I’m a little late on writing a post about my word choice for 2013. The thing is, I had a hard time picking one.
Last year, my word was “Growth”. I wanted to grow as a mother, wife, and grow professionally. I took some risks and there were a lot of changes for me in 2012.
But this year I had a difficult time coming up with my one word. I thought about it and nothing really hit me…until the other day.
I was laying with my boys watching The Polar Express. The part came on where the doubting boy kept saying to himself, “I do believe. I do believe.” He was trying so hard to still believe in the magic of Christmas, when finally he heard the sound of the bell.
That’s the moment I knew what my word for the year would be….Believe.
Believe in my decisions as a mother. There are many times I second guess myself. Is this the right choice? Do I spend enough time with my boys? Am I giving them enough guidance and helping them grow to be confident, kind men? Second guessing ourselves and the feeling of guilt is part of parenthood. Before I do anything, I always think of my boys and the impact it will have on them.
Believe that my voice counts. In high school, English wasn’t my favorite subject. I dreaded writing term papers and it would take me twice as long as the average person. Funny thing, my sister is the English teacher and here I am writing for a living. I never claimed to be a great “writer”, I know I’m far from it, but I strive to be authentic and someone that others can identity with. I started my blog three years ago to share my stories and connect with other parents, women and grow my business. This is still important to me and I will start believing that I do have a voice, even if I’m still trying to figure out where my voice is going.
Believe in new opportunities. If you would have told me this time last year that I would be selected as the Family Expert for P&G, I would have laughed. I remember reading the email, in complete shock, saying, “Me? Really?”. My husband turned, looked at me and said, “Why don’t you believe in yourself? I do. Look what you have accomplished in the past three years.” This is one of the reasons I love him so much, he has always been my biggest supporter. His statement hit me like a ton of bricks, he is right. It’s easy to start comparing ourselves to others and start second guessing everything we do. I think it’s part of the cycle and I know it’s hit me once or twice. I am loving this job and it has given me the confidence I needed. This year, I need to keep focused and dream big for more opportunities like this.
Believe in me. The most important one. When you believe in yourself, anything is possible.
I love this quote:
Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as you mind lets you. What you believe, you can achieve.
By Mary Kay Ash
This year, I also set a few goals for myself. Nothing crazy, but I wanted to put a few things down in writing to hopefully keep me accountable:
- Travel more as a family
- Eat breakfast everyday
- Have one-on-one dates with my boys
- Create photo books
- Get involved in charity work or volunteer
- Try something new with my husband like cooking classes, hot air balloon ride, etc.
- Read at least 5 new books
- Comment more on blogs
Cheers to a productive and exciting new year. Dream big because you never know what’s in store for you.
What about you? Do you have a word you are living by this year or did you set yourself a few goals? I’d love to hear them, leave a comment below!
P.S. I am working on a new design and a few changes for my blog…stay tuned!
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