Friday, January 3, 2014

making 2014 count // FOCUS.

there is something about red lipstick, a clean white tee, and an infinity scarf that wraps around your neck at lest two times that makes you feel....invincible. maybe it's just me. or maybe it's because i was stuck on the couch for two and a half days where the act of getting fully dressed alone (not literally alone. i am capable of dressing myself...emphasis on the act) makes me feel like i can conquer the world.

and now that i am no longer on the couch surrounded by disgusting, used kleenexes and smelling of cough drops and medicine, i am able to grasp that fact that i have woken up to a brand new year...and the spiderwebs and snot are no longer clouding my head that i can look ahead to the stretch of a brand new year.

to be honest, while laying on the couch, i didn't feel the excitement i normally felt about the new year. i felt a cloud of dread. 2013 had so many highs (and to be honest, a lot of lows too) that i couldn't think of how a new year could top it. also as of late, i had been feeling stuck and scattered and easily distracted.

or maybe it's too much cold medicine kicking. so yeah, that, too.

speaking of distracted, that brings me to the question on the table presented by the lovely ladies of the make it count link-up: Many people choose a word to reflect on, live by, or aspire to for the New Year.  Let us know your word, how you decided upon it, and how you hope to incorporate it into 2014.

my word of the year is FOCUS

i want to stay on track of my goals and i know i can only do this with absolute focus. and really, that can go so many direction. but first and foremost, i want my ultimate focus to be on my relationship with Jesus. without my focus entirely on him, everything else falls to the wayside: Set your minds on things that are above, not on earth (Colossians 3:2) 

and in focusing on Christ, like an overflowing cup of water, the rest will spill over into the other parts of my life that i want to focus on from being a better wife (i do not want year 2 of marriage to be a year of complacency - i want to be even better) to thinking more of others than myself to becoming a better writer (pushing myself beyond my comfort zone). i also want to focus on the present moments instead of worrying about the future or wrestling with things of the past.

so there you have it. raw. real. transparent. no cold medicine involved either.

let's make 2014 count, shall we? bring it, on two oh fourteen 'cause i'm so ready for you.

linking up to the make it count 2014 link-up. you should, too! let me know if you did and i'd love to read your post. it's such a great way to encourage and inspire one another! 

much love.
{happy friday, friend.}


  1. Great word for the year! I have a feel this year will be a wonderful one. :)

  2. Good luck!

    I remember feeling similarly after 2012. I had a good 2012, but then 2013 rocked me hard. It changed me and made me different. That's the magic of the future, you never know what's waiting in May and July and September -- but it's there and could be good and it could be bad, but it will change you and make you grow no matter what.

    Happy 2014!

    1. you are so right, jenn. your words are a huge encouragement to me. thank you!

  3. focusing on your goals is a great word!! i need to add that word to all my goals too!! :)

    Sandy a la Mode

  4. yes. amen to this. taking the words right out of my mouth.

  5. i'm so glad you're feeling better Ilene! if i had to choose, my word for 2014 would be patience. i need to have more patience with myself and with everything that's happening around me. thanks for this post!

    cute & little

  6. That's a great word! amen indeed. I think my word is "push." I really just need to start pushing myself harder!

  7. I think focus is ideal word for 2014. With my new baby, my work, and a husband on the road with the band for several months starting in a few weeks, the near future feels a little overwhelming. Focus and clarity are going to be so important!

  8. Love that word. Can be used in so many ways but yet, ultimately always has the same meaning.

  9. Amen and amen! I'm so excited to see what this year has in store.
    I love your word choice - my word for this year was trust, but I think focus is very important too.

    Many blessings on your new year!

  10. Hope you have a blessed new year, Ilene. 'Focus' is a great word choice. Mine for the year is 'hope'. xoxo

  11. Love this, can I borrow your word??? I need to focus too, so many life changes going on!


  12. Oh, I love this so much! You couldn't have said it any better - focus on Him, and the rest will spill over! YES! Wishing you a very Happy New Year! xo

  13. Focus is definitely the word that I need to remember for 2014! I hope you had an amazing new year and I'm glad that you are feeling better! Cheers!

  14. This is a great word for 2014! It's so important to put our focus on Jesus above all other things, and I know I for one am guilty of forgetting that. It's really simple, though, if our focus is on Him, then everything else should work out anyway because we will be living our life according to His will. I hope twenty fourteen is a year of focus for you, and thanks for the encouragement, I hope to do the same!

  15. Love, love, love. And I agree about the red lipstick..instant self-confidence.

  16. I love the idea of a word for the year~ my word is "grace". We can do it!!!

  17. Focus is such a great word! I feel like that's my second, non-stated word for the year :) I chose Joy for my "official" word, which I'm loving so far, but I'm hoping to focus on so many things that mean so much to me this year.


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