2014 Word of the Year

For the last six years I have chosen a Word of the Year.  Rather than setting a long list of goals (although I have set a few of those too) I like to choose a word to focus on each year.  The process in determining my word each year is always interesting and I look forward to discovering how my word finds me each year.  Because it does just that – it finds me.

This year my word has tried to make itself known to me three different times.  I finally listened the third time.  I am a pretty strong willed, driven, focused person. I am pretty much a control freak.  I like to drive fast but only when I am driving.  When I am in control.  I like to think that I am in control of my life – of  MY goals, MY plan, My to do list, etc.  I am always focused on what I need to get done, what I want to accomplish.  But then I had 3 separate experiences lately where I realized the following:

27fae7ce8207cf79ea44246d3dc2598fI had to stop and ask myself.  Do I truly KNOW what my Heavenly Father’s will is for me?  I like to think I have a good idea and that many of the things I have chosen to do with my life are a direct result of His will for me being made known to me.  But what about on a daily basis?  Am I living my life on a daily basis as He would have me live it?  I am sure I do better some days than other.

So, my word for this  year,  my 2014 Word of the Year is:

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I guess technically it is two words but one in meaning.

I hope that I can begin each day this year inquiring what His will is for me that day and that more importantly I will listen.  That when he asks I will have the faith and confidence that he will also open the door, provide the means and resources that I will be able to accomplish His will.

I want to live my life, on a daily basis, striving to better know and follow my Heavenly Father’s will for me.  I know that my plan may not always be His plan but I hope that His plan can become my plan.


Do you have a 2014 Word of the Year?  I’d love to hear what it is!

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

2013 Word of the Year

2012 Word of the Year

2011 Word of the Year

2010 Word of the Year

2009 Word of the Year

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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. Paige says

    I love this! My thought process was similar. I was thinking obey, submit, commit, meaning submit to the will of The Lord. I am very stubborn and independent and a lot of pride has crept in and kept me from setting good habits. So my word is do. Do the things I know I should be doing, and then many of my other goals will fall into place. Someone gave a talk in a ward I was visiting that talked about how achieving our goals is really just a blessing from our Heavenly Father for keeping his laws. That really hit me hard. So, GO LEANNE! here’s to a great year!

    • says

      Paige, Thanks for your comment. I love that concept that achieving our goals is really a blessing for keeping our Heavenly Fathers laws. Thanks for sharing your word.

  2. Alison L says

    My word is Deliberate. I am currently reading the book Deliberate Motherhood and want to make decisions in all areas of my life beginning with the end in mind and making choices along the way in a deliberate manner to achieve what I really want in the end. Sometimes it is easy for me to coast along and not really pay attention to what I am spending my time on, and then realize that the time is gone and I don’t have much to show for it (ie. facebook, pinterest, etc!).

  3. Sue Bentz says

    My word is focus. This year I’m steering a straight course. I am going to try to be more on task, keep a better schedule, and finish more of the things I’ve started. Focusing more on eternal and less on worldly. Thanks for your inspiration!


  4. Novene Manley says

    I love all of the words that have been shared. Leigh Ann, you have expressed so much of what I have been experiencing and reflecting on. As the grandmother of 24 my life, at times, goes in so many directions. I am a crafter, seamstress, musician, cook, at times to a fault. I have to learn to” let go” of the things I have been putting first in my life and be open to the many many opportunities that present themselves on a daily basis. So my word for this year is “let go”

    • says

      People always think life gets easier when your kids are gone from home but it just gets busier and more complicated doesn’t it!! Opening ourselves up to opportunities is important and exciting! Have fun with your word.

  5. Val H. says

    Love your word(s) for the year Leigh Anne. Great post! My word is like Sue’s, “Focus.” My focus this year is to use my talents and create from my heart. I get so distracted with everyone else’s needs that the talent Heavenly Father gave me in this life isn’t being used like it should. So that will be changed this year and will be my FOCUS. :-)

  6. Crystal says

    I love your word!! My word is perseverance in all areas of my life. No giving up when things get tough or don’t go the way I want. I’m persevering all the way to 2015 :)

  7. Elizabeth says

    Mine is Embrace
    Embrace the future, my family, today, God……..embrace what is before me whatever it is….

  8. says

    This is a beautiful post. As a family each day we ask in prayer that we will remember the atonement and try to apply it. This is a great thing to add to those daily prayers. Thank you!

    As a side note I am always interested in knowing at the end of each year how your word has progressed in your life and where it has lead you.

    • says

      Jesicca, I love that you include that in your daily family prayers. I love the idea of recapping the past year also and how my word went that year – thanks for the suggestion!

  9. Shellia Ventura says

    I knew that I liked your blog, but the more I read what you write, I love it!!! I love the new word (s).

  10. Melinda says

    I like your choice, very much! I almost chose ‘submit’, which is similar to yours. However, I feel led to choose ‘bless’, this year.

  11. says

    Self-discipline. It was going to be focus, but I thought that self-discipline encompasses even more. I am focused when I am doing many things…running, for example, but I need the self-discipline to get out there and do it!

  12. Kirstie says

    My word of the year is HOPE. This last year was a tough one for me, but God was faithful to me and continues to be. He is my source of hope, joy, and peace. My verse for the year is Jeremiah 29:11.

  13. Amy says

    I love that you are listening to the quiet still voice, we all need to be tuned into it and that seems pretty hard to do these days. May God bless you in 2014 with your hearts desires. I truly love your blog, reading it is a breath of fresh air and uplifting to my soul.

  14. Susan says

    Have had very similar experience, Leigh Anne, and my word for 2014 is TRUST! in all caps with the exclamation point for emphasis. Thanks for another beautiful blog. My January is crazy – would love to do a catch-up call in February if you have a window.

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