Word for the Year: Bloom

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Word for the Year: Bloom

I have really loved having a word for the year the past couple of years. It’s so nice to have a word that really means something to me that I want to apply to certain areas of my life. Last year I chose the word Fearless. I wanted to be fearless in so many areas of my life. As a mother, as a wife, in my life, in my dreams, in my faith, and in blogging. I wanted to take risks and believe in myself more. It took awhile in some of those areas to put that fearlessness into action and there are still areas I’m working on being fearless. I think being fearless is something you have to continue to work at or at least I do because I do have so many fears. I like that it’s a goal I can always strive towards, work on, and accomplish. This year, I decided to go with the word Bloom.

It wasn’t one I pulled out of thin air or came up with on my own. I ordered a planner to use for blogging, actually I ordered two planners, but that’s another story for another day, anyway when my planner came in the mail I did a little happy dance. It’s such an adorable planner and when I opened it up and saw the word Bloom in big letters, the description right under it, and a place to write my goals for the year. It was just one of those yes moments, I saw that word and thought, YES, this is it. This is my word. I want to Bloom; “To grow or flourish with youth and vigor. To shine or glow.”

That’s what I want to do this year. I want to grow and I want to shine. What I love about this word is I can apply it to SO many areas of my life this year. I want to grow in Motherhood, in my marriage, in my friendships. I want to grow & shine in my photography, my dreams, and in blogging. I want to grow this year in beautiful ways and I want to shine brighter than I ever have.

What is your word for the year?

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DIY Word for the Year Jar

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Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Word for the Year Jar

If you’ve been following posts in the blog world for the past couple of years, you’ve probably seen that people are starting to throw resolutions out the window and are embracing a word for the year instead. As a matter of fact, I’ve done in the past two years and I’ve loved having a word for the year to embrace, instead of having resolutions that never happen. In 2013, my words were Live Life. I simply just wanted to embrace this life and to really live it and it was something I felt I could do, it was something I knew I could actually strive for. In 2014, my word was fearless. I didn’t conquer being fearless in all areas of my life, but I did conquer quite a few and I enjoyed getting over those fears and realizing what I was capable of. I’ll be sharing my word for 2015 in January, but until then I thought it would be fun to create this word for the year jar.

It would be great for a new years party, everyone can draw a word out of the jar and apply that word to their life in the new year. One word can have a different meaning for everyone. Or you could write down words that you like and draw one out of the jar for the new year. While choosing a word is great, I feel like it’s comfortable. You are picking a word that you’ve thought over and know you can do, but I think having a list of words to choose from and sticking to the one you pick from the jar presents a little more of a challenge. I can’t wait to share what word I wind up getting out of my jar. I loved this craft and idea so much that I decided to share with you how to make your own!

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Word for the Year Jar

You will need:
- A Vase
- Glue
- Gold Glitter
- A gold sharpie paint marker

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Word for the Year Jar

First, I simply wrote Word For The Year on the front of the vase. You can decorate the vase further if you like, but I like the simplicity of it since I knew I would be adding glitter.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Word for the Year Jar

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Word for the Year Jar

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Word for the Year Jar

Next, I used a glue stick and slid it around the rim of the vase twice and then sprinkled glitter all around the rim. Make sure you put something down to catch the glitter that doesn’t go into the vase and something to dump the glitter that did fall into the vase, out. After I let the glitter on top dry, I turned the vase over and tapped it all the way around to get most of the glitter out of the inside.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Word for the Year Jar

I then cut up little squares of black construction paper and wrote words that I liked on each piece. A few I put in there are: Embrace, Live, Love, Explore, and Create. There was more I wrote down too, just choose words {or have your guest choose words} that inspire you. I could apply any of the ones I just listed to my life in the new year because there is always something I want to do better, more of, or embrace more.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Word for the Year Jar

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Word for the Year Jar

Fold the pieces of paper up and drop them in the jar! Your jar is officially complete! Have fun letting your guests select words or having the fun challenge of choosing your own word for the year at random!

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Word for the Year Jar

Do you choose a word for the year? If not, do you think you might start?

