2013 Word of the Year

This is my fifth year of choosing a Word of the Year.  It has become a fun practice for me.  I love choosing a word each year that I can focus on and work on.  I love to see how the word manifests itself through my year and how it grows and develops.

I also love the process of selecting my new word, almost as much as having the word.  It is always an interesting process and I love to watch the selection of the word unfold in my life.

As I have said before, I don’t find my word – it finds me.  This year was no different.

I actually had several words I had been thinking about.  None of which I ended up choosing.  Then on December 14th we were all shaken to our core by the shootings in Connecticut.  It was a hard day.  There was a mass of emotion – anger, sadness, disbelief, the list goes on and on.   Several weeks later, I still can’t look at pictures of the faces of those whose lives were lost that day without shedding tears.   How could such a horrific thing happen and to children?  We will never fully understand what happened or why it happened.

That day I was reading through my Facebook feed, like many of you, I came across the quote from Fred Rogers.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”  —Fred Rogers

I love this quote. We can’t stop the ugliness that happens in life  but we can “look for the helpers.”  But more importantly we can be one of those helpers.  One of the many caring people in this world.

Later that day I came across the following photo in my Instagram feed.

photoThere it was – my 2013 Word of the Year.  Or rather words of the year.goodness and light

We can not rid this world of the bad and the ugly.  But we can be a source of Goodness and Light.  My word and goal for this year and the rest of my years is to always be a source of Goodness and Light to those around me, to those I come in contact with on a daily basis.  To do what I can to bring goodness and light to this world.

These words have a double meaning for me.  Not only do I want to be a source of Goodness and Light but I want to live my life so that I always look toward the true source of Goodness and Light.  That I live my life in such a way that I am worthy to partake of the blessings that come from the ultimate source of Goodness and Light.  My Heavenly Father.  I am grateful for the Goodness and Light that is in my life because of Him.

When I think of the word light and goodness I am reminded of a scripture in the New Testament that I love.

Let your Light Shine Before Others

So this year, through this blog and with my daily encounters with people I will strive to always be a source of

Goodness and Light.

Tomorrow  I will be having  a fun giveaway that will feature your Word of the Year.  Come back tomorrow to share your Word of the Year and if you don’t have one yet – get busy!

To read about some of my past Words of the Year:

2012 Word of the Year

2011 Word of the Year

2010 Word of the Year

2009 Word of the Year

To read more about What I Believe go here.


 Leigh Anne

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Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Jill Rummel says

    Love that you pick a word for the year. Have you read the book One Word that will change your life by Dan Britton? A friend of mine from high school has been doing this every year for awhile and wrote a book about it. Though you might be interested.

  2. Vicky says

    I started my word of the year 3 years ago when you posted your word for that year. It was such an inspiration for me and I’ve done it each year since. This year my word in INSPIRE, but I have also added a phrase of the year with subcategories for each month this year. My phrase of the year is I AM and each month I list a subcategory for January it is Grateful. so each day of January I am writing something I am grateful for on my calendar. I wrote the category word at the top of my calendar and each day writing something I am grateful for. In February the category is Loving so I will right something or someone I love on the calendar and continue on throughout the year. I am grateful for you and your sharing all your ideas with us.

  3. Valerie A. H. says

    Leigh Anne, I know Heavenly Father is smiling down upon you with your choice of words for the new year. I bet he’s thinking, “She get it!” What could be better than spreading
    goodness and light?!

  4. Shirley says

    My new word for the year…is Patience…I need to be patient and wait on the Lord to guide me in everything I do..more patience in my kids, marriage and even in my biggest hobby which is Quilting…My children and grandchildren and one great grandson are my blessing everyday from God..and they all call for a lot of patience on my part…so with a lot of prayer and Patience I can do anything…thanks for your blog…I read it everyday and you already have Goodness and Light…so keep up the good work…thanks so much….

  5. auntie m says

    Such good words for the coming year.
    I think that December day has changed me forever. I have no tolerance for violence in the name of “entertainment” or for careless words that might be hurtful. None.
    Although I didn’t choose a word for the year, I certainly chose an intention. Goodness and light, oh, yes!

  6. says

    What a great way to look at things! I have never done the “theme” or word of the year but this year it came to me–mine is going to be ‘Do less and Be more.’ After I discovered that, I found out there is a book all about that so maybe I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for always inspiring me.

  7. Michelle R says

    My word for 2013 is “Faith”. I was diagnosed almost 3 years ago with a Chronic Pain Condition that does not have a “cure”. I have two children ages 10 and 7 and am now a stay at home mom due to the pain. I am very fortunate to have a wonderful and supportive spouse. The reason I chose faith is that at times I question my faith – why would “He” do this to me etc will creep into my mind. I am trying to put all my Faith into God and not look back.

  8. Rebecca says

    I chose “chocolate.” It’s just so inspiring! 😉

    Just kidding.

    My word of the year is “courage.”

  9. says

    Love your word(s) of the year and your blog! I can always get a quick dose of inspiration from you! I love this theme from when I was in the mtc a million years ago,”Gratitude is the beginning of desire” When I am mindful of my blessings, I have a desire to share them with others, whether it is the gospel, or time, or material things, or love. That has stuck with me all these years and I think it will be a good theme for me this year!

  10. Laurie N. says

    You have inspired me! I chose “thankful” for our family word of the year. Even when some days are hard, I know we can find one thing to be thankful for!

  11. says

    Love your idea of a word for the year. I hope you don’t mind that I put a link to this post on my blog. PERMISSION is my word of the year. It’s actually part of a statement of what I want to do this year, I give myself permission…
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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