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Words. I love them. Words. I live by them. Words. I love to define them and allow them to define me. Words have the ability to change us, mold us and reform us. Words are so incredibly powerful.
Words have both the power to destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.Anonymous
So many of us spend hours writing new lists for the new year, a list full of goals, mostly full of numbers, of hopes and dreams we desire to achieve for the coming year. Our bodies and minds are full and exhausted from a holiday season, we tend to feel overwhelmed and burnt out from a long-winded year and we are hopeful for change, hopeful for goals met and life changes to help guide us into the new year. We all have that list. The list of all the things we AREN’T doing, or COULD BE/SHOULD BE doing better.
Now, I personally think it’s a GOOD idea to stay away from number defining goals because YOU are MORE than a number, your worth cannot be defined numerically, and you can read more on my thoughts on worth here. And sometimes we need that, sometimes we need to be able to have a set list to guide us, but what if instead of a list of numbers and a list of requirements. What if we instead focused on a word – ONE WORD, one word to be our course, our path, our destination for our heart for the coming year. And that is just what sweet Lindsey, over at Stamped and Finch does. She focuses on a word, she spends a quite a bit of time in prayer and silence, listening to the words that will define her for the coming year. And I absolutely LOVE that. I love that she takes her love of words and allows them to speak to her, to her heart, and aligns it with what she hopes and dreams for in the coming year.
What is YOUR word going to be. Take some time, think it over, pray, meditate, do what you need to do to figure out in your hearts of hearts what your word is going to be for the coming New Year. Is 2019 going to be a year of growth, or strength, of rest, of taking chances. Listen to your heart, listen to your mind, your soul; what do you most desire. What word embodies your deepest of hopes and dreams. Let that be YOUR word. And once you have your word, OWN IT. Wear it. Embody it.
Is this going to be the year that you take a step out of your comfort zone and ARISE. Or is this going to be the year that you take a stand against fear with COURAGE. Or are you going to rekindle your FAITH or allow the desires of your heart to be fulfilled and fully THRIVE. What is this year going to mean for you? What word is going to make you COME TO LIFE!
This is not the first time Stamped and Finch has been featured on gracefulandfree, and I am almost positive it will most definitely not be the last. You can check out the first post I featured this amazing business in over here. Basically, Stamped and Finch is my MOST favorite jewelry line, not only because the owner is a sweet friend, but also the sweetest and most genuine soul you will ever meet. Plus, her and her sweet hubby are in the process of adopting a precious baby and all the profits of her amazing business (Stamped and Finch) are going to their adoption. Which is just even sweeter. And if you are into reading all about sweet, heart-pounding, tear-jerker stories then you should go read about their journey to adoption here.
So as you embark on your new journey into year 2019. What is your word going to be? And once you have that word, own it, embrace it, rock it. Let that word define you and guide.
“Let your word be a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”Pslam 119:105