My one word cop-out for 2014

03 January 2014




This is gonna be one great big cop-out, but here it is, anyway. My "one word" for 2014. Are you ready for it? Really? Ok.

Try.

Yep, that's it. Not create, not breathe, not peace, not joy, not give... just try.

I like this little word. It's a hope word. But it's also an It's Totally OK to Fail at This word. It gives me permission to do something new and it allows me to mess it all up. It says that maybe this will be the thing, you know? The thing you were meant to do.

And it also says better luck next time.

It says stop not doing it, just start. And it requires just a little bit of effort. Not get up at 5am and write 500 words everyday before sunrise effort. Just, like, maybe try going to bed early tonight. Try more cumin in the chicken tacos. Try on this dress.

Try something new, something forgotten, something hoped for, something impossible.

Just try.

Actually this year each member of our family has chosen a word. Asher chose tortellini, which is probably the most inspired of anyone's one word ever. Jack chose explore, Ella - love, and Matt is keeping the peace. We'll see how the patchwork of family dynamics in these five big and small words work for us this year. No matter what the outcome, I foresee a little more pasta in our future. Or, at least, I'll try for it.

Do you do the one word thing? Or any other 2014 resolutions, hopes, dreams? You can totally steal my word if you want. Check out OneWord365 for more details. (Also linking up with Velvet Ashes)

16 comments:

  1. Two quick, yet nonsensical comments that popped into my head as I read this:
    1. Yoda would disagree with your word choice. :-)
    2. "Just try." Was Kathy Oslund's last instruction to her kids before heading out on long car trips.

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    1. Hahahahaha... to both of those things. :) Thanks for stopping by, Phil! I love that you were the first comment. Happy New Year to the Des Moines Four!

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  2. Tortellini is the best one word EVER!!! haha LOVE IT!! My word this year is Intentional, and I intentionally wasn't going to have a One Word this year since I did so very poorly at it, but this one will not let go, so here I go again, and this year I will be intentional about it. See what I mean =)

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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  3. Karen! I love your word try ... but after looking at your about page I'm distracted by questions :). So, Kansas City. Are you a Jayhawk fan? Chiefs fan (PLEASE TRY and say no :)) and Ireland! I've only been there once (more experience with Scotland) -- is the tea good in Ireland? Amy :)

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    1. Hi Amy! That "about" page gets me in trouble every time. :) I am a tried and true, cradle to grave Jayhawk. I am a hesitant (disillusioned?) Chiefs fan with hopes we may actually win a playoff game tonight. Fortunately, my husband's love of the Packers usually overwhelms my Chiefs ambivalence. The tea is lovely here, though I'd venture to say it's quite similar to Scottish tea. We drink it HOT with milk (no sugar) several times a day. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. "Try." This is brilliant!! "It's Totally OK to Fail at This." Love this. The only way to really live free is to be ok with failure, right? So glad you've joined us at The Grove!

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    1. That's the plan! Thanks for the comment and the warm welcome, Danielle! :)

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  5. I love this, Karen! I love your humor and your realism, especially - two things I need more of! Definitely "try" to keep writing :) … even if it's only a few words or thoughts at time. I'm totally there with you - we have five people in our family, too, so finding quiet moments to reflect and write is really a "try" for me too!

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    1. Yes, exacty, all of the above. :) Thanks for the comment and the encouragement, Carolyn!

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  6. I actually love your word, Karen. I didn't know about the #OneWord365 site. I'm doing Ali Edwards' One Little Word this year.

    Tortellini. Oh my - that made me smile. Adorable.

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    1. Hi Shana. Yes, I've heard of that one, too! What is your word????

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  7. I love it! haha :) that is such a freeing word considering, as you said, there is no failure in trying. Excellent !

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    1. Thanks, Anna! I'm loving that people are really resonating with it. ;-)

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  8. I love this word...so many possibilities in try.

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