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February 2014


I've been choosing a Word for the Year since 2006.  It's an alternative to making New Years Resolutions, something which I never found to be very effective.  I got the idea from Christine Kane, a former singer-songwriter turned Life\Entrepreneur Coach and have liked how the process of choosing a word makes me reassess where I am in life and where I want to be.

Last year I chose the word LIGHT.  The idea was to find a word that balanced giving positive energy while still being true to my somewhat cynical side.  It was a lofty, esoteric word that was well-meaning but lacking in any direct Call to Action.

This year I've chosen the word WRITE.  It comes with the clear intention of changing my lack-of-writing ways, to stop feeling sorry for myself and my never-good-enough book, and to just get the work done.

In December I set a series of goals for myself:  (a) have the latest revision completed by Feb 1st and (b) sent out to my Trusted Beta Readers so comments could be back to me by mid-February.  (c)Further revisions to be completed and the polished manuscript sent back to my agent by the first week of March.

The first part of that meant both revisions and new writing.  (Three new chapters, as it turned out)  I took time off from werk to complete the manuscript and finished work on it before the end of January.

WRITE.  That's my word for the year.  What's yours?
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Date: 2014-02-03 08:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] examorata.livejournal.com
I do like the word-of-the-year idea, but I'm still stubbornly resisting any grand edicts at the beginning of the year. Possibly because it's sort of a low-ebb time for me and if I pick a word I wind up hating, I don't want to be stuck with it for the year. (And stick with it I would; see also "stubborn.")

I wanted to thank you again for your comment on my blog post the other day. You might have planted a seed of a very big idea there. =)

Date: 2014-02-03 11:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fivecats.livejournal.com
Kane recommends taking time throughout the year to see if your word still has the same resonance that it did at the start of the year. There's no rule against changing your word midway through the year.

You could also choose a word for the year where the year starts with your birthday. That has a nice feel to it for me as well -- what I want my focus for this year of my life to be.

As for planting a seed, well, I don't think I told you anything you didn't already know. : )

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Date: 2014-02-04 12:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] examorata.livejournal.com
Ah! I do kind of like the starting-the-year-on-your-birthday thing. Maybe I *will* choose a word. I've got a month and change to pick one. =)

Perhaps I already knew it, but I think I needed to see the reminder. Thank you. =)

Date: 2014-02-04 05:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zyzyly.livejournal.com
I remember your post about this from last year, and I picked "organize". I didn't get as far with it as I hoped, but I did make some progress.

I haven't picked a word for this year. Yet.

Date: 2014-02-04 11:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fivecats.livejournal.com
Well, you have been a bit busy this year. : )

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