Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year 2013... and my word...








Happy New Year 2013 everyone!

For the first time we officially rang in the New Year last night all 4 of us along with Crosby.  We let the boys stay up with us.  We snacked and watched tv and were a very content group.  


Do you notice our drinks of choice?  One of these things is not like the others... hmmm.  

Well the boys naturally drank the sparkling cider.

And Superman and Stella are joined at the hip on the rare occasion he sits down to relax.

So that leaves the Vitamin Water.  Who in their sane mind would ring in the New Year with Vitamin Water?  

Ah, yeah.  That would be me.  I technically set it aside for the official New Year's toast.  

But it seems I am either coming down with another cold or perhaps fending one off.  Colton has been plagued by a gunky status since the beginning of Christmas.  I think the germs have never vacated the premises, despite my warfare against them.  And I completely acknowledge that Vitamin water is really just sugar, water and engineered vitamins- but to me its hydration with a little flavor so I can tolerate it.  


We're still in the midst of moving the office home.  We've displaced a lot of our personal "storage" for the office desks, computers, printers and equipment trekking home.  So we're sorting and throwing and donating and sighing at our hoarder-like tendencies of years worth of "stuff."


I've sort of backed into my word this year.  I've actually been resisting it a bit and perhaps just being way too choosy altogether.  What I've noticed lately, is my inclination to hesitate.  To sigh, to make a face, or shudder, at some of the things we've faced.  Its almost second nature.  

I eventually surrender, or adopt a positive outlook.  


But what if I just decided to lean in?  What if I just put my arms out and opened them wide.  Because the journey will unfold despite how resistant I am, or hesitant, or down right scared.  

So what if I could just wrap my arms all the way around the experience?  What might I find?

I'm ready to find out.

I'm choosing the word...  





Embrace:  

a : to clasp in the arms : hug
b : cherishlove
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a : to take up especially readily or gladly <embrace a cause>
b : to avail oneself of : welcome <embraced the opportunity to study further>



Because the truth is... sometimes its more of Vitamin Water New Year's Eve, then a "Stella" celebration.  Why not just embrace the journey that is? 

I wish everyone health, peace, love and joy in 2013!  All my love and blessings to each of you in the New Year! 











40 comments:

  1. Dear Vicky,
    all the best for the new year!!!
    Embrace is a great word for 2013!!!
    Hugs and kisses,
    Barbara

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    1. Barbara, thank you so much! All the best to you in the New Year!

      Bussals!

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  2. Vicky, I am just now writing my one word post! Like you, I took my time this year. And feel like a bit of a copy-cat at the realization that my word is similar to what you had chosen a few years ago. But here we are: embrace, and joy. Hey, embracing joy sounds good. That's what we can do when we're together. I love the embrace photos. Perfect to express the word. My joy photo will be an oldie but goodie too. :) (Stayed tuned, posting in progress...) We rang in the new years with Loganberry catawba. That's not all that far from vitamin water. :) Here's to a New Year full of wonderful embraces. :)

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    1. I looked for your post last night and could't find it- but will try again shortly :) Excited to see your "joy" photo- I am sure it will be spectacular :) Embracing and joy certainly do go hand in hand :)

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  3. Oh Vicky...I'm not certain what I expected your one-word to be, but when I got to the 'reveal'...embrace,it paralyzed me for a moment. Stunned at the lesson I sensed for myself...silenced by the depth of grace in your life...the choice you've made took my breath.
    I want to hear every thing you learn this year as you embrace your journey. I know you are showing us the way to lean in. I'm such a thrasher.

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    1. I hope I bring as much intention and thoughtfulness as you always do to your word Robin. You garner tremendous wisdom and I am hopeful to glean even a small bit if I can :) I think I chose the word partially because I too have been prone to thrashing- so I am just going to try :)

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  4. Well, I just posted my own word (which I've never done before) and then headed over to see if you've posted and I see the reveal of your word. It is beautiful and exactly as I would expect from you. You are so full of grace and sweetness and kindness as you navigate all of this. And those pictures are pure perfection and could not illustrate your word any better.

    I, too, have a cold I can't kick so I fully understand the Vitamin Water. I have one sitting here with me at my desk as well. Praying that you start to feel better soon.

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    1. Yay- another convert!! And "do" is such a great word- I can see it in so many ways. Will be excited to see how it shows up in your life :)

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  5. Your photos depict so well the grace in your heart. Blessings as you embrace this new year ... one day at a time.

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    1. Susan- ahhh, so true- one day at a time is the key to embrace I think- and perhaps some days it will be one hour at a time. I always appreciate your wisdom and perspective- they've taught me so much!

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  6. May you enjoy a Happy, Healthy, joy filled 2013!!! and What a perfect choice for a word...

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    1. Karen- thank you! I'm a little anxious about my word choice but am willing to wear it and see just how well it "fits"

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  7. What a well-considered and perfect word, Vicky! You have had so much to embrace, but it seems that your heart knows no bounds. Happy New Year to you, Superman and your boys.

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    1. Happy New Year to you Bonnie! Thank you for your considerate words always. So good to have you visit and I wish you all the best in the New Year!

