The sunrises keep drawing me in.
Each year, for the past several, I have chosen a single word to guide me through the year. I know many bloggers now do this, and I don't know how it works for them, but for me, it has been incredibly powerful.
In 2010, I had finished a year of great difficulty in my parenting and had a desire to shift how I was feeling and being, so I chose the word calm. Calm is how I wanted to feel when responding to my children. Of course it isn't perfect, but I now try to hold that word in my mind when I respond to them.
In 2011, I welcomed the year pregnant with our third child and I wanted very much to turn inward and care for myself, the baby, and my family. We were also making huge dietary changes for necessary reasons and so I chose the word nourish. We lost that baby and so I held onto nourish in other ways...mindful and soulful self care became very important.
In 2012, with the desire for a third child still strong and unfulfilled, and with struggles (again) with Lala's schooling, I chose the word hope. Again, I clutched that word to me, and even though my reasons for choosing the word gave way into other hopes, I know the power of hope, because there is so much to be grateful for.
For 2013, we are choosing the word renewal.
May 2013 bring a renewed sense of calm, nourishment, hope, light, life, joy, adventure, clarity, direction, love, and peace. Happy new year!