And the 2014 Word of the Year is .....
I'm a list maker. It's what I do. It's how I keep myself organized.
I'm such an extreme list maker that my husband jokes that I need to keep lists of all the lists that I keep!
Sometimes I write things on a list, just so I can cross them back off.
It's a sickness - I can't help it.
So you can imagine what a New Year means for me.
Yup, New Year - New Lists!
For years I have started the New Year by listing
.....all the things that I will do that year
.....all the things that I will no longer do that year
.....all the places I want to go during those 12 months
.....all the goals I want to accomplish before the next January 1st
.....etcetera, etcetera, etcetera
Some years things actually got taken off the list
(although some years those same things got put BACK on the list)
But in general it seemed that I was simply recycling the same old lists
year in and year out.
Instead of rehashing my standard resolutions
I would choose a Word for the Year
a motto - a creed - a mantra
a single word that would summarize my mindset for the entire year.
Tenacity not readily letting go or giving up, not easily dispelled or discouraged, persisting in a course of action
Boy, did that word come in handy as I slogged through the rejections and the learning process of stock photography. But I did persevere and managed to double my portfolio that year over the previous two years combined!
Empowered by my success in lexicography, I soldiered on.
Last year I realized I needed to stretch my comfort zone a bit,
so the word for the last 12 months has been
Intrepid fearless, unafraid, undaunted, unflinching, unshrinking, bold, daring, gallant, audacious, adventurous, heroic, dynamic, spirited, indomitable, brave, courageous, valiant, valorous, plucky
....I boldly went hiking through fields full of hazards (more on that trip later)
.......and I continued to turn the camera on myself - warts and all
And here it is a New Year again
a new time to choose my word for the year
....and I've ended up with two for 2014
........Serendipity and Synchronicity
Serendipity the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way
I'm learning that by becoming less reliant on lists of things I will do
.... and more open to the happy possibilities life brings my way
......... I am finding new opportunities I never dreamed possible
So I intend to listen to those quiet voices this year and try whatever they might be suggesting
Synchronicity the simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernible connection
And while those serendipitous events may seem random
.... sometimes there is order in chaos
....... and happy coincidences can open up entirely new trajectories
So my goal is to stay open to the possible paths that may present themselves through seemingly haphazard events
I have a few concrete things that I plan to try this year
- but staying true to Serendipity and Synchronicity -
I'll refrain from listing them here!
Happy New Year!
Photo credits: Karen Foley.