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by the lakeside journal

embrace

If you have been following me for awhile, you may already know that I choose a guiding word for the year.  I'm not sure where it first originated, but I discovered this practice through Ali Edwards and have been enjoying the process ever since. 

Some years my word jumps out at me quickly and with complete assurance I am set.  Other years, like this one, I am unsure and jump around trying on different words each day or so with no feeling of 'this is it'.  I've been searching for my word for weeks and weeks and finally settled on it New Years Eve.  I ended up choosing Embrace which was the one I had initially thought of.  It just took me a little time to get back to it.

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I love this word and think it is exactly what I need to remind myself of who I am and where I am going.  It is a reminder to love and cherish my family and myself, regardless of what life throws at us.  To take all of the hard work I have put into my business and push forward.  Embrace who I am in my mid-forties, unapologetically.   I want to live in the present and embrace the everyday moments.  I want to love all the moments, even the hard ones because they are what make me who I am.

I'm not one for making huge changes in the New Year.  And I know the common message everywhere seems to be a backlash against any change at all, because it presumes there is something wrong with us to begin with.  But choosing a guiding word is simply a way to strive to be better in small, everyday ways.  Staying positive and knowing that there is beauty in it all.  

It is such a messy world, but I want to embrace what this year has for me and my family the best way that I can.

 

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