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  8. I'm glad you could spend New Year's Eve with your family. Blessings to you and your family for 2013. Good luck on the new office situation.

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    1. Thank you so much Lisa! Blessings to you and yours in the New Year :)

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  9. I love your word and the pictures of you with your boys...so precious! :)
    I can just imagine the wonderful posts you are going to write with that word. Looking forward to them:)
    My word is Give.

    Happy New Year! (I'm a vitamin water girl too)

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    1. Kristin- I think give fits you to a T and I too am excited to see all the way your word manifests itself in your life :) Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  10. I am truly looking forward to your posts sharing "EMBRACE" with us this year. What a powerful word and concept....and the photos of you with the boys simply drive it home, right to the center of my heart. Wishing you and your family love, grace and blessings in the coming year!!!

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    1. Hi Jane~ thank you for your gracious and kind words :) I wish you and yours all the best in the New Year!

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  11. First of all, I can't get past those beautiful photos of the embraces.
    Sigh....Love, love, LOVE!!
    Next, that gunky, funky, nasty cruddy stuff is completely covering our continent. I've decided that. I don't know anyone who isn't sick or is getting over being sick. Here's hoping that the crud leaves your household in a hurry.
    Love you....you know that.
    I'll be back.
    You know that, too! :))
    Hugs a bunch,
    Jackie

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    1. So far it hasn't leveled me and Colton seems to have it the worst. Am hopeful we are rounding the corner... but also acutely aware that its just been a virus of some kind and thankful its not the flu!!

      Love you too sweet friend!

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  12. It's a perfect 2013 word!!!
    I LOVE IT! :)

    xo,
    Michelle

    ps hope you get better soon.

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    1. Thanks Michelle- thinking about you and hope YOU are well sweet friend :) Will check in on you soon :)

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  13. Sounds like a lovely New Year's celebration. I too love Vitamin Water. And I love your choice of One Word. I am embracing this year and all it holds right along with you!

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    1. Thank you Barbie- so happy you are embracing right alongside of me!! Happy New Year!

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  14. Great word and I also have heard if you take an onion and leave it out, on the counter or in a room, it will pick up bacteria that is lingering and then after few days the air is clearer and you just throw the onion away. In the 'old days' that is how they cleared rooms, by placing onions and garlic where it can 'pull' in the bad bugs.
    worth a try. You just throw the onions away and start another one. Do a google search about it.

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    1. I will have to add onions to the grocery list- how intriguing and I am certainly game to try! Thank you for your suggestion :)

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  15. I wish you a ☆ :: * Happy-New-Year * :: ☆ From Japan.!! God bless you during 2013!
    Ryoma Sakamoto.

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    1. Welcome Ryoma! Happy New Year to you! Thank you for the blessing of your kind words :)

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  16. My Sweetheart,

    all the best for 2013!!!

    Your "word" ist great and wonderfull! I love it!

    At the moment I dont know the right word for me ... I know what it should said but I dont have it as ONE WORD! So I wait und I think it will come to me ;-).

    All the best for you and bussal from germany!

    Mimi

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    1. Mimi~ I can't wait to hear what your one word or one phrase ends up to be!! I know it will be super no matter when it shows up for you :) I wish you health and happiness and a multitude of blessings in the New Year!! Bussals!

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  17. Onions to be sure are good to breath in this New Year. I think I haven't met one person not afflicted with the cold germ. Its a devil of a germ that refuses to go away and keeps jumping back to you. Nick has it for over 2 months now and he gave it to my husband and me and we can't get rid of it.
    Anyway Vitamin water is good, Lysol the air in the house and may the New Year return to you most importantly .......HEALTH!!!!!
    May your family continue to be happy and winners in hockey games.:)
    May God Bless Vicky

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    1. I've looked into the onion and it seems worth trying :) Thank you for your well wishes and I pray that your health is restored soon too!!

      God's blessings to you and yours Vic!

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  18. Hi Vicky, I have to share this bit of information because I know it will help you:) Try Emergen C in the pharmacy department by the cough drops. I love love love this product and you can take it daily(1 packet a day) especially during the cold/flu season. I hope you will try it. I am a pharmacist and recommend to my customers:)

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    1. Hi Nancy- thanks for that excellent piece of advice- I will look for it next time I am out running around. It sounds like the perfect thing to try! Thanks for taking the time to let me know- I appreciate it!!

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  19. Love your word. Happiness to you and your family!

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    1. Thanks Marla :) Best wishes to you and yours in the New Year!

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  20. Perfect word, Vicky. I too have problems embracing change because of fear too. But, we save ourselves a lot of stress and worry if we just go with the flow. Something I have tried to learn over the years! :0)

    Blessing to you and your family in this a new year. Hope those germs vacate your home soon!

    Take care!!!

    Eileen xxoo

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  21. Hello sweet friend and Happy New Year!! I hope you are feeling good! I said many prayers as the new year rolled in and one was for you!!

    I love your word - pefect!!!

    I have chosen encourage - and I will post about it later today!

    Love to you!!
    xoTiffany

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