One Little Word 2013

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 37

Happy New Year! Welcome, 2013!

After traveling “home” to Maryland for the holidays and then getting resettled back into life here in Nebraska, I’ve been carving out some space to reflect on all that 2012 brought me — the good and the not-so-good — and to prepare my intentions for 2013. Part of this process has been deciding what my one little word will be for this year ahead. My word for 2012 was practice and this word served me so very well. Practice allowed me to focus on cultivating daily habits of photography and creativity. My word helped me to engage more in the process and begin to pay less attention to the outcome. Practice also helped me to pay attention to my own journey, my own growth and development, rather than looking toward others’ accomplishments.

Now what for 2013?

For a while, I considered staying with practice. This word has been such a helpful beacon to me over the past 365 days, and I don’t quite think I’m finished with its teachings just yet. However, choosing a new word for the new year seemed more prudent. I planned to make a list of all the words that may be swimming around in my head and heart, and then focus on each one to see which was “right.” And then that’s not what happened. Like many people I know who also focus on one little word for the year, my word seemed to pick me. One word came to mind and seemed to take up residence. Similar to last year’s practice, this word is not sexy or pretty. It doesn’t have the beauty of words like “fly,” “bloom,” or “authenticity.” No, this word is a bit more solid, more practical, more nose to the grindstone.


My one little word for 2013 is forward. This word builds on my 2012 word of practice so well as it carries forth the momentum of that word and all it brought me. Forward helps me continue focusing on the creative habits I’ve developed and move them along. Forward reminds me to keep doing the work. This one word helps me stay the course, put one foot in front of the other, dust myself off when needed, and keep going. Forward means “onward; into view or consideration; out; ready, prompt, eager.” I love all of these meanings. I want to be moving onward. I want to bring more of myself, my work, my creativity, into view and out. This fits so well with my belief in needing to put myself (ourselves!) out there and asking the Universe to do its thing! And I am ready and eager for my journey to move forward and to unfold into all it will be.

So today, this year, forward will be my guide.

Do you have one little word for 2013? I’d love to hear what you chose (or what chose you) and why that word resonates for you. There is power in our intentions. Β 

37 Responses

  1. MJ says:

    Happy New Year Meghan!!! Though I am pretty new to your space, your practice in that short time has been such an inspiration to me. You have such a lovely vision and if I develop an ounce of that creativity I would find myself pretty lucky :). “Forward” makes sense, and I will enjoy watching you fly!!!
    My word for this year is “Voice”, something I am hungry to find. And my tendency is to force things to find voice. This year my intention is let intuition find it for me, and perhaps with practice (a great supporting word for sure), it will happen :).

    All the best to you!!

    • Meghan says:

      Hi MJ! Thanks for your very kind note. I love your choice of “voice!” Can’t wait to see how it manifests for you this year. xo

  2. this is so great – here’s to moving forward.

  3. Corinna says:

    Think this is the perfect word for you. Can’t wait to see where it takes you, love.


  4. kelly barton says:

    nice. love the flow.

  5. rebecca says:

    I love this word for you! I think it’s spot on and will carry you as you make your way these next twelve months! I finally figured mine out too! πŸ™‚ Bold. Rock on 2013!

  6. Debra says:

    So good. I’ve been so admiring how you’ve been pushing yourself this past year. I can feel the momentum really building for you and Forward is just the word to support and guide that. Big things, my friend. I can feel it. xoxo

    • Meghan says:

      Wow, Debra. Thanks for your super kind comments here. I hope you are correct that big things are coming. What is your word? xoxo

  7. Congrats! I’m still looking for mine. I’m leaning towards DO or MOVE…anything that is the opposite of procrastinate!!! I’ll let you know what I pick πŸ™‚

  8. sizzle says:

    Great word! Mine is “ease” for this year.

  9. Kendra says:

    May I just say GREAT word! πŸ™‚ I am inspired by your photography, you have a magnificent eye and you’ve worked so hard. I know you are really going to move Forward into awesome things!

  10. Celina says:

    Onward! To all the beautiful things that await you! xo

  11. What a great word you chose. I hope it guides you to the places you want to go.

  12. Auntie A says:

    I do so like the One Word Process that I have had my office staff initiate it for 2013. My theory is that we can support & encourage each other in our efforts & hopefully help us to become closer as a team. In any event, I really admire the way you have used it & are building on 2012’s growth by topping “practice” with “forward”. My word (and it is my first attempt so it’s a learning process) for 2013 is AWARE. I truly need to become more aware of what is going on around me, more aware of my blessings and most importantly, more aware of my own feelings. Too often my actions & reactions are based on other people’s needs or feelings, with no concern of how it affects me & my closest relationships. (I am a little better than I used to be at this – Now I’m more of a door mat while I used to be wall-to-wall carpeting!) Hopefully I will stick with it.

    Thanks for the inspiration & blessing that you are!

  13. Emily says:

    This is such a great word that will PROPEL you in all the right places. Perfect!

  14. Karina says:

    I enjoyed reading your intention to focus on a word for the whole year. I’ve never thought of that before but I like the idea!

    So this is my word to focus on this year…LOVE….in all it’s entirety…..

  15. Amelia says:

    Happy New year!

    I had two words come to me for 2013 and they were (or are!) expansion and generosity! Oh my, I have a lot of living up to do πŸ™‚

    Lovely pic in this bog post! (I just want to be there!).


  16. Underdog30 says:

    Thanks for sharing your word! I don’t think “fly” is very sexy, myself, particularly as a noun. I hope you have a great year moving “forward.” LYO?

  17. Great word. Forward. So important to move with new knowledge in mind. Mine is return, as in return to simple joys. I need to stop rushing ahead and remember what it means to be still and appreciative of the simple things around. In the business of the Fall I lost my way a bit.
    And you’re so right. Bloom does have beauty.

    • Meghan says:

      Thanks so much for coming by my blog and saying hello! I love your word of return. May it bring you what you are looking for in this new year. xo

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