Thursday, January 17, 2013

My Word For The Year

I don't do resolutions. I choose a word to focus on for the year. I usually choose a word for the year long before this date. It is not because I have been sick but more that I couldn't find a word I liked, that felt right, that I really resonated with.  That was until last night.  It became clear that my word should be


For awhile now I have been wanting to go deeper in my art. I talk about it but I just don't go there.  I think I stay on the surface where its comfortable.  I have bought all these canvasses but then I never paint on them.  I really want this year to be about going deeper. To go below the surface of what I think is possible, to face my fears and dig through all my self-imposed limitations and become an explorer of sorts.

This desire is not just concerning art either. I find that when I am writing in my journal its on the surface too, or when I write a blog post, or work on my novel writing.  I never go deep enough. I am sure it will include facing all sorts of fears that are holding me back.  I am also going to do another 100 Day Reality Challenge with this same focus. I want to look at where else am I on the surface, in the comfort zone, where am I not present in my own life.

It is bound to be an exciting journey. I don't want to live the same year over and over again.  I want growth, I want change. I know it might be messy but I am will to take the leap, to jump off the cliff, to go where I haven't gone before. Am I a little scared, you bet I am. A little fear never hurt anyone.  It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes by Mark Twain.

 Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Have you chosen your word for the year? Tell me about it in the comments.


  1. Thank you for sharing your word - DEEP.
    I look forward to sharing in this process with you, by following along, visiting your progress here on your Blog.
    Wishing you the very best, Kate. ~xx

  2. Awesome word, Kate! You have a lot of insight about how most of us do tend to stay on the surface of things, in our art and our lives. Looking forward to hearing more about this year's journey into the deep.

  3. Hmm, not sure why my comment showed as "unknown." So I'm back to tell you it's from me (Patty) at Living Deep Studio.

  4. There are wonderful things to discover and experience when we have the courage to go " deep". Congrats on the great word and I wish you deep courage as well!

  5. i love that quote from mark twain (oh so true!) and i love your word ;)
    may you journey deeper - in your art, your soul, in everything you do this year!
    my word is BE A VESSEL, i've shared a couple of posts on it...

  6. I think your word is great and I wish you well as you dive in Kate. I think that you will have great discoveries and that DEEP will make an exciting year for you! xoO

  7. That seems to be the perfect word for you, Kate. I hope you're able to delve deeper into everything and to learn new things about yourself.

  8. Oh yes. Mine is logic. Because instead of letting Lightroom or Photoshop or a blank canvas get the best of me, I've decided to let the emotions go and apply logic...take the time to LEARN the program, instead of crying in frustration over the mechanics. Just do it!


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