Word for 2013 – Live

As we rolled into a new year I read several other bloggers claim a word that they want to represent 2013. I know that I’m about a month late but I’m putting my 2013 word out there…LIVE. Not to be mistaken with the 90’s rock band famous for “Lightning Crashes”. Like in “to live abundantly”. I chose a verb for my year because I want to remind myself that life is really just a series of choices stacked together that turn into days…days that turn into weeks…weeks that turn into months…months that turn into years…years that turn into decades (hopefully). But it can be broken down into intentional choices.

After I finished my cancer treatment it was easy for me to get trapped in the mindset of “waiting”. Waiting to see if the cancer comes back. Waiting for the side effects to go away. Waiting for things to change. Waiting feels passive. Living is active. Making choices to be the person God created me to be is “living abundantly”. So here are a few things that I will choose to shape my 2013:

  • Waking up every morning and taking a moment to breathe deep and be thankful for a new day and new mercies
  • Filling my home with good food, good wine, friends and laughter
  • To look at each day and recognize what I can control and (attempt to 🙂 ) let go of what I can’t to God
  • To not allow bitterness to color my life but focus on the blessings I have and the hope I have in Jesus for healing and restoration
  • To run and enjoy the outdoors
  • To embrace ALL the emotions in my heart…good and bad…no numbing, hiding or escaping…just being present
  • To plant a garden
  • To write 1 blog post a week 🙂

I am curious if you choose a word for the year? I’d love to hear it if you do.



life more abundant

12 thoughts on “Word for 2013 – Live

  1. I’ve been working on “lightness” Lightness in spirit, lightness in heart, lightness in body – allowing myself to let go of all I can’t change and to make choices that keep happiness and healthiness in the forefront.

  2. Last year my word was Mover. Had no idea that I would be moved within my dreams, goals, and even location. This year my spirit wanted Establish. It’s like the complete opposite of mover so I’m excited to see where it takes me.

    I’m excited to see you Living! 🙂

    • Ooooh…establish…I like that! I am excited for you as well. I’m so thankful our paths have crossed and look forward to see where yours takes you. xx L

  3. Man, you nailed it. I find myself “waiting,” too. Waiting for a new symptom. Waiting for the next visit. Waiting to see how long I can go before it comes out of remission. Sometimes I even feel like I’m holding my breath, waiting. Your decision to LIVE is good advice for anyone, but especially cancer patients. My word for the year is LOVE – the verb. I want to love my family, friends, and those I come in contact with in such a way that they feel loved and cherished . . . special. The focus has been on me and my cancer for so long now – I need to shift my mindset outward to others instead of looking inward so much. Blessings to you, Lynnea! Pray you are feeling well and strong today!

    • Thanks Rachel! I like your word too…and it is so true that loving well is intentional. Also, good for you on stepping back from blogging 5 days a week. I was wondering how you managed that pace but you always had such good things to say. 🙂 Happy 2013. xx L

  4. Hi Lynnea – I know I’m late but started reading your blog only yesterday! LOVE IT! Working my way all the way through.
    Can I share it with my friends on Facebook? You have A LOT to say – good things, things people should read. 🙂
    My words for 2013 are TRUST and JOY.
    Based on Pro 3:5-6 and James 1:2

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