My Word of the Year, 2014

Happy 2014! I am so excited to be writing the first blog post of 2014 on About a Mom. You haven’t seen a lot from us since before Christmas, because Laura (Mom) and I have been taking a bit of time off from the blog. It’s been a glorious break and opportunity for us to renew, re-energize and be inspired for a new year. I have never had a word of the year before, but it seems to be all the rage in the blogging community. My friend, Kelby, from Type A Parent sparked a lively conversation on Facebook this morning when she asked about everyone’s word for 2014. After giving it some thought, I chose a word that has a variety of meaning for me and represents some of my goals for 2014.

Renew - My Word of the Year, 2014

The word RENEW speaks to me for a number of reasons. The word itself means different thing. It means to make something new, fresh, or strong again. To revive or reestablish something. It also means to begin or take something up again – to pick up and finish something you started previously, and to do it with more enthusiasm or force.

my word for 2014

Taking some time off has really helped me to focus on what is important in 2014. I am so excited about renewed inspiration and renewed focus for the new year.

2013 was a great year for About a Mom, especially the latter part of the year as we forged many new relationships and secured some new revenue sources. It was also a year of big ideas and plans. Sadly, some of those plans never really got off the ground and others halted shortly after they started. For example, our new site Doggy Digger which has sat for months without new content, after just a few blog posts. This new pet blog is something Laura and I are both very passionate about, and 2014 is going to be a big year for Doggy Digger. There are some other unfinished projects that I want to pick back up and make time for, like an expensive online SEO class that I only half way completed. Revamping our Pinterest boards is another unfinished project at the very top of my list for 2014.


I was feeling very run down toward the end of the year, but am grateful to begin this new year with a sense of renewal, enthusiasm and excitement. I am ready to pick up where I left off!

What is your word for 2014?

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  1. I love that word renew. I took a vacation as well and that’s exactly how I feel. Sometimes breaks can be a good thing, well needed as well. I don’t have a word but if I did it might be re-energize. Happy New Year.

  2. Very inspiring post,, Thanks for sharing!

  3. I chose “prosper.” I want to flourish and grow in all the areas of my life this year in positive ways.

  4. Renew is a great word, I have not decided what my word is yet.

  5. That is an awesome word for the year. I am still working on my word…narrowed it down to 2.

  6. Happy New Year
    I have no idea what my word is yet either

  7. I need some time to renew too – I am still feeling a little burnt out after the holidays.

  8. I hope you have a wonderful renewed new year!

  9. My word for 2014 is perseverance. I want to persevere in all areas of my life….health, devotions, exercise,finances, etc…

  10. Ya know what? I’m with ya! I feel totally renewed now that it’s the first and I am so excited to get a move-on! Happy New Year to you!

  11. I love the word renew. I love that it signifies not starting over, but making better or starting fresh. I can’t wait to see all that you will be doing in the new year.

  12. Renew is such a great word right now, I think I might claim it as my 2014 word too! That and stability!

  13. I love your word! I need to think on my word a little longer. :)

  14. love your word, lady. i need to renew my search for a word!!

  15. I love your word of the year! Glad you got some time to reflect and hope this year is full of renewal for you.

  16. If I were to choose a word I’d want it to be: Laughter.
    Need to have more of it and laughing is very good for you.

  17. I love this! I have also experienced a bit of self-reflection/metamorphosis as of late. I completely agree with the quote that living life only inspires work. We often spend so much time working, we experience life very little when quite the opposite is true. Good luck in your new year! I’ll be looking forward to connecting with you.

  18. this is so inspiring, I would love to take this outlook for 2014

  19. Love your word of the year. I’ve done a word of the year for the past two years, but haven’t determined my word for 2014 yet. Btw, how is it already 2014…can it still be December? I have a few more things I wanted to get done :( Making this a priority for this week.

  20. I think that is a very relevant word for the year. I don’t know what my word would be….maybe focus? I definitley need to focus on myself.

  21. My goal is really simple for 2014…keep doing exactly what I am doing now! I am in a happy place and just want to maintain it!

  22. I love your word and hope you a year of renewal!! !! Today I’m only feeling one word: Tired!! I need a new word I think! lol

  23. Oh, I love that word choice. I really need to choose one for myself.

  24. What a great word! I think this is a great way to start the new year. I am not one to make resolutions. I am more of a goal setter. I like Renew because you can restart things on your to do list. I think I will steal your word and use it for myself. :) Thanks!

  25. I want to renew my love of painting.

  26. What a great choice of words for the new year. Renewal is so important to enjoying life!

  27. I love the word you chose. I chose focus. I need to focus more on where I want to be and why I started.

  28. i think my word is moment. like living in the moment.

  29. Renew is a great word! I never decided on a word but I feel like my word would be organize! There are so many areas of my life I plan to organize this year!

  30. That’s a good word to choose. I haven’t even sat down to think of my goals and resolutions for this year, nevermind a word! But the first thing that comes to mind is “grow”. I want to grow in so many different areas of life this year!

  31. Great word! I need to come up with one for 2014 for myself! :-)

  32. Renew is a good one. Got to have those naps in there if I’m going to keep up with a toddler!

  33. I think it was Soleil Selene that used the word intentional for her new year and that really hit home with me. I have a tendency to flit and be unfocused with time and whatnot so I really like what that word could mean for me in that regard and in so many others. However, I’m gonna keep going half-speed until Monday…gotta break myself in gently ya know.

  34. Renew is a great word. I have to pick a word for myself.

  35. Relax is going to be my word. I stress out too much for my own good!

  36. Amy Desrosiers says:

    I did renew as well and took a few days off around the holidays! It was wonderful!

  37. I was also feeling very run down by the end of the year. It took almost two weeks for me to be able to even consider actually writing again. A lot of my problem had to do with procrastination, so my word for the new year is Productivity.

  38. I like the word you have chosen as your word of the year. There is something comforting and fresh about it.

  39. Renew is a great word Ang. I went very simple with the word Better. I am not going to beat myself up over not being the best. I am going to work hard to do better and love myself as for the effort.

    • Better is an awesome word, Chrishelle. I like it much better than best, because best kinda sets up for failure and adds a lot of pressure.

  40. Fabulous word and I love that quote. My word is persevere!

  41. Glad you’re back after regenerating your blogging batteries, that’s often a great thing to do. I actually saw the conversation on Facebook about what your word for the year was but I decided not to participate because I haven’t really decided on one yet. Renew, is a great choice for a word though.

  42. I also feel renewed and ready to tackle some unfinished projects. I want to focus more on my blog, and I would like to finally get my website up for my dream of having an online store. I just have to hold onto my motivation. I hope this is a great year for you and all of your projects.

  43. I love your word “renew”. I think that is so powerful and I think I’ll add empower to my 2014 word list!

  44. That is a great word to choose. I don’t know if I could choose just one.

  45. I love your choice! My word is Family- it’s such an obvious choice but since we’re adding a new baby this month and I’ve been trying to be even more present &involved with the family I already have, it fits.

  46. Love your word.
    I’ve been thinking about mine for awhile and will share it this week.
    I realized I’m better when I work w/ others vs. working by myself.
    So it’s related to that.

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