Can I Become “Un-Lost”? *Pretty Please*

I maneuver the car swiftly through the intersection as the water sloshes near my tires.  It hasn’t let up since I awoke this morning.  The thirty minute drive extends to forty on the river highway of 495.

“Where should I meet you?” I ask as she picks up after the third dial.

“Just pull into the garage,” she responds.

I find a spot quickly and put the car in park.  A quick glance in the rear-view mirror reveals disheveled hair and smudged eye makeup.  A sarcastic *perfect* mumbles out of my lips.  I grab for my purse as my phone buzzes loudly in the middle console.

I select the answer button, impatiently, assuming it’s her, but as another her’s voice grazes my ear, I realize my haste assumption.  “Hey mom,” I reply softly; my laundry list of to-do items scurry around disconnectedly in my brain.

“Hi sweetie,” she says.  “I read your latest blog post and you seem a little… disheveled.”

“Oh no, mom; I’m fine.” I respond.  “I just wanted to write about being in a blogging funk, since it happens to a lot of people.  That’s all.”

Since, you know, just because I write about being in a blogging funk doesn’t mean I’m actually in a funk…

Right?

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This past week, The Nester challenged us to come up with an “un-word” for 2014.  An un-word is a word that you are rejecting for the year.  It is a word that you are not.  In fact, you would like to un-do it.

At first, I didn’t know what to write about, or if I would write at all.  Because me, with my disheveled hair, haste phone call pick-ups and blog posts about being in blogging funks – I mean obviously I am perfect.  Plus, I already wrote about my real word for 2014 – so why come up with an un-word?

But, as I tried to write this week and failed at that too, I realized that lately I’ve been feeling a little… lost.

I’m currently in limbo at work.

I’m intermittently attending the gym this month.

And, my blog is being… funky.

Suddenly, I discovered that probably the best possible thing that I could be doing is coming up with my un-word for 2014.  So, ladies and gentlemen, here it is…  For 2014, my un-word is lost.  As in, I would like to become un-lost.  Some of my life events (like work) are a little out of my control, but hopefully with a little more focus and concentration, I can improve my gym attendance, blogging lifestyle and, overall, get myself out of this little lost funk I’m in.  And, this will hopefully include letting you in on a little secret about this here blog too… Ooh foreshadowing!

Now, I’m off to go find my makeup remover….

*Have you been feeling funky lately?  What is your un-word for 2014?

My 2014 Word of the Year is…

For the past three years, I’ve come up with one-word-themes as part of my New Year’s resolutions routine.  The one-word acts as a guiding force, throughout the year, to direct my decisions and focus.  The words, for the past three years, have been the following:

2011 – Staying Connected (cheated a little with two words!) – Focused on trying to stay connected to friends and family members who I previously lost touch with.

2012 – Evolution – Focused on grounding myself in my core beliefs and passions / hobbies and evolving from that foundation.

2013 – Creativity! – Focused on allowing myself to explore my creative tendencies.

— On a funny side note, as I read back through my Creativity theme for 2013, I noticed that I also posted that article on January 3rd.  It appears that I cannot break the habit of delayed resolutions.  For me, I’m lucky to complete my list by January 31st!  Perhaps, my one word theme for 2014 should be Productivity, Early Bird, or Getting Shii Done. —

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But, alas, it’s not.

One-word-themes are not unique in the blogging world.  In fact, I read a couple of other blog posts before coming up with mine.

But, it wasn’t until I read this article on the Huffington Post website, the other day, titled “There is Only One New Year’s Resolution You Need… Kindness,” that I found my word. KINDNESS!  Why, of course, one of my favorite projects from 2013 was the 31 Random Acts I performed in October (and early November).

In 2014, I want to continue the trend of giving to others.

In 2014, I want to remember all the good things in the world as opposed to all the tragedies.

So, here’s to a new year: the year of Kindness.  May it be simple, may it be humbling and may it be the exact direction my life needs.

*What is your one-word-theme for 2014?  One of my favorite sources of inspiration was reading back through the comments from last year.

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