What are Your Words for 2014?

What are Your Words?I don’t remember where I got the idea, but a few years ago, I began, after prayer and reflection, choosing a new word for the new year. It was a word that was meant to remind me of my goals or focus for the New Year.

For example, last year, 2013, my word was “peace.” Now, the year was anything but peaceful but that word was my focus word and it reminded me that, in God, peace could reign in my heart in every circumstance.

Recently, I came across a post by Chris Brogan that suggested using three words; a word for each area of focus (check out his post here). His idea made sense to me and I decided to do three words this year to correspond with my goals for the year. These words are:

Intentional, Love, Brave

As I wrote in the post about my goals, I want to be intentional and less reactive to life. I want to be more loving toward others and myself. I also want to step I also want to be brave, to be bold, to step out of my comfort zone. I want to be brave in how I share my faith and reach out to others ways I haven’t before. I hope that with God’s grace, these words will be anchor words that will help me be reminded of my goals and the desire of my heart.

Now it is your turn. What are your goals and desires of your heart? What word (or words) sums up those desires for you? You don’t have to share your goals or desires if you don’t want, but I’d love if you could share your words in the comments.

And let us pray for each other that this New Year will be a year of growth in all areas of our life for all of us. God bless you!


(Linked to Sunday Snippets)


  1. Love your words! I have no idea what my word will be. I am waiting for it to surface! Happy New Year!
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  2. I love this post Carol. Now, besides waiting to receive my patron saint for 2014 I’ll have to give this some quality thought. Your chosen words are wonderful, so is their intention. It may be your “old” word, but peace to you in this blessed year.

    (To receive a patron saint from http://the2013patronsaintministry.blogspot.com/ send an mail with first names only to mare54n@gmail.com)

  3. SimpleCatholic says

    Thanks, Joann. Peace be to you in this new year, too!

    Btw, thanks for the link for the patron saint. In our house we choose our saint for the New Year the old fashioned way: we pick it out of a hat. 🙂 We write down a bunch of names of saints into a hat and then we each pick one. Ironically, my patron saint for this year is St. Andrew (my son’s name!). Andrew’s patron saint is St. Jerome and my husband’s is St. Lawrence.

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