Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Pause

The Yellow Light on 29th Street, 2012

My word for 2013 is pause.  I simply want to step back more often and notice what is around me, consider the choices I make, the way I spend my days.

And you?

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  1. I've been thinking about it this week; I think my ord is grow this year. I like yours, though. Looking forward to hearing (and seeing) about your pauses in th coming year.

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    1. Oh yes. Grow is a good one, Anja. I believe it's what most of us want.

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  2. What a terrific word. Mine is focus. I'd like to focus more on the good when needed, be intentional and simply be in the present moment. A slowing down and focusing feels just right for 2013.

    I hope your holiday was a good one. Happy New Years, dear Denise!

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    1. I know you'll do well with all you've outlined here, Alexandria. It's the way I already see you via your blog and poetry selections.

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  3. It's more a sentence than a word. It's "show up and get wet". I finished reading Daring Greatly and there is a passage where she shares a story about her daughter being afraid of going to a swim meet for fear of not being good enough. So Brene tells her what if your goal is to show up and get wet.
    I am always afraid of not being good enough, of how I will be perceived, will the outcome be good enough... I will try to embrace the journey more in 2013

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    1. Oh, that not being good enough fear. Not fun. I love Brene's solution! Thanks, Imene.

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  4. A wonderful word - mine would be slow. To slow down and be present in the moment rather than thinking four steps ahead. Enjoy 2013 Denise - I think it will be a good year for all. Annie x

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    1. Slow. Pretty close to mine. I believe it will be good too, Annie. Enjoy.

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  5. Good word, Denise. I also enjoyed reading all the others'. Mine is "now." Hopefully this will help stop any procrastination... it's already been very effective for the one and a half day into this year. :)

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    1. I've read starting out the way you want the year to go is helpful. It seems you are well on your way, Sandra. Bravo! Pat yourself on the back. Now.

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  6. Mine is "yes". Yes I'll try that, yes, I can be there. Yes, yes, yes. When presented with anything new but first thought is "no".

    I'm going to show up and get wet whenever possible.

    So glad your word is pause not pose.

    Happy New Year.

    xo jane

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    1. I love that showing up and getting wet too, Jane. And your yes yes yes. Cheers to a soggy year. PS No drinks since the end of November. Thinking of continuing.

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  7. I love this word, Denise. So appropriate for so many of us in this hectic life.

    As you know, my word is health.

    I'm excited about 2013!

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    1. Cheers to a healthy and exciting year, Kate!

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  8. Your word, as well as all the words above, are useful and have value. I'm working on my word, though PAUSE is always good one, everyday. :^)

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    1. Thanks, Janis. I find seeing what everyone else is reaching for inspiring.

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  9. It's the perfect word. And though I chose something different (success), I have also been actively working on stepping back and noticing what is around me...it's helping to calm my mind a little. I hope 2013 treats you well Denise! Looking forward to following your adventures.

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    1. Thanks, Rachel. Calming our minds is worthwhile. Often easier said than done, but I think I'm improving.

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  10. I love everyone's chosen word. My word will be "faith".

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    1. Good one, Michele. I hope your year is starting off well.

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  11. Ah yes, pause -a very good word and intention indeed. I think mine will be patience. I definitely need more of that.

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    1. Yes, patience. I understand, Kath. I am not beyond improvement in this area.

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  12. Denise: not only do i love your word, I also love that your resolution is ONE word. Mine is "people" (well, really, this is how I had phrased it originally: "channeling only the positive side of people"). P.s. the light in the room of the photo is incredible.

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    1. I like your original phrasing, Amelia. I'd love to know how to do this.

      We loved the morning light in that little apartment.

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    2. i know, it's my quest. I have to bite my lip and stop on my tracks every time I feel the need to judge others, remind me myself of this challenge... oh boy it's so hard to do...

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  13. Great word! Mine is breathe. I spent a lot of 2012 being stressed, and of course everything worked out just fine. So I need to remember to take a deep breath, and let it go.

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    1. Those breaths are so important, Liz. I wish you many soothing breaths in 2013.

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  14. i want to take the time to be more organised about what i want, whats important, respecting myself x

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  15. I like it.
    my word is engage. I may come here to pause if that is OK.
    happy new year Denise.

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  16. Love this.
    I want to listen closer to my children when they're speaking to me... too often I say my uh-huhs and oks w/out hearing a word they've said. To do so requires pausing, too. Which is tough when you're going 100 miles per hour. But everyone knows it's so much safer to drive the speed limit.

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    1. I understand those uh-huhs and okays. I'm working on them too.

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  17. As well as listening more...thinking before I speak...more...I am going to just try take time to just "be". Happy New Year.

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  18. I like pause. Mine is contentedness.

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  19. Oooh good word, pause! Last year I felt like I shifted around between a three words. First it was grace, then surrender understanding, and last trust. Sometimes it was all three. The beginning of this year, visible seems to be resonating for me. We'll see where that leads. As always your images and words feel so peaceful, calm and strike a great sense of beauty.

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    1. Thank you, Annette. I hope "visible" is feeling good to you.

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  20. I don't have a word. Last year's was "embrace" and I was partially successful with it. I love the word PAUSE. It relates to my favourite word which somehow became my blog handle. (mosey, in case that wasn't clear)

    I wish you many pauses in 2013. And? Hello!

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    1. Hello! Ah, yes...mosey. You understand. I hope your 2013 is beginning peacefully.

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