Thursday, January 09, 2014

2014 Word of the Year: BRAVE

I've been tossing around words for weeks now.Trying them on for size. Seeing if any felt right.

I really liked "wildness," the word Liz chose. But I knew that no matter how important wildness and nature are to me, it was not the word I was looking for. I'm still digging the wild heart necklace though.

I also felt drawn to "change," the word Bronwyn picked. I am certainly hoping for changes in 2014. But after some reflection, I decided that while change may be the desired outcome, in order for me to be able to make the changes occur I will need to be brave.

So my word for 2014 (better late than never) is BRAVE.

I need to have more self-confidence. I need to recognize and do what's right for me. Put myself out there. Take risks. Not worry so much about embarrassment or doing it wrong.

I've been brave before. In 1998 I threw some stuff in the back of my pick-up truck and moved to Florida. I only knew one person in the whole state and didn't have a job lined up.

I avoid things because I don't like confrontation or feeling uncomfortable, but sometimes it's worth pushing past the edges of your comfort zone. So hopefully as the year progresses I will be able to share all the ways I am being brave. And it starts today.


Almost Christopher said...

I'm hoping change will be a good way to describe my year when it ends. While there will be a bit of bravery in my goals for change this year, my secondary word would probably be either consistency or persistence. Those two always seem to be an issue when it comes to change.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

WOW! That's a great word and concept!!!

I need to be brave too, and also persistent and in some ways consistent.

lanes123 said...

There are so many ways to be brave. Good luck figuring out the ones that work best for you!