Saturday, January 4, 2014

One Little Word 2014

The other day I had the nagging feeling that I needed to participate in Ali Edwards' One Little Word this year. In years past, I've chosen a word, but by the end of January, it was always out of my sight & just became a pretty scrapbook page. Maybe because of all life has thrown at me in the past year, I feel that I need to choose a word & embrace it; really live it this year. To help me do that, I've signed up for Ali's class & am excited to see how this experience will shape the year forward.

Although I was set on participating in the class, choosing my word was entirely difficult for me. I really wanted to find a word with meaning- something I knew I needed to focus on. After a lot of deliberation, looking at definitions & articles, I've decided on

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I was a bit unsure when I read the definition, but as soon as I Googled "acceptance in life," and found this article on the power of acceptance, I knew that this was my word.

“Of course there is no formula for success except, perhaps, an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.” ~Arthur Rubinstein

This year, I have a lot of things that I need to accept & look at positively, such as my daughter's health and whatever challenges we may need to face with her development. 

I also want to accept that my best is good enough, and that I do not need to strive for perfection each and every time, because it is wearing me out, literally

I also need to accept what happened with my pregnancy last year & make some big decisions on the best way for our family to move forward. 

So 2014 is going to be about 'cultivating acceptance,' which I think will lead to a happier, more at-peace me. 

11 comments:

  1. Hi Meghann what a good word.. Sometimes in life we need to accept things we cannot change.. In my own life this work really speaks to me. Thanks for sharing xx

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    1. Exactly, Sandra. I think this word should be with me for many years...

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  2. Hi!
    This is also my word for this year...I too have thought about it over the years,but like you, it has 'escaped'...I am determined this year to stick with it...

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    1. Awesome, Laura! Here's to sticking to our words for 2014!

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  3. Hi, Meghann. Although I just found your blog a few days ago, I wish I had found it last year. I am a NICU nurse for over 25years and could have been a big support person for you. I can understand why you chose the word you did and seems pretty perfect. In your world it is a day at a time and no need to look further ahead! Your little one is perfect!

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    1. Hi Leslee! What amazing work you do. Our NICU primary nurses are angels & now family friends. They genuinely got us through so many hard, hard days. Yes, we think Lizzy is pretty perfect & amazingly strong. Thanks for commenting!

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  4. "
    I also want to accept that my best is good enough, and that I do not need to strive for perfection each and every time, because it is wearing me out, literally. "

    yes.
    yes.
    YES.
    it is exhausting.
    so, so proud of you for realizing this now.
    please email me if you EVER want to talk it through, i have had those same feelings so so so many times.
    love you!
    xoxo

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    1. It took me long enough, huh?! I think it's gotten even harder for me this year because of the design teams that I'm on. With all of the talent out there, I'm always so hard on myself. Thank you SO much for your comment & offer of support! XO.

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  5. With all that you and Simon have been through and the love of family and friends I think that is a perfect word for you! Love you kiddo

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  6. What a beautiful, appropriate word--can't wait to see what 2014 brings for you and your beautiful family!

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  7. Love you OLW! That was mine last year!!!
    My OLW this year is Surrender.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Wishing you all the best in 2014!

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