I have been a devout one little worder for several years now. You can read a recap of past years HERE. Thinking about one little word for the year transformed the way I thought about New Year's resolutions or goals (what we called them around here). I still thought about my goals for the upcoming year starting in December and then looked for a common theme or element that connected them together.
I had a horrendous October, November and December and really thought I needed some word support (amongst other forms of support) to pull me out of the darkness that I was in. I considered several words: conquer, overcome, strength, determined, story and brave.
This year my one little word came to me slowly. At one point, I considered having two words (one for the first half of the year and a new one for the second half) but that somehow seemed so wrong! The more I talked about my word (thank you crafty girls for all your suggestions and input) I realized I was really needing strength from within to heal and move on. So strength it will be.
Strength to stay determined and work through the pain and get mobility back in my shoulder.
Strength to persevere and work through the academic process of PhD completion once I am off of medical leave from UBC. I promised my mom...it must be done.
Strength to not let myself fall into the vortex that is always there, ready to pull me in.
Rebuilding the strength within my family, that was tested and neglected the last few months.
With such a late decision on my one little word this year, my traditional Vintage Pearl pendant won't be arriving until later in February so, even though I abhor malls, I made my way to the Pandora store in Richmond Centre and bought myself a strength bead from the new Essence collection. I love it.
So strength it will be.