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cologneI’m not one much for resolutions, but I do love the idea of being reflective about what’s passed and intentional about what is to come.

At the start of 2013, I wrote a blog post in which I declared my “word” for the year: Evolution.

In last year’s post, I wrote that: “Evolution is what I’m experiencing in every aspect of my life: my role as a mother and wife and daughter and sister, my journey as an entrepreneur and small business owner, my awareness of my body’s strengths and weaknesses as I age, my personal path as I become a more in-tune, self-aware, and spiritual being.”

When I wrote that, I didn’t know I’d be moving abroad only 8 months later, and that the word would encompass so much more than I could have imagined. Funny how that happens…

But now, it’s time for a new word. A new theme, really. After spending some time journaling about the challenges and gifts of the past year, I thought about 2014 and what I hope to create. How I hope to feel. What I want more of in my world.

The answer came to me in a millisecond: Acceptance.

To me, acceptance is a blend of letting go of control and embracing what is. As I’ve been learning over the past few months, it’s not an easy thing for this Type A semi-retired control freak to master.

In fact, this theme might be sticking around for more than a year. Maybe five. Maybe ten. Maybe forever.

My intention, for now, is to notice where I want to work on letting go of control and embracing what is — accepting — with regards to:

  • my writing life
  • my coaching practice
  • my role as my son’s mother
  • my role as my son’s homeschool teacher
  • my relationships with friends and family
  • my relationship with my 44-year-old self

So, that’s the plan. But hey, I’m not going to be attached to the outcome on this one. It’s going to be a work-in-progress.

I’m curious…what is your theme / word for the year? And why?