Word for the year

With the start of the new year, its time for a new word...a word that will focus my energy for the months ahead.  Better than resolutions, it seems to me to be more positive...

I started picking out a word a couple of years after reading about this practice on other blogs...last year's word was "essence"...to delve more deeply into my art, both in terms of execution as well as intent...

As I began to ponder a word for this year, I knew that it would need to be broader than just thinking about art...the Southern Man and I have plans in the works that will influence every aspect of our lives here...so I thought my word might be "determine" or "decisive"  or  "resolve"...but the more I thought about it, the more I couldn't decide...which seemed rather ironic given my word choices!

And finally one day, it occurred to me...as I was working on a new collage...my word is "direction"

I need to have a direction to follow...a path/road/map as to what will unfold in the months ahead...
like the branches I collected from my yard after the weekend wind storm...

they generally point upward...but there are some branches that break off to the side...while others are tangled within, twisted together...

Everything does not need to align perfectly...but I need to have a sense of where I am going...so "direction" it is!
edited with kk texture 100 - color at 75% and soft light at 51%

Do you pick a word for the year?  Care to share?

joining the group over at Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday...why don't you join me?


  1. Nice Post!
    My words are:
    Understood and Understand.

  2. Wonderful, my word for your blog.

  3. Great word choice. You're the one who turned me on to picking a word last year. This year I've picked imagine. I look forward to living with my word during 2014

  4. It's a great choice, Amy...and I love the quote, too! I love reading everyone's word choices...so interesting how a word just speaks to your life...

  5. Love the quote and it sounds like a good word. :) I'm not a word picker for the year but always looking for "direction" every single day.

  6. I love how you cropped the photo of branches, and the use of "direction" in comparison. A great word. This year I'll be "simplifying".

  7. Lovely post! I like your word for the year too!

  8. Beautiful post. I like your word. I didn't pick one this year.

  9. Less is more (3 words)...I think this is my best bet!

  10. Beautiful pictures, the first one is my favorite!

  11. Great word and one I haven't seen yet, surprisingly. Now you have me wondering what in the heck you two have up your sleeves. :)

    My word this year is Intention.

  12. everyone's words are so eloquent...and inspiring to see the positive direction that everyone wants to be going...thanks all for sharing - I appreciate it!


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