Creating A Magical 2014

I like choosing a word of the year because it helps me get clarity around what I would like to create in my life. A word is something that stirs my soul versus resolving to do something I “should” already be doing.

My 2013 word-of-the-year was Completion. Even though I did not complete the two projects I mentioned specifically in last year’s blog post (oops, just realized it, too!), I completed many more things on a daily basis. If it took 5 minutes or less to do, I did it right then instead of letting it pile up. My email inbox usually had 50 messages or less. I also focused on the completion of scary tasks like my Bead and Button teaching application, and I was accepted to teach 3 projects. Woohoo! The word completion reminded me that its all about the baby steps we take towards our goals, day in and day out, that really matter.


My 2014 word-of-the-year is Joy. I realize sometimes I take things too seriously. When approached with a life challenge, I want to think “how can I make this fun?” I want to do the dishes with joy just as I bead with joy. I want all the good stuff to float to the top of my thoughts and I want to be able reframe things in the positive, in the moment. Above is the pen I’m creating with my word on it so I can be reminded of it on a daily basis. To create your own pen, you can download my free eBook that includes instructions, my peyote alphabet, and graph paper.

Tips for choosing your word
I usually think of a couple words and try them out in my mind. One will stick above the others. I try other words to see if one is better, but if there’s not another one I like better after a couple days, I know I have the right one for me. My advice is to get quiet, listen to your wise self, and it will come to you. Here are some example words for you to try out:


































































When you have your Word, share it with us in the comments below so we can start the momentum of creating a magical 2014!
Happy New Year!

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  • avatar Jenn S (FotoJennic) January 1, 2014, 4:28 pm

    Self Love, most definitely.
    Happy New Year!!

  • avatar Betsey O'Kellly January 1, 2014, 4:31 pm

    My word is Faith

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth January 1, 2014, 4:47 pm

    Jenn, I definitely grew into understanding the importance of self love. I think especially as women we give and give doing the “love your neighbor” thing and ignoring the second part of that quote “as yourself.” Enjoy your “you” time :)

    Betsey that’s a fabulous word, thanks for sharing!

  • avatar LindyLou January 1, 2014, 5:07 pm

    I adopted my first word just over five years ago. “Acceptance” helped me to look at reality that year and discouraged my forming a fantasy version of what was going on in my life. Years have passed, each marked by a word I could hang personal development on and in 2014 I will be guided by “Connect”. Connecting is the key to relationships and truthful understanding and my friends and family are too important to me to grow further apart from, as I had been doing.

    Happy New Year to all of us!

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth January 1, 2014, 5:15 pm

    LindyLou, Wow, thanks so much for sharing your experience with us! I think Connect is a great word, and may all your relationships grow and blossom. Happy New Year!

  • avatar Jackie Severance January 1, 2014, 5:40 pm

    “Determination”-which I definitely need and to stick to.

  • avatar Lori F January 1, 2014, 6:01 pm

    My word for this year is “Relax!” I know that I tend to over-commit myself and then get stressed; going to try not to do that this year…and to do some of the things I WANT to do, not HAVE to do….and not be so stressed about the little stuff at work.

  • avatar Sue January 1, 2014, 6:27 pm

    Mandi, it is interesting to me that our word for this year is the same…Joy. I anticipate learning to have joy in the moment for the simple things and having that be enough. I am currently designing a wall hanging to bead and frame. This helps me keep the word up most in my mind. Wishing you a joyful year in 2014.

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth January 1, 2014, 7:11 pm

    Jackie and Lori those are great words that I think are powerful for each of you :) Thanks for sharing!

    Sue, I’m excited about your wall hanging, and we should keep in touch since we have the same word! Joy in the moment is definitely what I will allow into my life. Thanks for sharing!

  • avatar Carla January 1, 2014, 7:22 pm

    My word is HOPE. Hope for the future, for adventures to come, hope for a peaceful world. There is always hope.

  • avatar Deb January 1, 2014, 8:45 pm

    I’m with you Carla, My word is HOPE

    I have a daughter with C.P.
    Since her birth this has always been my word and she has proven it everyday of her life.

    May be a little silly to some since it has nothing to do with beading but my word HOPE was born 34 yrs. ago with my sweet Angela.
    She is my inspiration for life.

  • avatar Jane January 1, 2014, 8:53 pm

    I read with interest your blog post last year: Resolutions are Boring!. I liked the Word-of-the-Year concept but then forgot about it. This year, I have picked a word: Heal. I hope to use this to help me have a productive and happy 2014.

    I am having fun beading pens for my coworkers. I enjoy the array of color combinations they choose. I have completed 15 so far with 5 more to go. Thank you for the eBook Mandi. It has brought me much happiness.

  • avatar Cheryl January 1, 2014, 9:26 pm

    This is the first time I have heard about your Word Of The Year and I like the idea. I have given it a lot of thought and I feel my word should be “Focus” because I need to focus more on things that I am doing. I tend to work on a project then find another project I like and don’t focus on finishing the first. I also don’t tend to always focus on what people are telling me when they are talking to me. So I feel I need “Focus” in my life this year!

