Power words 2013

Last year I set some intentions for the 366 days of 2012, and as December played out and I began reflecting on the past 12 months I was grateful for the guidance and focus those words had given me.

So I picked some good ones for 2013. Climb, Travel, Simple, Less.

“Climbing” is about aspirations. Transcending “just being” and working toward being better. “Travel” is going to be the goal of all my work this year. I’d really love to go on a trip alone with Dave, alone with Alice, and all together, and by myself. “Simple” and “Less” are pretty much about the same thing, which makes it ironic to include them both, but I thought “Less,” though more representative of my actual intention, seemed like too negative or ambiguous of a word. So I mean “Less” in terms of more simplicity. I started deliberately avoiding excess and materialism and overshopping at the end of 2012–it began with changing my wardrobe–and I really love it. Less is easier than I thought, and hopefully less spending, less overextending myself, less worry, less commitment, and less fear will put me in a good place to reach my other goals.

What do you want in 2013? Can you sum it up in a word (or four)?

xx
meg

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  • http://twitter.com/Juaneatsclouds Juan Mora

    Mine would have to be :
    CREATE
    EXPLORE
    LEARN
    PERSERVERE .
    ~ :)

  • Keri

    Good way to not lose sight of your goals. I’m also going with CREATE to focus on my drawing, painting and sewing again; ABSORB to spend less time taking in useless internet junk and absorb my surroundings and knowledge; MAXIMIZE my time, money and the things I already have instead of always getting new things and as always – GROW.

  • Sarah

    Great post! My word for the year is CREATE, which I am using in a few ways. It’s an inspiration for incorporating creativity into my life in general, whether through writing, drawing, or other projects. And it’s also a way to motivate myself to create opportunities instead of waiting for them to happen. This includes career opportunities and opportunities to get involved at school and in the community. Have a good 2013 :-)

  • Brittan Dunham

    Awesome. Mine are SUPPORT, FREE, HUMBLE.

    Free (used as a verb) is much like your simple and less, but also includes freeing myself from destructive behaviors associated with feeling like I always need more, more, more.

    I’m still working on a blog post.

OOTD: Summer Sweater

That thing where it’s 420 degrees outside and 69 degrees inside. Chilly Day Soiree Dress :: Remember Spring Sweater :: Late Night Platforms :: Hollywoodland Tote

when you want to work as remotely as possible: traveling for business

A: Travel is important to me because it helps my morale. It recharges my spirit. Every month or two? I like to get away as often as I can…probably sometimes to the annoyance of my business partner and coworkers. It’s always important to me to find something to work on wherever I go–a reason to make it worth my while from a business perspective–but there are some places I go just to ONLY work.

OOTD: Office Hours

This summer instead of having our 4-year-old Alice go to her school’s summer program, Dave and I decided to get a nanny. Her name is Kylie and she’s been WONDERFUL over the past two months! I really wish we could keep her all year and just have Alice in this hybrid coparenting-learning-field tripping-coming to the office situation, but I’m not sure I’m up for all the coordination it would take. I’m definitely considering it because I’ve never seen Alice so engaged and happy–she plays all day, does art and science camps and activities all over town, and gets lots of time outside, which leads to nice early bedtimes. Smile. I love having her at work after 4 every day and all day on Fridays.

Letter from a reader: Changes and consistency

I am a long time reader of your blog and have seen it through its various incarnations. I wondered if you might find inspiration one day to discuss the changes, i.e., the changes in you. For example (and these are purely from memory, so I may very well be misremembering things or just plain getting things wrong):

A Long Day

1. Woke up and read Dril’s favstar to start my day off on the right foot. Dropped Alice off at her first day of summer art camp—sculpture making at the Joslyn Art Museum. 2. Quick shower and blow-dry before Rebecca Forsyth’s Vintage-Inspired Hairstyling salon training class. 3. Got my hair set with my good friend and former Princess Lasertron model Caitlin. 4. Snacks on Jonathan Adler dishes under beautiful boxes of hair color. 5-6. Rebecca setting and styling Caitlin’s hair. 7. The “after.”
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