Word of the Year – 2013

I keep a little book in the drawer next to my bed. It’s called ‘Mom- Share Your Life With Me‘ and it contains 365 pages of questions and places to share thoughts. I gave it to my mom a while back, and after she wrote something on all of them, she gave it back to me…complete with cutie pie photos of her when she was little…

…and hand-drawn visual aids, too:

I love seeing more than just her answers like that. (And who knew I was a clumper?!)

Anywho, like the date in the photo above says, today is December 26th- which means 2012 is coming to a close and it’s time to choose a new Word of the Year! This past year, my word of the year was UP.

I knew from the minute I chose it it chose me that I would fly on an airplane (a.k.a- “scare-plane”) again this year. I knew it, knew it, knew it. But there was something kind of peaceful about committing to UP even though I had that feeling. It made me feel like it was the right time to try again, and that I could do it, and that I’d be okay if I did.

Long story short, I did fly this past November, and I’m really grateful for that, and for all the other positive ways focusing Up inspired and encouraged me throughout the year, too.

In 2013, my word of the year is going to be JUNE.

It’s means so much more than the month to me, for multiple reasons, and I look forward to sharing more about why I chose it it chose me around this same time next year.

Are you choosing a ‘Word of the Year’ this year? I’d love to hear what it is if you feel like sharing it here!

PS- New to the ‘Word of the Year’ concept but want to give it a whirl? Just choose one word that has the potential to inspire you and create intention in your life, and have fun incorporating it into your thoughts and goals all year long!

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  1. Amy Y. says

    Have to share this. A word just came to me that is very fitting.
    I was thinking how hard it would be to choose one word but then it came to me and I am going to use it…Reduce.
    Reduce is my word for 2013. So appropriate in so many ways!

  2. Cortney says

    I love words for the year. Last year it was streamline and this year it is SOAR :-) I guess I have an “S” them going on and I just now realized it :-)

  3. Barbara says

    Here & Now.
    This chose me – two different times this past week. It feels very grounding – we will see what the year brings!

  4. Gwenn Townsend says

    JOY . After suffering years of depression, anxiety , fear driven thoughts and life I am going to focus on Joy. There are 200 scriptures alone on Joy . I am going to have signs , notes , I am going to put Joy every where !

  5. says

    Love your words.
    Last year mine was JOY and it was probably the most joyful year of my life!

    This year my word is INTENTIONAL. I love it and am so excited to see where being intentional leads me!

  6. says

    Thanks for the kick in the butt to commit to a word to inspire me……I think “Reinvent” has chosen me. I will be 50 in 3 weeks so I not only start a new year but I also start a decade and chapter in my life. Time to reinvent from what I have learned in my firt 50 years so I can be a better person for my next 50….God willing!!!

    Hoping that all of your dreams of June come true!~

  7. Diana Minutelli says

    Year after year I cling to “bliss” as my word and have decided to give bliss a rest in 2013. My word for 2013 is going to be…..drumroll….
    1. thoughtful provision beforehand; provident care; prudence.
    2. a thinking of something beforehand; previous consideration; anticipation.
    My favorite word in it’s definition is “anticipation’. Anticipation of what 2013 will bring and the forethought to deal with the bumps that come along in life. :0)

  8. Shannon says

    I chose “reshape” because this is a year to reshape my dream into a reality, and reshape my health, and house. I’m a strong christian, but I also want to reshape my faith to an even stronger level. Thanks for all your positive inspiration and happy blog posts. I so enjoy every minute of it!

  9. says


    Such a little word but with such big meaning!! Hope to do it justice in 2013!!

    Can’t wait for ‘June”


  10. Ariel Cooke says

    I love the word of the year idea. Mine will be BALANCE, another one with multiple meanings.

  11. says

    June is such an interesting choice for a word of the year – can’t wait to read more about what it means to you. It makes me think of June Carter Cash :)

    My word of the year is “Compassion.”

  12. Amanda Simonian says

    June is a beautiful month! We were married in June, and our second beautiful, blue-eyed boy was born in June. He went to heaven suddenly and unexpectedly six years ago this month at 19 months old. Such a hard journey. But, God is faithful and carries us through pain and grief. He blessed us with a beautiful daughter (who will be 5 in JUNE!). We named her Grace. It was the only name we could choose. After six years, I am finally starting to feel a bit like myself again. I am looking forward to reading your blog, actually doing some things to our house besides keeping it clean, and embracing some joy. It has visited us alongside our grief, but now I’m ready to grab ahold of it with both hands. Hmmm… I think I just found my 2013 word. Here’s to a JOY-filled year.

  13. Joycelyn says

    My word is “Hope”. It’s something I’ve always had….until this year. Circumstances overwhelmed me and somehow it(hope) got away from me. I wasn’t quite sure what felt different in me. I knew I was sad, disappointed and afraid, but I didn’t know I had lost Hope until I read this, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life” Proverbs 13:12 “Whatever happens, trust in the Lord…and trust in the power of hope!” When I read that in my devotional, a lightbulb went off……oh, so that’s what I lost this year. I lost hope that I could go on without my mother-in-law(she was a precious friend) and without our 13 year old chocolate lab(another precious friend) and that I could forgive those who hurt me. So my goal for 2013 is to find HOPE again and learn to trust HIM. Thank you Layla for the inspiration:-)

  14. De says

    My word is “Restore”….I really need to rest on God this year and restore areas of my life.

    June is special to me Layla because we were married in June – 25 years ago.

  15. says

    I am happy to read you used an airplane and not thousands of balloons, that would eventually pop and fall down to the earth potentially damaging and killing wildlife etc… I love to fly.. haven’t in a long time… I will when this world settles down…

  16. says

    You inspired me… I was linked to your site through another blog and after reading your Word-of-the-Year couldn’t get it out of my head! It was such a great concept that I chose my word “Try” for 2013 and shared the concept with my blog readers… Not to worry I linked them to your site and and mentioned you in the post! you can check it out here…http://theappreciationfactor.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/word-of-the-year-2013/ (I was too late for the link-up party)

    Thanks for the inspired idea… I feel like I have an extra daily purpose now..

    Oh… also really enjoy the other articles on your site too… especially the hidden notes one… something I would do… but usually only with family/special friends… I admire that you extended it to the public!