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What’s Your Word?


January is my birth-month and always evokes reflection for me, which in turn, starts the mind- ball rolling and inevitably lands atop a pile of things I think I should, could, need or want to do in the upcoming year. I suspect I’m not unique. January after all, is the start of every new year offering the promise of a new beginning and of course, the making of a million resolutions.


I’m not not very good at resolutions. My intentions are always good but, well, you know what they say about where the road that’s paved with good intentions goes. I’d love to be able to say I’m going to do X, Y and Z this year, do them and be thrilled with myself come the following December. I’d even be okay if I were able to get X and only part of Y done and somehow WASN’T disappointed in myself the next December when I realized I never completed Z.

But I can’t. I  am who I am and resolutions just don’t really work for me.

I do however like the idea of being able to start over. In fact, I wake-up every morning with the notion that it’s an opportunity to do better than yesterday. Begin again. I also like the idea of having a concentration; something I can work on or toward without the pressure of having a deadline to complete it. That’s why I love this idea and recent posting on a blog I follow about the concept of using a single word as a focal point to giving yourself direction and purpose.

The blog is Leadership Freak and the post was Don’t Make a Resolution; Find a Word“.

Whether your work is in a leadership capacity or not, or whether you’re a parent or not, or if you’re just interested in another interesting perspective on how to move forward in life, I highly recommend following this blog.

Dan Rockwell, invites you to look inward and think about what you need, what’s in your way and what needs to go” to help find your word. Actually, he suggests letting your word find you, without stressing about it by finding a quiet place to think about it. Let it come to you. Finally, he recommends that you live out your word where-ever you go. Keep it at the forefront of your mind. Apply it to everyday living.

This, I thought, I can do.

So  I did.


That’s.  My.  Word.

This year for me, it’s about FAITH.

FAITH that “things” will always turn out the way they are supposed to.

Because they do.

FAITH that I can.

And I will.

Because I do.

FAITH that all things are possible.

Because they are.

Wordle: faith

Think about it and then come back and tell me.


Photo Credit #1:  Google Images

Photo Credit #2: Wordle created by Karen Szczuka Teich

  1. January 12, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Thats’ a good word Karen. It can be a tough one and branches out in many directions but certainly a great word to master. Oh, and Happy Birthday! I hope you are staying warm. Happy 2014


  2. January 12, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Thanks for the birthday wishes Andy! I’ll be happy if I can just keep the “faith” in all things I do. Have “faith” that things always turn out the way they are supposed to. So, what’s your word?


  3. January 12, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Nice post, Karen. Faith speaks to me. I like the idea of it, and I hope that your word continues to find you throughout the year. It’s a lovely idea. This may seem strange, but the word that came to me is “empty”. Along with the word came the idea of emptying my home of the clutter I don’t need, emptying my body and mind of tension and stress, emptying myself of the crutches and excuses that I use. Mostly, I like the idea of emptying my mind of those critical voices that rent space and waste energy. What would it be like to go through the day, empty of the unnecessary, making room for the joys and surprises that life offers?
    Thanks for giving me pause to reflect on this idea.


    • January 12, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      I love your word Anita, and everything it represents for you. Thank you for sharing it with me.


  4. singleworkingmomswm
    January 13, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    I love this, Karen! Another blogger I read shared about finding a word for 2014 instead of making resolutions. I really enjoyed the idea, but I have yet to focus on just one word. Maybe that means my word should be “focus”! Ha, ha….but seriously, I want to ponder and get back to you. Keeping the faith is difficult and a worthy word to concentrate on! Happy Birthday, too!! XOXO-Kasey


  5. January 13, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Kasey! Maybe focus is your word? It’s a good word. But if you come up with another, let me know! I am really enjoying talking to people about what their word means for them! Keeping the Faith in me and the universe I live in is difficult and I need to remind myself that yeah, things work out the way they are supposed too! Thanks for the birthday wishes. Love to you & your sweet gal! xoxox Karen


  6. January 14, 2014 at 10:35 am

    I don’t do resolutions either as it’s horrible to start off the year with broken promises… But having a word is a good idea. I like yours.


  7. January 14, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Thanks for reading & commenting.. Lady!


  8. January 24, 2014 at 1:43 am

    I believe too Faith is only thing to trust! Lllove it!


    • January 24, 2014 at 7:13 am

      Thanks! And thanks so much for reading & commenting.


  9. September 9, 2014 at 7:36 am

    At this time I am ready to do my breakfast, afterward having my breakfast coming yet again to read other


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