Oh My Word!!!

Do you have  your word?  I used to resist the WORD of the year. I am a talkative person, my mind is constantly going.  Ongoing ideas, thoughts, conversations with myself, God, you name it.  Kind of noisy in there sometimes.

My life for the past few years has felt something like this: spinning-plates

Spinning Plates.  I was trying so hard to keep everything spinning at the same time.  Sometimes I was so focused on keeping those plates spinning, I often missed the experience and joy of the plate itself.  Spinning plates is a neat trick, but when this becomes your focus, you tend to not really move forward with anything.


I have been setting some goals for myself. I have a lot of ground to cover.  I have a lot of slowing down to do mentally.   It may seem like adding more, but I have a long list of DIY for 2014, you can read that HERE This is the kind of thing that all that spinning has prevented me from completing.

redouxinteriors collage of 2014 DIY

In order to achieve the goals I have set for myself, I realized I had to put down those plates and focus on each goal individually.  In order to do this, I needed to make sure I was firmly rooted.  Centered.

GroundedGrounded, this is my word for 2014.  Not Grounded, as in I can’t go anywhere (although grounding myself from certain things might be a good idea….).  Grounded as in firmly planted and rooted.

You cannot grow and become the person you want to be, if you are not secure in your place and have a clear path of where you want to grow to.  Just like in nature, plants don’t grow well if they are not firmly attached to the earth.


For 2014, I am firmly attaching myself, grounding myself.  When I feel like I am reaching for those plates again, I will remember to stop and re ground.  (Is that even a word or phrase, well, neither is a redoux….)

Do you have a word?  What are your goals for this year. I would love to hear.  Happy New Year.



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  1. says

    I, like you, have struggled with MY word. I went between BELIEVE and FAITH… but neither hit the nail on the head. I was asked to send a girl I didn’t know a note of encouragement because she is going through chemo. I wrote her a letter and told her to TRUST. TRUST that everything was going to be OK.. TRUST that she will get through this as a stronger and better person. After writing the letter, I realized that I figured my own word out!!!! (Funny how that happens – Ha) I have a list of NY Resolutions and it will more than likely take until 2015 to conquer them, but I am OK with that! Happy New Year to you too!

  2. says

    When you posted this question on your Facebook page I wrote on Jan 3rd: “Growth. Many changes coming this year. I must walk through it with grace and in the end I will have grown from it.”

    Well on Jan 9th I was give my layoff notice after 30 years of service to the same company. My life is about to change in a big way. So I think Growth is still the word for this year. Wish me luck ;-)

  3. says

    I totally identify with this, I seem to choose BALANCE year after year because it’s something I am always trying to be mindful of. So excited to see what your year holds friend!

    xo, Tanya

  4. says

    What a great word and one I need to work on as well. It’s definitely difficult to stay grounded with so many ideas, projects and inspiration at every turn, but you are right and it can be difficult to focus on finishing what has been started. This was my first year picking a word and I went with “organize”, because my life has turned into pure chaos and needs some serious organizing :)

  5. Diana says

    I’m going with purge this year. I get all caught up in projects and end up with too many things, so I’m going to edit wish me luck!


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