One word for 2014

Happy New Year, everyone!


I have not been a consistent New Year’s resolution or goal-setter throughout the years. I did enjoy making a handful of specific goals at the beginning of 2013 and checking back in with my progress a few times throughout the year on this blog. Since it went well, I had every intention of making some new goals and posting them today.

But then I read this post on OliveToRun about the concept of “My One Word” and my intentions changed (read the post for a good description of the concept). The idea of choosing one word and making it my singular goal for that word to be the focus of everything I do in 2014 seemed so much more perfect than another to-do list of goals.

After some thought, I have decided that my word for 2014 will be PASSIONATE.

I feel as though life up until your twenties is about the search for and pursuit of passions. We test out social, fitness, academic and other types of endeavors and dive deep into the ones that click.

While I consider myself to still be a passionate person, I do think there is a risk that life in your twenties can become more about routine than passion. And I don’t want that to be true for me. That is why I have chosen this word to be the focus of all that I do in the coming year.

If I find myself feeling complacent in my job I need to recognize that feeling and search for ways to improve my situation.

I want my relationships with my boyfriend, family, and friends to be genuine and passionate. If they are feeling anything short of that, then I need to think of ways to put more of my energy into those relationships to make them great.

I want to always make sure that I am running and training for races because it is my passion, not just because it is what I know.

And I want to seek out the things that I am passionate about that are lacking in my life – writing, for example – and create opportunities to bring those things into my life more.

I am certain that, if I can make this one word the focus of 2014, I will have a great year and a truly happy life.

If you could pick one word for your 2014, what would it be?


6 thoughts on “One word for 2014

  1. Love your word and since I cannot think of one that better suits me –I am going to say Focus because the older we get the more we need to prioritize our energy (and passion).

    • That’s a great word. Since you’re always taking on so much and being Super Mom I think you should especially focus on doing lots of things for YOU this year. You deserve it. Love you 🙂

  2. I 150% agree that in your 20s it can become more about routine than passion. I’m not settling in 2014 at all, and I want to find my passion. Love this post & your word!

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one who is worried about getting in a 20’s rut. I just read your New Years resolution post and I am sure with those goals you are going to find your passion and have a really stellar year!

    • I think it will too! I am passionate about a lot of things so the interesting part will be finding ways that I can pursue all of them in some way. I think in the past I have gone full steam ahead on just one or two passions at a time and let the others fall off the map. It causes the passion to fizzle out on those one or two things and for me to feel lacking because the others are absent. Time for a new approach!

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