The Appreciation Factor

All things Appreciation: Things to Appreciate and the Ways we look at, Show and Think about Appreciation.

Word of the Year 2013


This will be a slight departure from my usual posts that focus on appreciation I know, but candidly, I was so inspired by a post I saw on The Lettered Cottage, that I couldn’t shake it from my thoughts when I was trying to decide what to publish next.  Plus the more I kept going back to their blog, the more inspired I became to take this “challenge” on.

I’ve decided to select my own “Word-of-the-Year”

Per the Lettered Cottage, the objective of “Word-of-the-Year” is to choose one word that has the potential to inspire you and create intention in your life.  Whenever you think about that word, it should reinvigorate you and get you back on track if you’ve strayed from a goal that you may have set.


I’ve been thinking long and hard about what word would be best suited to me for the coming year.  While I’ve frequently set annual goals vs. resolutions, I’ve rarely thought of a word that would sum a year up, or in this case, kick it off.  I’m thinking of this “word” as more as a mantra; a word that I can refer back to when I need to pump myself up or to call upon as a reminder than there is always a next step or hope.

My word for 2013 is:


I know it goes against Yoda who said, ” Do or not do.  There is no try,” but this works for me.

I think at times we get stuck and only think about all of the negatives and reasons why we cannot do something.  If in 2013 I can focus on “try” then I can say, “I have nothing to lose if I simply try.  At least I will have made an effort, as who knows what the outcome will be?” So going forward, I’ll continue to “try” to do my best; “try” to see if there is another solution or another person who can assist; “try” again if I have fallen down or temporarily failed; and “try” to find small things to appreciate and cheer me up when things look bleak.

Let me know what you think….

Inspired?  What to participate but need some “word” ideas?  The Lettered Cottage had a follow-up to their initial “Word-of-the-Year” post — a “link-up” party where others posted their “words.”  You can check it out here.

8 thoughts on “Word of the Year 2013

  1. Love this post, and it has led me to pick a word for 2013. I’ve chosen APPRECIATION. Hope I can hold to it.



    • Pam… that’s great that I inspired you… Hopefully I’ll be able to help find/suggest things and people for you to Appreciate in the coming year! (Or ways to appreciate someone – don’t want to forget end of the spectrum either!)
      Thanks again for the comment.


  2. Great post. Thanks for the link to the Lettered Cottage.


    • You’re welcome (and thanks for commenting!)… Loved their blog when I saw it… I also saw another site that had a great write up about “word of the year” .. but unfortunately I didn’t jot it down.

      I will share if/when I locate it as it was worth a read. Plus their other content was great too!

      Hope you’ll find a word that’s meaningful for you for 2013!


  3. I’m loving these Word of the Year posts! “Try” is definitely a good one – Mine is “open.” I posted about it not too long ago if you’d like to check it out:


    • Chaney – thanks for commenting on my blog… and I like Open. It has so many contexts where you could apply it to your life.
      I’ll definitely check out your post on the subject. Feel free to follow me or stop by again.


  4. TRY is a great word! truly fantastic!!!! My word is Breathe… and it has been a whirlwind 22 days already!


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