My Word for 2014: Do

Stop thinking and just do it -
Until last week the thought of choosing a word for 2014 hadn't even crossed my mind. Then I read Jennifer's post about her word of the year, which is finish, and thought to myself, "That is a genius word! That should totally be my word for 2014." I had every intention of stealing Jennifer's word because I'm always starting one project or another, without ever finishing them. As I tried to make a mental list of my unfinished projects that I wanted to finish in 2014, I came to a startling realization. I only THOUGHT about starting all those projects, but I never got around to actually starting them.

When did I become the kind of person that only thought about doing things?  Because I wasn't always like that. Once upon a time I was a fly by the seat of my pants kind of gal. If there was something I wanted to do, there was no stopping me. I would just do it, without so much as a thought or a plan. Then of course half-way through, my project would come to a complete halt because I hadn't really thought it through.

But now things are completely different.  Now I'm the sort of person that thinks too much. I tell myself that the timing isn't right or I have too much on my plate already, or I worry about what other people will say or think. Never in my wildest dreams would I have wanted to become that kind of person. That kind of person lives with all kinds of regrets. Life is too short to live with regrets, and that is not the kind of person I want to be.

They say that recognizing that you have a problem is the first step to recovery. So now that I know I have a problem, I can go about fixing it. That is why I have chosen the word DO as my word for 2014. Gone are the days when I used to just think about doing things. 2014 is the year I'm actually going to do them. And believe me, there is a lot I want to do this year.

I know it's not going to be easy to change my ways and I know it's not going to happen overnight.  I just have to remind myself that when the doubts and/or fears start to creep in that is when I need to be like the Nike ads and "Just do it!"

What's your word for 2014?


  1. This is a great word for 2014! Mine is Embrace. Embracing change and life.

  2. I like this one. I didn't have a word of the year but have seen several of them around - yours is definitely my favorite so far!

  3. Sounds great! How's it going so far. My word is Productive! I'm doing better, but I'd still like to see myself become more productive in all areas of my life! #SITSBlogging