One Word: 2014


We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.” – J.K. Rowling

As 2013 comes to a close, it’s easy to be reflective on all that has happened.  This past year, as with all years, there have been highs and lows, sadness and joy, and a sampling of the things that life in general brings.  Thankfully the bad times weren’t all that bad, and there were enough good times to sustain me through the lows.  After an unusually high occurrence of medical visits this year, I ended up dubbing 2013 “The Year of the Co-pay”.  It gives a sense of levity to what has been an otherwise frustrating year.  Obviously I’m hoping that 2014 doesn’t end up with such a sad distinction.

As we pass into a new year, it’s normal to not only look back, but to look ahead as well.  We make our resolutions and by the end of January they are usually a distant memory and we get back to the status quo.  For years I’ve been against making New Year’s resolutions.  Not only have I never kept them, but they just seemed pointless.  If anything, I find myself more contemplative at my birthday rather than at the new year.

This year, however, I was introduced to an interesting concept…selecting one word to guide me through the year.  The article was written by Claire De Boer and in the article she talks about being introduced to the concept and adopting it for 2013.  Her word was Nourish, and using that one word, she guided herself through the year.

A friend of mine shared this article on social media and I’ve been thinking about it ever since.  Coming up with one word is a pretty daunting task.  After all, we all have so many aspects in life that we think we need to change or improve.  I thought about it for days, narrowing it down to a few final contenders.  I thought about each of my choices for periods of time, but there was one that I kept going back to and after much contemplation, I’ve decided that my word for 2014 is:


Since I’ve selected my word, I find myself thinking about it constantly and the ways in which it can guide me through this year.  I don’t need to set any specific goals or resolutions.  I just need to remind myself whenever possible of my word….transform.  With this word, I can accomplish so many good things.  I can:

Transform challenges into opportunities

Transform feelings of despair into feelings of hope

Transform frustrations into opportunities

Transform a weak and unhealthy body into a strong and healthy one

Transform feelings of want into feelings of plenty

Transform worry into peace

Transform the weight on my shoulders into gratitude that I have the strength to bear it

And so much more…….

I’m entering 2014 with a renewed sense of hope and optimism and rather than with a list of seemingly unattainable goals, one strong word to keep me grounded and on track.  I can’t wait to see what the upcoming year has in store.  I think it’s going to be a great year of transformations!

Happy New Year to all…….