I join the Word of the Year bandwagon

I don’t know if you’re a New Year’s resolution kind of person, but I have learned that I am not. I struggle to stick to a hands-on concept for growth that works for me all year long. I’m usually trying too hard to do what worked for somebody else, or trying to come up with something that sounds nice and meaningful.

The thing with resolutions is that you must be resolute. You have to be set on your goal, and I am usually not. I’m forgetful and easily unmotivated, or I’ll get overwhelmed. Giving myself more things to do is not usually the best way to set me free.

Right around the time when I officially threw in the towel on New Year’s resolutions, I discovered the Word of the Year – basically, New Year’s resolutions for writers. I’ve seen people doing this for several years now, but I’m always a little reluctant to join something particularly mainstream(haha). I was a little skeptical at how cliché it sounded, but after a little more research (this post really did the trick), I’ve decided to give it a try for 2014.

I chose the word that is more like my life mantra – the weapon I bear in battle. The word that brings tears to my eyes effortlessly.


It’s my word. It’s my desire. I don’t remember ever wanting anything more than I want to be brave. So it seemed appropriate, for my very first word, to choose a word that I’ve been carrying into every year since I can remember. My soul-word.

I want to be brave.

Here I come, 2014. In the words of Katy Perry, you’re gonna hear me roar.


2 thoughts on “I join the Word of the Year bandwagon

  1. Pingback: Word of the Year | Kim Schwaar

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