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2013 Will Be My Year to Pursue

I’ve never been big on New Year’s resolutions.


I don’t usually have the discipline to stick it out and be successful. Then, as soon as I fail, I throw the whole thing window and end up worse off than I was before. I’m a “once I eat one Oreo, I might as well eat the whole bag” kind of gal.


Still, I like the idea.


I think life is best lived with intentionality and focus. We need to be thoughtful about how we spend our precious resources of time and energy.


As I spent more and more time in the Twitterverse and Blogosphere last year, I kept hearing about this concept of One Word 365. Here’s the description of the idea from their website:


Forget New Year’s Resolutions. Scrap that long list of goals you won’t remember three weeks from now anyway. Choose just one word.

One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live. One word that you can focus on every day, all year long.

It will take intentionality and commitment, but if you let it, your word will shape you and your year. It will guide your decisions and help you grow.

Discover the big impact one word can make.

One word. 

365 days. 

A changed life.


As I have read about this, and seen the wonderful testimonies of those who have participated in the past, I couldn’t resist the desire to jump on board.


But once I made the decision to participate, I had to embark on the hardest part: choosing a word.


I thought and prayed and wondered and explored. As I did, one word kept rising to the surface.




In many ways, my life is a contradiction. I am an achiever who loves checking things off my list. And yet, there are so many times I fail to act. Whether for laziness or fear or procrastination, I sit on my hands when I should do something.


I hem and haw about wanting more friendships, about wanting deeper friendships, and yet I fail to get off my butt and pursue them. I fret about how I have been getting sick and how I need to exercise, but yet I fail to do what I need to do to pursue my health. I talk and write and reflect about our need to help the poor, but yet I fail to pursue relationships and service opportunities of my own. I think about this book I want to write someday, but yet I fail to pursue it all, even by writing out the thoughts that swirl around in my head.




2013 is the year to move from thinking to doing. From reflecting to pursuing.


I am curious and nervous and excited about all that it will bring.

  • http://www.beyondthesinnersprayer.wordpress.com/ Barb

    This seems like a fun idea – I do think it’s easier to focus on one goal and the word idea is interesting. It was fun to look at the author’s blog and see the different words people are choosing. I popped over here today from Kari Scare’s blog – fun to read your post!

    • http://everydayawe.com/ Stephanie Spencer

      Thanks Barb. Glad you stopped by!

  • Bob

    And you might think about being less hard (in your descriptions) on yourself! Your writing through the year has been really helpful. Thanks for it.

    • http://everydayawe.com/ Stephanie Spencer

      Thank you, Bob. I appreciate the encouragement. I’ll try to go easier on myself in the future ;)

  • http://www.bluemarblegod.com/ Melanie Gillgrist

    I love the word Pursue.
    I had a similar process with mine…I am more naturally one who reflects, and the word that I choose is Stand. Will love journeying with you this year in Pursuing and Standing!

    • http://everydayawe.com/ Stephanie Spencer

      Thanks, Melanie. I love that idea of stand, too!

  • Sheryl

    Love your word, Pursue. Last year the word God put on my heart related to the character of his that HE was going to make more visible to me was LIMITLESSNESS. This year the word He has given me to show me about HIS character is: SUFFICIENCY.

    • http://everydayawe.com/ Stephanie Spencer

      I love that Sheryl. The progression of Limitlessness to sufficiency sounds awesome. Best wishes to you in the new year!

  • Kelli

    Wow! It was like you were describing ME! This year will be a year for me to pursue the Lord and in that, putting feet to my faith and acting! Thanks!

    • http://everydayawe.com/ Stephanie Spencer

      Good to know I am not alone, Kelli! Best wishes on your pursuit, too!

  • http://twitter.com/Vaderalman Mark Allman


    I wish you well in your pursuit. In the art of pursuing I think putting together a plan on how you are going to pursue something helps. Especially those things that you do not naturally want to pursue or are not easily done. I do not pursue things well without setting out goals and a plan to reach milestones.

    • http://everydayawe.com/ Stephanie Spencer

      Thanks for the well wishes, Mark!

  • Lindsay

    I love that word. I was feeling very much the same coming into this year, knew God was nudging me to begin moving on some of these dreams. My word is Action, for so many of the same reasons. Excited to hear what it looks like for you!

    • http://everydayawe.com/ Stephanie Spencer

      Oh, action does sound like a similar theme! I look forward to tracking with you this year!

  • Laura

    So many good words! I want them all (which might kind of defeat the purpose, eh?). I landed on “Fearless”. Looking forward to encouraging each other as we “Pursue” God’s plans for us with “Fearless” abandon because He’s sufficient!

    • http://everydayawe.com/ Stephanie Spencer

      I’m glad you are participating, too, Laura! Love the idea of fearless.

  • http://www.gritandglory.com/ Alece Ronzino

    Love this, Stephanie!

    • http://everydayawe.com/ Stephanie Spencer

      Thanks so much, Alece! Glad you started this idea. It certainly has taken off, hasn’t it? I’m excited to participate this year.

  • Jeremy

    Great post and a neat idea to wrap the all-to-often trite resolutions into a single, meaningful focus for the year. As I’ve been thinking about this and its relevance to my own life, a lot of your reasons for choosing ‘pursue’ resonated with me – esp. the part about failing to get off your butt. I can REALLY relate to that one! Herein lies the struggle for me (and probably many others): I don’t sit on my butt out of laziness. The simple fact is that after I work for 9-10 hours, come home and play with my kids for a while, help with supper, misc chores, run to the kids’ activities, PTO meetings, etc. I’ve got nothing left. With all the day-to-day, it’s hard enough to keep up with the non-daily necessities (grocery shopping, finances, yard work, and so on) much less pursuing the things I want to enrich my life. In fact, the word that keeps coming up for me is “maintain” – if only I could just keep up. Somehow though, I think that word is missing the point of this exercise… :-)

    So, I have a request for you. As the year goes on and you share you experiences and your progress, keep us informed of how you deal with the tension. I’d love to hear how you fight for this balance and find the time and energy to pursue the things you desire for your life, while keeping the must-do list at bay.

    Hope you have a great 2013, and I’m looking forward to reading about your journey!

    • http://everydayawe.com/ Stephanie Spencer

      Thanks for the thoughtful comment, Jeremy! One thing off the bat that helps- I don’t work full time. This gives me options. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes!

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