for the last several years, i've chosen a word of the year. it becomes my focus. some years it's been out of necessity to keep going and other years it's been something i want to keep as my focus and work on throughout the year.
i'm betting most of you are familiar with this idea because it's become a trendy-ish thing to do in the christian community. i'm usually against joining trendy things, but this is one i love because of the intentionality behind it. i'm sure you could randomly choose a word and hope for the best, but that defeats the purpose in my mind. i start chewing on what my word might be around thanksgiving and usually have my verdict by mid-december.
once i've decided what my word will be, i start thinking of fun ways to remind myself throughout the year. my inner crafty nerd loves this phase. recent years have ended up like this...
2013 & 2014
2013 was a year of crisis and heartbreaking news. hope was the only way to wade through the muck and come out on the other side.
2014 was a year of continuing to wrestle with the ripple effects of such deep sadness coupled with the desire to move forward.
2015 was the year i walked in freedom and chose to be fully known and fully loved. i tattooed libete, which means freedom in creole, on my foot because haiti is where the rumblings for freedom first began.
[it's harder to read in this pic, but i love it because i'm sitting on my friend's rooftop overlooking the village of minoterie in haiti.]
2016 is the year i'm purposing to rest in the knowledge that i'm chosen by God. i am loved more than i will ever know.
live unashamedly :: laugh uncontrollably :: love unconditionally