home and family that we can add to with only happiness and love. 

It's not only my marriage that I want to nurture. I think that when you focus on one area of your life, other areas inevitably start to suffer. This past year I'm sad to say that my friendships suffered a bit, and I really don't want that anymore. I definitely learned the value and importance of BALANCE in 2013, and I think it's completely possible to find that perfect balance between my professional and personal life.

If I focus on anything in 2014, I want it to be on my relationships with others. I want to nurture my friendships and my marriage; I want to focus on my home and my family. And, I think, in the process of nurturing this value in my life, my clients and my business will prosper as well. Because if I value anything in my business, and in my life, it's authenticity and love and kindness.

16 comments:

Joelle Duff said...

Great word! It will be cool to see that word "nourish" manifest itself in different ways over the year :)

Joelle Duff said...

great goal for 2014 :) im sure it'll make everything in your life better. xo

Joelle Duff said...

This was my word last year and I just did a post about it :) Enjoy it!

Joelle Duff said...

That is a great word for the year. It sounds like you have a bunch of ideas to help lead you through the rest of the year. I can't wait to read future post. =] Happy New Year.

Joelle Duff said...

Such a great word to set the tone for the next year!

Joelle Duff said...

This is my first year doing it officially, but I've seen quite a few other bloggers do it, and I think it's a great idea! We'll see how it goes :)

Joelle Duff said...

I do have SO many ideas! I think that this single word is guiding a lot of my goals and resolutions for 2014, which I'm really excited to share too :) xoxo

Joelle Duff said...

It's a great word! I think it just really encompasses so many different areas of my life, and what I want to value in 2014. Hope you have a great year Eliza! xoxo

Joelle Duff said...

For sure, that's definitely another word I'm going to keep in the back of my head too. I think that there's so many different things it could mean, so I'm excited to see how that one works too! xoxo

Joelle Duff said...

Woops, I meant to type "nurture" not "nourish." :/

But I guess the two are pretty related! Haha

Joelle Duff said...

Haha they really are! It was actually a runner up :)

Joelle Duff said...

Thanks for sharing the link to the workbook, J! I needed it and I'm excited to power through it myself. :)

Joelle Duff said...

Do it! I'm still working on it, but it's definitely a good one :)

Joelle Duff said...

Gorgeous site! Glad to have connected via #blogbrunch this AM. I love the idea of selecting a word for the new year & yours is a great pick! I struggle balancing my time between work/friends/boyfriend/family as well. It is so important not to let those relationships slip because they are so important to our lives. Looking forward to following your future posts :)

Joelle Duff said...

I love this post! I'm so happy to see someone else using a word for the year instead of listing goals. My word this year is perseverance! It applies to all of my goals. I'm hoping focusing on a word this year will keep me on track. Thanks for this post and reassuring me!

Happy new year!
Lisa
www.lifeonepicture.blogspot.com

Joelle Duff said...

So well put, Joelle. You are, my friend, are so good at putting stuff like this into words. Thank you for sharing that!