word of the year 2013

Thank you each for your sweet comments and emails regarding my last post on burning out and letting go.

It was truly a year of learning and growing for me, and I continue to seek that Peace that only comes from Him.  It was a strange, hard year.

But the good news?

I’m creatively energized and inspired.  I’m mixing colors for paint, sketching out some new designs (can’t wait to share this with you!), pulling fabric swatches, hanging art, and styling window spaces.  I’m not creating out of guilt or weight or burden–but out of inspiration and joy.

That’s an excellent place to be.

Like my good friend Edie told me, it’s less about balance for folks like us, and more about renewal.

Words of the Year 2013 | perfectly imperfect

While I tried to narrow it down, these 2 words kept coming back to me.  It’s not about just one of them.

They go hand in hand.

It was always two words for me.

I can be a bit complex, you see.

This year, my resolution/goal list is SO long, it’s shocking even to me.  I am reaching this year.

I’ll reach for the stars and the moon and fall on my face and start back over again because I can feel it’s what I’m called to do.  I will write and try to publish, I’ll paint and create and I’ll reach for success in the shop.

I’ll keep on reaching in this beautiful journey of raising my children Up and I’ll love Matt a little more.  I’ll reach for fretting less.  I’ll reach harder than ever to remain healthy and happy.

I’ll reach for God because it’s where I’ll find all the other.

And when I wear thin, when I feel myself slipping, I’ll take the time to renew.

Here’s to a beautifully complex 2013.

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8 Responses to word of the year 2013

  1. MaryE January 3, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    Lovely! :)

  2. Kate M January 3, 2013 at 11:34 am #

    What perfect words for 2013 – I wish you and your family a very happy new year!

  3. Julie January 3, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    Because I have known little peace over the past three very stressful years, my word of the year is shalom. Of course, I figured I could define it however I wanted so it now means, “Glorifying God by living in right relationship with God, with self, with others and with the rest of creation.” I figured that it is the goal that counts, not how close I come to actually achieving it.

  4. Tiffini January 3, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

    well said!! and knowing people like “us”;) you will reach and achieve much more than you ever dreamed of..i really appreciate the falling on your face part cause that happens to me…a lot!

  5. Beth January 3, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

    RENEW was my word, too. The word was weighing on my soul for weeks. I feel that now that I have adopted the word- it is beginning to happen. This is the great thing about life- you don’t have to continue or accept your circumstances. You can renew yourself, your relationship with Christ, your health, you marriage…friendships. The list goes on and on!
    I have enjoyed watching you blossom this year and I know good things are to come for 2013!!!

  6. Tami K January 4, 2013 at 7:19 am #

    I would have to say my ” Word” is going to be for 2013 – “Re-Purpose” I believe I need to do so with so many things in my life this coming year and I can’t wait to ” Re- purpose ” so many things …… Great post thanks

  7. allison January 5, 2013 at 11:50 pm #

    Love this. You’re precious!!

  8. ZoeAnn January 7, 2013 at 7:19 am #

    Shaunna Happy healthy new year to your family! Thank you for all 2012 blogs- I have learned and been inspired by your words. I look forward to reaching and renewing with you in 2013.

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