I feel like resolutions are boring and cliche. I also don’t like them because I read an article that said 88% of resolvers fail to achieve their goal! To those of you in the Bead Circle Facebook group that resolved to bead more, I’m perfectly ok with that. To those of you who resolved for the 5th year in a row to lose weight, get organized, or save more money, well I think there’s a better way.

2012 word pen, design for my 2013 word pen, and my awesome vintage calendar

Try Word-of-the-Year

I like choosing a word of the year because it helps me get clarity. A word is something that stirs my soul versus resolving to do something I “should” already be doing. One of my friends has chosen “Healthy.” Two other friends have chosen “Focus.” Last year, I chose the word “Emerge” to uncover who I really am as an artistic entrepreneur. I made a beaded pen with my word on it, and carried it in my purse all year as a constant reminder. I discovered that my aesthetic has a sort of vintage, old school feel with clean lines, and that I like to incorporate other materials into my beadwork such as decoupage, ribbon, and fabric. I taught more classes, and discovered that I’m really great with beginners. I started going to networking groups, talking about my work, and began to really embrace that I am a master at what I do. That was a huge step for me!

My word for 2013 is “Completion.” Its a little long to put on a pen, but as you can see in my pattern, I managed to make it work. I feel like there’s so much potential in what I start, but I haven’t been as good at the finishing. This website is a good example. Doing the podcast and connecting with you brings me so much joy, and I want to do more of that. I started two beading projects, Rajah and Yuletide, over two years ago! I will joyfully complete both this year.

Resource: If you would like some guidance for choosing your own word of the year, my mentor Christine Kane has created a free Word-of-the-Year Discovery Tool. Check it out at ChristineKane.com/word.

When you have your Word, share it with us in the comments below.
Happy New Year!