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My One Word 2014

While on twitter the other day, I saw where people were committing themselves to One Word instead of New Year’s Resolutions. Sounded interesting so I decided that even though I have made some goals for myself this year, I would like to choose one word that would encompass everything. Sort of like a way to focus.

A lot of my goals for 2014 are for myself- like running, reading, teaching, blogging. So the initial word that came to my mind was ORGANIZED. Because let’s face it-without being organized I will never accomplish what I want to. I even talked to my husband about this one word focus. He said that he was going to be a better husband to me this year. I told him-NO, NO it has to be just one word. (Insert here-STUPID GIRL, why didn’t you just let him DO THAT??!!??) πŸ™‚

So he decided organized would be his word, too, seeing as we have 80 acres of land that’s divided into 3 sections IN 3 DIFFERENT PLACES. AND he works full time, we have cows, horses, donkeys. Oh, he also takes care of about 150 head of cows for a guy in another county. WHEW! Good word for him.

Later on that morning, the word CONNECTED came to my mind. I’m already connected online. Definitely! But I need to be more connected with my family-mainly my 3 kids-mainly my youngest. She’s 19 1/2 and in my opinion has chosen paths for the past 2 years that aren’t good ones. At least not ones I want for her. πŸ™‚

THEN it happened. She called me and asked us to come to her house. She needed/wanted us to get rid of something that someone had left in the yard. Something that frightened me in a way. Not to go into too much detail here, but when we left her house and I got back home, I cried. For the millionth time in the past 2 years. That was NOT how I had wanted 2014 to begin. And in the midst of this crying, feeling sorry for myself, hoping for better things for her spell-the word came to me.

BELIEVE. Believe that things will get better. Believe in God’s power. Believe that I will reach her again eventually. Believe that a new direction will be found. Believe in God’s power.

And then I realized that this word BELIEVE would encompass ALL things in my life.

Believe I can run consistently again.

Believe that I can hold my tongue when needed.

Believe that I can stop being so judgmental of people.

Believe that I can be organized.

Believe in my ability to teach and teach well.

Believe in reaching my reading goals.

Believe in attempting and accomplishing teaching/blogging goals.




Now, if you’re still reading this post and haven’t been thrown into a slumber πŸ™‚ you should check out the book that inspired the #oneword action.


I downloaded it to my kindle and read it- It’s a short and very inspiring read.

This is my favorite quote from the book:

” Your word shapes your character. Your character influences your actions. Your actions influence others. The lives you touch and the impact you have determine the story that will be told about you tomorrow.”

And then I created 2 word clouds on Taxgedo-one for my husband and one for me. I printed, trimmed, and put on our bathroom mirrors.


I changed the color and printed another one for my little office. And check out the little plaque to the left that I already had. See the word Believe? πŸ™‚


I have really been focusing on my word throughout each day. Like REALLY focusing on it. Here’s one example of how I tried it out yesterday.

I took the 7.5 ft Christmas tree down by myself and packed it away. During this process I said (repeatedly):

” I BELIEVE I will NOT use any bad language.”

And I didn’t!! See? It’s working! πŸ™‚

BELIEVE is now all around me.

Even last night I was reading a picture book about Santa Claus-Well, you guessed it-the word BELIEVE was all in it!

Oh, and yesterday? My daughter called and talked to me for 1 hour and 14 minutes. I BELIEVE. πŸ™‚

So there’s my story.

I bet you didn’t BELIEVE I was ever going to finish telling it. LOL!

What will be YOUR word for 2014???

20 thoughts on “My One Word 2014

  1. Hi Shannon,
    I love your post, and your word! Believe– a word we all need πŸ™‚ I also love that I now know there is a book, and I love that you made a Tagxedo! I am going to read the book and make a Tagxedo with my word. Thank you for being so inspiring! I hope to run more this year also. My outlook is always better when I do! Happy new year!

    • Jennifer,

      Thanks! My husband mentioned just last week that I have more energy when I’m running consistently. And I do-I can feel it! Here’s to our words, our running, and all that 2014 has to bring!

  2. Shannon, you are amazing! I really connect with you. I have a son I will start believing better things for, too. πŸ™‚ I want to be more organized also, and I will believe that I can do that better. Three major events with family happened the past two weeks where I had to use the charge card. I will believe that I can pay it down fast. Thank you for all your posts, your honesty, and humor. Aloha ~Cindy

    • Cindy,

      Even though I would never wish things on someone else, it still feels good to know that there are other moms (parents) out there that have difficult times with their children. Sometimes I feel so isolated-ESPECIALLY when I browse facebook!! πŸ™‚

      To me BELIEVE is such a strong and powerful word that can encompass anything you need it to. Thank YOU for being so cheery!! πŸ™‚

      Oh, and my school is closed tomorrow because of cold weather! YIPPEE!

  3. This was wonderful. I’m still working on my one word. Getting close. Continue to believe your daughter will make it. I’ve been there. My “challenging” daughter is now 22 1/2. BELIEVE things will get better. If you had asked me about her when she was 19, I would never have believed she could be who she is today. In 2 days she starts nursing school (with a partial scholarship – truly unbelievable!). 3 yrs ago, she had just about flunked out of her 1st and 2nd try at school. Persevere. Let her know that no matter what she does, nothing will make you give up on her. But at the same time, make her earn your trust and financial support. It’s tough work parenting a challenging child, but the rewards are great. Thank you for your blog post.

    • Janet,

      You just brought tears to my eyes!! Lots of people tell me that she will find her way, and that she will come back around to me in a few years. Every now and then I see glimpses of the Taylor that we raised, and I just want to reach in and PULL HER OUT AND KEEP HER! πŸ™‚ But for now I will just believe that things will work out for the best. I just want her to have a happy and easy life!

  4. I loved this, Shannon πŸ™‚ I first saw this “One Word” thing on Sheila’s blog yesterday and just loved the idea of it. I’m thinking if I make something to put around in spots, like you did, perhaps it may have an effect, but of course, with me, these type things blend in with the surroundings pretty quickly and no longer stand out after a short while. I’m not committing in any “official” way, but decided my word will be “Accomplish.”

    Also, I never heard of Tagxedo. I’ll be checking that out! πŸ˜€

    And, in respect to your daughter, I find the best way to help a parent’s words of love and wisdom stick has a lot to do with delivery and content. I do know that whenever serious matters came up with my son (he’s now grown and married), that was when I was at my calmest. I didn’t start screaming (that was left for repeated, daily aggravation lol), pointing a finger or making him feel worse than he already did, which is why he knew he could trust being honest with me (he knew the one thing I would never tolerate was lying). It also made a difference with how much he truly HEARD what I was saying and the points I was making. He didn’t rebel or close his mind. We had very direct, honest talks. He never was under the impression that I was “perfect,” that I knew “everything,” or never made a mistake. I told him the ones I made that he needed to hear so he could learn from my experience, not parental jibberish, and gave him examples of others. Of course, some things should be kept vague, simply because I believe some details should NOT be shared between parent and child, especially when it’s between mother and son, or father and daughter.

    To me, if you’re consistent and steadfast with your love and guidance for as long as it takes, your “child” will eventually learn and hopefully change once he/she is ready πŸ™‚

    And, good luck, everyone, with your “One Word”! (Didn’t know there was a book, too! lol)

    • Donna,

      One of the biggest problems I’ve had with her has been the lying which has made it HARD to trust anything she says!!

      Hopefully, she will mature and see that there are no benefits to lying. πŸ™‚

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