  • avatar Jamie January 1, 2014, 9:49 pm

    My word is Happiness. I lost my husband and soul mate a little over 5 years ago and the happiness had gone out of my life as well as my daughter’s. She has since met a wonderful young man who she will marry in the fall and I am so giddy happy! It isn’t easy as we age to find “giddy” happy, therefore, this year is dedicated to happiness, mine as well as anything I can do to make my friends and family happy!

  • avatar Rhonda January 2, 2014, 2:01 am

    I am thinking of “Healthy” for my word this year. It covers a lot of things. Adopting healthy habits help me to achieve so many personal goals.

  • avatar Ellen January 2, 2014, 2:22 am

    My word is faith

  • avatar Julie Lunt January 2, 2014, 5:07 am

    Hi I thought long and hard about choosing a word and my word is acceptance.
    I need to accept so many thing in my life for instance….. I need to accept my health issues are not going to go away and learn to live with them.
    I have to learn to move on from the betrayed that hit my family last year and accept that karma is there for a reason.
    My biggest acceptance is to believe in my ability to bead well and accept complements.

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth January 2, 2014, 6:44 am

    Thank you ladies for going deep with me and really thinking about your best word!

    Jamie it sounds like you had a breakthrough! Here’s to a very happy 2014 for you.

    Rhonda- As artists its also important for us to take time for beading and leave the dishes for a little later to stay mentally healthy, too :) Great word, thanks for sharing!

    Julie it sounds like this will be a breakthrough year for you too! Are you familiar with Kris Carr? She lives with a type of rare cancer that the doctors said wouldn’t allow her to live past this year. She’s thriving now, and it was her acceptance and beautiful spirit that allowed it. Anyways, thought I should share that with you:)

  • avatar Melody January 2, 2014, 7:19 am

    I’m trying to get your beaded pen book ,but it says I’m already signed up. Please help me

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth January 2, 2014, 7:38 am

    I’ll email you Melody :)

  • avatar Julie January 2, 2014, 9:51 am

    Thanks for your comments Mandi, I have not heard of Kris Carr, but I will look her up. X

  • avatar Robin G January 2, 2014, 10:22 am

    I’m trying to get your beaded pen book but I’m already signed up Is there a way for me to get this e-book

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth January 2, 2014, 10:49 am

    I will email you when I get back to the office :)

  • avatar Cheryl Hamilton January 2, 2014, 11:21 am

    I have two words which always govern my life, equally important, tolerance and appreciation.

  • avatar Cathey January 3, 2014, 5:57 am

    My word of the year is Self-Love because I have to start sticking up for myself.

  • avatar Carol January 3, 2014, 8:11 am


  • avatar Glenda January 3, 2014, 2:42 pm

    As I face serious health issues this year, I have chosen the word HOPE. This is a wonderful idea. i am ready to stitch my pen!

  • avatar Peggy January 3, 2014, 4:33 pm

    My word last year was “connect”. It expressed that I wanted to connect better to God, to spend more time beading (connecting those tiny little pieces of glass!) and that I needed to “connect” better with friends and family. It turned out differently than I imagined! I did make more time for my craft. Then I “adopted” a “niece” and “nephew” (not related to me) and I was adopted by their family in return! This year I am flip-flopping between “immerse” and “elevate”…

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth January 3, 2014, 4:39 pm


    Try flipping a coin- whatever your mind “hopes” it lands on is your word. Our intuition usually knows on a this or that/yes or no answer, and the coin flip helps draw it out. They are both great words, thanks for sharing!!

  • avatar Donna January 4, 2014, 9:53 am

    This year, I want to RECOGNIZE MIRACLES. I know they happen all around me, large and small, expected or not, alone or in groups, prayed for and gifted. I just wish to recognized them – for the gratitude will naturally follow.

  • avatar Marion January 6, 2014, 12:34 pm

    My new word is ‘New’, as in ‘new wineskins’. The Lord gave us this new sentiment, meaning He could not pour new things into us until we had jettisoned all the old stuff which I know I keep thinking of. I keep telling myself, when I find I’m thinking of old hurts or regrets, ‘New Wineskins’. The Lord will pour so much into me enabling me to help other people instead of just agonising over what can’t be changed.
    Great idea, thank you!

  • avatar Peggy January 6, 2014, 5:22 pm

    Good idea! Thanks! Because, of course, I really DO know which one of the two I want! :-)

  • avatar Michele January 9, 2014, 11:56 am

    SPONTANEITY. That is so outside my comfort zone that it will be a challenge. According to the Daodejing, the goal is not to create spontaneity but to recover the spontaneity that we have in us from birth.

  • avatar Linda January 28, 2014, 10:17 am

    Bonjour Mandi,
    My word would be SHARE = PARTAGE (in french). I’ve learned a lot with that simple but beautiful word. Whether we realize it or not, we share a ‘little/big something’ e.v.e.r.y.d.a.y with others. We SHARE and it’s a wonderful feeling that brings joy to all.

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