One Little Word 2014

Happy New Year, friends! Hello, 2014!

It’s a brand new year. A clean slate. A fresh start. I love a new beginning and over the past few years, I’ve really sunk into choosing one little word to guide the year ahead. I’ve enjoyed the process of reflection, looking back at the year that is passing, and then dreaming and setting intentions for the year that is upon me. Choosing a word for the year is one of those intentions for me. It is making a deliberate step into the life I want to be living. It is the start of a conversation with the Universe, putting out there what I want to manifest and bring into my experience. It is a mantra, a centering presence in my life that helps me remember my path and stay the course when the swirling and cacophony of life gets too loud.

My word for 2013 was forward. This word served me well in so many ways. Forward beckoned me time and again to put one foot in front of the other, to take my creative journey and professional life day by day, to keep doing the work. This word reminded me that when life felt challenging, when I stumbled, when I contemplated throwing in the towel, that I simply needed to dust myself off and keep going. Yes, forward was a perfect word for this past year, and I realize I will be carrying this word forward into the year ahead as a supporting word given how much it still has to teach me.

PX680_CP_Day202As 2014 eeked closer and closer to dawning, I contemplated a number of words to be my beacon for the year ahead. During our Tribe retreat this past summer, we spent time exploring our core desired feelings using the work of Danielle LaPorte. I knew that one of my core desired feelings was likely to be a frontrunner for my 2014 one little word. If these words represented the very essence of how I want to feel every day, how could one of them not be a logical choice? Two words, two of these very core desired feelings, kept whispering to me. They both felt good in their own ways. But…they felt kind of blah, too. I have to admit I get pulled in to wanting my word for the year to be sexy or pretty or flowy. You know, words like “soar,” “thrive,” or “shine.” Many of my dear friends have chosen these very words and they are so lovely. And my words…aren’t. My words seem to be practical, pragmatic, sensible. They aren’t the dreamy and magical, sparkly kind of words. So once I accepted that my words are important to me for their own reasons, and that it doesn’t matter that they aren’t shiny words, the blah concerns moved on. And after sitting a few days with both words rattling around my heart and soul, one took root.


My one little word for 2014 is secure. As one of my core desired feelings, I have come to learn the importance of this word and this feeling for me. Secure means being grounded, rooted. I want to stand tall, firm, true in my creativity, my photography, my professional life, and my relationships. Secure is staying on my own path, trusting my own process, and exiting the “breathless race of comparison” and external validation. Secure reminds me that the Universe is unfolding as it should — that everything I want, all that I’m dreaming and longing for, is already in process. It’s already happening. Secure shows me that I am safe and encourages me to feel ease, free of anxieties and worries. Secure bolsters me in my knowing that I can weather any storm, any challenges, any obstacles that come my way. And last, secure means “to procure, obtain.” I want this year to be the year I secure a publisher and book contract for the work (words and photographs) that is unfolding in 365 Impossible Self-Portraits, and secure solo gallery shows to exhibit the photography. Secure is layered and rich, and I invite this word in all its meanings into my life. 

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

Do you have one little word for 2014? I’d love to hear what you chose (or what chose you) and why that word resonates for you. I truly believe in the power of our intentions.

20 Responses

  1. Kelly Farquharson says:

    I really love this idea – Tiffany told me about it a few years ago when you started it. Last year my word was “strength” because I knew I’d need it to get through the year (divorce, etc). This year my word is “open”. It’s also multi-layered, like “secure” is for you. I am on the job market and trying to be open to my options, even if they put me out of my comfort zone. Open to different options to submit my work when one journal doesn’t fit the bill. I want to be more open minded when it comes to work-related social relationships, as I noticed this was a struggle for me last year. And I want to get back into yoga for some nice open hips 🙂

    • Meghan says:

      I love that you are choosing a word each year, Kelly. And I love the word “open” and all that it means for you. Here’s to an open 2014! xo

  2. jen says:

    love this word so much. sending you deep blessings and every thing you might possibly need along the way

  3. Melissa says:

    Go you for choosing the word you wanted, not the one you felt you “should”. I’m excited to see you putting it out there, along with your intentions for your photography and book. So excited to see what you secure in 2014, and to see you being secure in all the beauty, compassion, intelligence and talent you bring into the world. Happy new year!

  4. Leslie says:

    Beautiful Meghan, Secure is a very good word. I love your reasoning and thought process behind it. It reminded me of this quote of mine that was displayed at Alt last year.

    Last year my word was Focus and it served me well too. I haven’t decided yet what will guide me this year. I did some of the Danielle LaPorte Core Feelings work and maybe I should revisit it today. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Meghan says:

      Thanks for your comment, Leslie, and for sharing your quote!! I’d love to know what you choose for 2014, so do come back or tweet me to let me know. All the best to you this year. xoxo

  5. Lindsey says:

    I love your word. And I am awfully familiar with wishing my words – my writing, my dreams, my life itself – were brighter, sexier, more shiny. I’m accustomed to feeling like things are unglamorously practical and safe. But I also love the idea of security so … I relate. Love to you for this new year. Xoxo

    • Meghan says:

      Thanks for your thoughts, Lindsey! After three years of un-sexy words, I’ve come around to my truth. Wishing you all good things in 2014. xoxo

  6. Allison says:

    You inspire me. My one little word is Compassion… For my Self, which then shines on those around me. I spend so much time being hard on me and it’s so empowering to meditate on this one little word. Your message about Secure resonates with me! Thank you MEGHAN! I love your art and messages…

  7. Celeste says:

    OK my word this year is redefine. This word has been rattling around in my head for over a month. It is time. I have been on a curves path for what seems to be a very long time with goals set around each turn of the road, but no true end of the journey. So the path needs redefined, I need to redefine and call on my previous word and refocus my own journey.

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  9. Kristina says:

    I love this photo and your word…so perfect together. Hoping our paths cross in 2014! xixx

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