Theme for 2014

In my last post I talked about setting a Word of the Year as a way of finding your intention, your direction and your vision for the coming 12 months. Since I’ve more than one word the past couple of years, I think I’ll begin to refer to it as my theme for the coming year.

With all the changes in my life over the last few months, I decided it was the right time to create a new vision board, not just for the new year, but for the next phase of my life.So, I gathered magazines and began tearing out pages and cutting images and words from them. And I came across this phrase – 2014: Adventure Time. 

2014 Adventure Time

Whoa! I keep talking about, and preparing for, the adventures I want to have, and to share. In fact, I often look at the process of getting to my vision, of living aboard and cruising, as an adventure. But seeing this phrase kind of brings it home – time to step it up, to really move toward the adventure.

And what is “adventure?” Well, let these quotes help clarify:

“An adventure is any undertaking the outcome of which cannot be known at the outset.” Unknown (and if you know, please share!)

“When you ask for adventure, you don’t always know what you’ll get. That’s how adventure works. You could choose the safe route and avoid the risk of disappointment, but a good adventurer would never do that.” Chris Gullibeau

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“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” Oprah Winfrey (my personal favorite!)

“The big question is whether you are going to say a hearty YES to your adventure.” Joseph Cambell.

Oh, Hell YES!!!!

And if there was any doubt about me stepping up and saying YES to my adventure, I received a sailing  book as a Christmas gift from a friend. Inside she wrote me a message and included, “BE BOLD.”

In 2014, I will be bold on my adventures!

There will be more changes in my personal life – buying a sailboat, begin living aboard, learning the boat, learning to take care of her, and to sail her. My business – and my entire life – will begin shifting to allow me the freedom to be mobile, to sail when the wind is right and not when my schedule says I can go. I will also buy my first surfboard and take baby steps to getting comfortable on it and see where that goes. I want to find the edge of my comfort zone and confront it and move beyond it, even an inch! I want to learn to love myself, unconditionally, in order to set the proper example to anyone else who wants to be in my life.

Bold adventures indeed!

Setting Your Intention for the New Year

Believe and TrustAs we enter a new year, many people think about making resolutions, setting goals, and trying to improve their lives. While I believe that these positive things can be done at any time during the year (and should be, if that works best for you), there is a feeling of a “fresh start” that a new year brings.

I made resolutions for years. And rarely did they work. They were too vague, there was no defined plan to bring them about, and often, what I wanted most was not the resolutions, but the feeling behind them. Something rather vague and harder to define.

Then, in 2008, I discovered Christine Kane’s Word of the Year Discovery Tool.* What a powerful idea. What word do you want to describe your experience in the coming year? What word seems to reflect on where you are and where you want to be…and how you are going to get there? I have found the experience of discovering my word to be very organic, and different each time I’ve done it. I only used the Discovery Tool that first time. The other years, my words found me in different ways, and the last few years, it has been a phrase, not a single word.

And what are they?

  • 2009 – Focus
  • 2010 – Believe
  • 2011 – Patience
  • 2012 – Never, never, never give up
  • 2013 – Preparation and Transition

(There is much more to how each of these found me, but that’ll need to wait for other posts.)

Now it is your turn. As with everything, you have to take the first step. What word (or phrase) would you use to define 2013? What is missing that you want to bring to you in 2014? A year from now, how do you want to feel when you look back at the previous 365 days? You can use a worksheet, you can ask for spiritual guidance, you can write in your journal. It may arrive quickly, or after several weeks. A new word may appear mid-year, in addition to your first word, or as a replacement.That is all normal! 

To get started, here are some worksheets/blog posts that I have used. Just remember there is no wrong way to do it; you will find the way that works best for you.

I’d love to know what your word for 2014 is, and invite you to share it in the comments if you wish. And what is my word for 2014? I’ll share in my next post.

*Yes, you need to opt-in to download the Discovery Tool, but I believe you will enjoy and benefit from her weekly emails.