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Fearless

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Fearless

I made a list of words that came to mind when I thought about my word for the year. I let it simmer, I let the ideas of why I liked each word roll around in my head. In the end, the reason of Fearless stuck with me. It latched on and I couldn’t let it go and that’s when I knew that was going to be my word. I wrote a post during a blog challenge I did and in it I talked about how I was afraid of never getting over my fears. I have so many fears, fears that maybe you can relate to and some you might not. I’m not going to list them all out, but I am going to tell you what I mean by fearless, instead of just simply not being afraid. I want you to understand why I chose this word and why it’s not just one I randomly picked and why it means so much to me.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Fearless

I want to be fearless in being a mother. As a parent I have so many fears. So many times I’m afraid I’m doing the wrong thing. Too many times I don’t congratulate myself or times I question my parenting skills. I want to take hold of that and I want to stop doubting myself, stop second guessing my decisions. I know all my fears won’t go away, but I want to try and be fearless in how I raise my children. Knowing I’m doing the right thing.

I want to be fearless as a wife. This goes the same as parenting. “You know you could live a thousand lifetimes and never deserve him.” — Haymitch. That quote rings so true. I was beyond blessed when God brought my husband into my life & I still am. I know I don’t deserve him, he’s got the biggest heart I know. He is the most down to earth guy around. He is funny. He is smart. He is sarcastic. He is an amazing father. Regardless, I want to be fearless in this area, I don’t want to be afraid that I’m not good enough or that I’m not doing something right. I want to know that I am.

I want to be fearless in my dreams. This is such a big one. I can’t count the number of times I have been afraid to put myself out there with my dreams. I’ve already been rejected twice and I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to handle it again and I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t made me hesitant to keep writing, to keep trying. These two quotes keep me going. “Never forget why you started.” & “I hope you have the courage to start all over again.” I know why I started. Writing is my passion. I want to live this dream as much as I want to breathe. I want to follow and go after this dream without fear, without doubt.

I want to be fearless in life. I want to have adventures and let my kids have adventures. I want to make memories that I was too scared to make before because of my anxiety. I want to explore this big beautiful world and I want my kids to experience it too. I want to be spontaneous and fun. I want my life to be full. “I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” — Diane Ackerman and “Life takes us to unexpected places sometimes. The future is never set in stone, remember that.” — Unknown

I want to be fearless in my faith. I want to soak up God’s word and never be afraid to talk about it. I want to know my faith is completely strong and know my relationship with him is even stronger. “Let your faith be bigger than your fears.”

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Fearless

I want to be fearless in blogging. I don’t want to be afraid to not fit in. I don’t want to be afraid to not post something that I want to in fear that someone will not like it. I don’t want to be afraid to reach out. I don’t want to be afraid to be apart of such an amazing community. I don’t want to be afraid to be myself. I don’t want to be afraid that my flaws or not being perfect or the prettiest or the wittiest will hold me back. “Once you have accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.”

I want to be fearless in every aspect of my life this year and I can’t wait to see where it takes me. What is your word for the year?

Linking up with Casey – The Wiegands.

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Hello 2013

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Hello 2013!

I definitely have a recap post to write of this weekend + new years, but today I wanted to share my goals for this year. No, I don’t call them resolutions – I feel like resolutions are set in stone, they are something that you simply cross off of your list and be done with it. So, I call them goals, goals can be done, they can be moved around, they can be turned into new goals. & this year I definitely have some goals in life + in blogging.
My goals for life this year.

My very first one is to become a published author. It is my dream. I am making the time to write my 2nd book {still waiting to hear back about the 1st one for the second time} everyday. I am attending a writers conference in a few months where there will be agents, other writers, classes, published authors, etc. It’s time I turn my dreams into a reality.
Up next, start a business  I already know what this business is going to be & I have told a few close friends + family members. I want to make sure I am 100% ready to go before I say what it is. But just know that it is a huge passion for me and I am beyond ecstatic  So, hopefully within the new few months you will be hearing about this new business. :)
My last one is to simply live life. Live every single moment I can – enjoy every laugh and every cry. I want to capture it all and know when each day is over that I didn’t just sit back and let it pass me by. I lived it.
I don’t want to look back on my life and realize I only lived the length of it,
I want to have the width of it as well.”

I don’t know who said that or if that is exactly how it goes. But that is exactly what I want.

My goals for blogging this year.

My main one is to simply write. Blog when I feel like it, write about what I want. Weather it’s from the heart or something light + funny. Weather it’s a whole mess of words or just pictures. I just want to write and connect and have this space, this space that I have grown to love.
Second one – to simplify sponsorship which I have done and you can view those details here.
That is it.

These are goals I can achieve.
They are real and wonderful to me.
Share with me some of yours. 
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