My Four Words for 2013

Another year has dawned upon us. It’s 2013 and a new start.

For those of you who have been following my blog for awhile, you know that I have a core set four words that I use to center my life. But I think for 2013, I’m going to also focus on a specific set of words to help me reach my goals.

  • Balance. I will be on a high-profile software project for most of the year. When I first found out, I wasn’t that happy about it. I knew it would only mean less time for writing. So instead of me being resentful, I will use this opportunity to implement balance and find a place for writing in my life. My goal is to find that balance until I decide on a job that can better complement my writing.

  • Focus. Guess what I learned in 2012? Multitasking is a myth. So I want to try to focus on one thing at a time. Prioritize and learn to give my true attention to the task in front of me. It won’t be easy but I think I will get more accomplished this way.

  • Depth. I was very happy when I finished my novel project last year. A miracle considering my limited time. My goal was to start the submission process, but in my heart I know the novel still isn’t ready. So before I can truly move on to the next project, I need to add more depth to this novel. The good news is that I know what must be done.

  • Forgiveness. This is the most important word of all. Even with all the preparation and good intentions, things will fall apart this year. I plan to forgive myself when things don’t work out instead of beating myself up when things slip. I will forgive myself because I’m only human and I’m doing the best that I can with what I have.

The year is new and limitless. Anything can happen. What are your plans for 2013?


  1. says

    I love the idea of choosing a word (or words) to encompass your year. I’ve chosen a word myself and will share it on my blog later today. Good luck with your goals this year, and happy 2013!

  2. says

    I love the way you reflect on what you need to do in your life! These four words are making me think about what I want to focus on to improve my own life this year. Thanks.

    • says

      Our mind is such a strong thing. I think I got lost in a fog last year — it’s amazing I got anything done. This year, I’m not going to stress out. It’s going to be all about these words in 2013 for sure.

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