My UNword for 2014




I’d like to go on the record right now by saying that this is the first time in my life I’ve ever had a “word” for my year and the only reason I have one now is because Lara made me do it {she’s also been making me do all kinds of reflection and vision-y stuff and goal setting.  it’s cray}.


So, let’s just start there.  Fine.  I picked a word.


happy little lovelies: word of the year


The reason for this word is probably a whole other post by itself but in short, I’ve seen my tendency to want things to happen but not make a plan for it.  There are things that I should be doing and I know it.  Things that the Lord has put in our hearts to do.  Things that are just simple acts of stewardship and wisdom.

So a year goes by and I still want to make strides with my health, run a race, stick to a budget, pay off debt, go on adventures, be a little less distracted, have a clear business plan for my shop, etc…. but I wasn’t able to make the progress I was hoping for.

When I say “intention” I don’t mean the kind the road to hell is paved with {didn’t your mama ever tell you that thing about the road to hell?}.
I mean the kind that leads to action and keeps it going when things get hard.
I’m setting out to have a year of more action and less talking about action {which is hard because, y’all.  I like to talk.}.  Grace from Jesus and the vision He’s given me for doing things that matter with my life has given me energy to keep going with a total house purge, go {quite literally} from the couch to a 5k, draft a new budget and start paying cash for our groceries.  I have a loooong way to go, but this sure beats just blogging about the stuff I want to do!


When The Nester blogged about having an unword, I perked up.  She talked about it this way, “The UN-word is a word that you are rejecting for the new year. You would like to Un-Do it.”

My issue has been waiting.  Stalling out.  NOT starting.  Procrastinating.  In a short and simple word, delay. So my UNword is…


happy little lovelies unword

{I know you’re all picturing a big ol’ redneck fella yelling “andele!!” at a bull fight.  Me too.  It’s ok.}

I want to stop waiting for all the conditions and circumstances and emotions to be juuuust right before I start anything big.  Starting is the hardest, right?  I just want to start.  Even if I fail, I’ll know that I tried and didn’t just think a million thoughts about what might happen.
So this year, I reject DELAY.
I really like this verse:
So think clearly and exercise self-control. Look forward to the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world.
{1 Peter 1:13. Other versions said “gird up the loins of your mind” so gird up those loins, girls!}
Do you have a word that you are deciding to reject for this year?  What’s your “unword”? We know we can’t change our year with just picking a word, but nothing will change unless we get our heads on right. This is a good place to start. :)

Linking up with The Nester, Fieldstone Hill Design, Life in Grace and The Painted House

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8 Responses to My UNword for 2014

  1. Jessica T says:

    This is my first year for a word too…the unword is cool too.. thanks for sharing!

  2. Gina says:

    Love this. I have word for the year, purpose, but I LOVE having an unword. Thanks friend! Love your posts.

  3. Sandy says:

    Well that’s a great word I didn’t undelay sending a comment. I need to tell my husband the word intention.hanks for sharing.

  4. preach. With this un-word thing I cooked up, I am discovering that we all are struggling with the same things. SO refreshing! Thank you for joining the linky party!!

    • Dana says:

      Such a good idea! Thanks for making it a thing! And I agree. Sometimes seeing the theme across the blogosphere helps me keep going. I need that too. :)

  5. Caitlin says:

    I love un-delay! I also keep on pronouncing it as a Redneck saying ‘andele’ .. lol too funny!

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