While doing a little blog hopping yesterday I stumbled across this idea called One Little Word. I love the idea of calling a word your own for a year, a word that will be your mantra, the word that you will apply to your life for a year.
While LOVING the idea… picking the word was a bit more difficult than I had anticipated. After all… I have to live with it. I tossed around the idea of “motivated”, and “Thrive” …. and then finally after looking at the list and the definition of the words that didn’t quite fit, it came to me before I seen it…
: to hold someone in your arms as a way of expressing love or friendship
: to accept (something or someone) readily or gladly
: to use (an opportunity) eagerly
I prefer the verb version as to the noun. I am thinking more of this as accept (which was possibly going to be the word but I like embrace better.
And this is really what I mean:
Embrace everything. I like that. There was a time when I used to say no thank you a lot. A lot. Friends would invite me to go do things, weekend trips, movies, etc, and I would almost always say, “no thank you”. At the time I would use the excuse that I had to be home with the kids, or maybe I didn’t know some of the people going with and the introvert in me didn’t want it to be awkward…
It’s odd to think of that old me now. I am quite the “Yes” girl and if I can say yes, I usually do. I have come to terms that life is too short, too precious to live it on the sidelines watching others live it. The word EMBRACE fits right in with that mind set. I want to embrace new things, I want to challenge myself and them embrace the outcome. I want to wholeheartedly embrace LIFE.
So there it is. I think I am going to find myself a little something at an Etsy shop, or make it myself that says embrace. I love the idea of owning a word for a year. I will embrace the challenges, the goals, my job, my family, my friends, the good and the bad….
Are you ready? What’s your word? If you decide to do this, please go to the original site and say so, but also… I would love it if you would leave your word here with me too :)