2014 Word of the Year: Love


Welcome to 2014!


It’s a new year, full of new and exciting possibilities…

It’s funny, because, really, it’s just another week, another month… nothing has really changed, and yet it feels like we can start anew…

So, let’s take advantage of that and set ourselves up for success!

For me, part of creating a new feeling and new opportunity for success is to choose a ‘word’ for the year. Last year’s word was ‘Receive’ – it’s something I really wanted to practice and learn to do more. In many ways, I succeeded… and, there is much more I can learn in that department, so it’s something I’ll continue to place some focus on.

This year’s word is LOVE.

I didn’t even have to think about it – I just knew that is what I want to focus my full attention on this year. Everything about love… including self-love, finding love where I might otherwise find challenges, learning to lean into love in moments where I might want to choose something else.

This is not about denying myself certain feelings, in fact, it’s the opposite. It’s about understanding that, through loving myself and others enough, I can find ways to express my feelings that are healthy and healing – both for me and for anyone around me.

And, seeing as I struggle on a regular basis with remembering to be kind and loving to myself, and sometimes with others , this seems like a great place to put my energy.

What is your word for 2014? What do you want to focus on so that in the next 12 months you can take a few more significant strides toward being and experiencing a more joyful, abundant and wonderful life?

With much love,

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  1. Sara says:

    What a lovely post, Payson. My 2014 word of the year is Embrace.

    Embrace – my family & friends – and even certain Frenemies (hate that word, but I have friends who mean well, except it comes out all wrong).

    Embrace – opportunities and challenges, success and failures.

    Embrace – Life. I’m going to let myself Pause more and give more Hugs – myself, my baby girl & others.

    Happy 2014 to you & everyone stopping by here.

  2. Payson says:

    Love that word and what you describe here Sara! Just beautiful – look forward to hearing how it goes and how it helps to frame your year. Thank you so much for sharing + Happy new year to you! xo, Payson

  3. Denuele says:

    Connect! My word for 2014 is CONNECT…
    I want to connect more to people; face to face, hand to hand, heart to heart. I vow to get out from behind my computer screen and out of my office and meet new people. Since I am turning 42 this year, that # also keeps popping up for me..hmmm 42 new, meaningful, and inspiring connections in 2014, I like it!

    Happy New Year and thanks for a great reminder!

  4. Payson says:

    I like it too Denuele!! Love the idea of 42 in 2014! Guess that would mean 3-4 people/month – which seems totally doable! What a great word – CONNECT. Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing and happy new year to you too! xo, Payson

  5. HI Payson,
    Acutally, my word this year is very business oriented yet there is deep internal growth needed to accomplish it. It’s Publish. I have been writing a column for a parenting magazine for several years. This year I am determined to publish the articles as a book. I get stuck knowing who to ask for help so I often don’t ask anyone and nothing happens. My secondary word may be courage or risk. I’ll ponder this more. Thanks for the post.

  6. My word for 2014 is caring. My goal is to truly care for those that I come in contact with–even those that make me want to run in the other direction. To equip myself, I must first really care for myself, then spread it to others. Happy new to everyone, and continued success in 2014!!!!!!!

  7. Payson says:

    Hi Cynthia!
    Thank you for sharing your word – and, I love it! If you are looking for someone to help you, I may have just the right person, so feel free to reach out if/when you are ready and I’ll connect you with her. She’s a book coach I’ve been working with on my book project and she helps people with all different types of non-fiction book projects.
    Thank you for the comment, and I look forward to hearing that your book is published this year! xo, Payson

  8. Payson says:

    Beautifully said Regina! And, so true – we don’t have the resources or ability to truly care for others unless we care for ourselves. Wonderful word and wonderful focus! Thank you for the comment and happy new year! xo, Payson

  9. Hi Payson, My word will be “Thrive”. Although I was required to come out of my position in corporate America almost two years ago, due to advancing R.A., I began a quest of finding something that I could do from home and on a limited schedule…something that would contribute to others and become financially self-sufficient. My hope is that ultimately my example will help others with challenges that seem overwhelming to not wither in a corner and fade away. I am releasing my third book (it’s the first of a ten book collection). I will thrive in spite of any challenge.

  10. Payson says:

    What a wonderful word Linda!! And, a beautiful story behind it – love it! Look forward to hearing about the new book – and wish you massive and continued success! :-) Happy new year! xo, Payson

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