For several years, I have been reading about people that choose a specific word as their Word of the Year. I thought it might be fun to join with several other friends and choose a Word of the Year for 2013.
I absolutely love words and have since I was a little girl. I love reading words. I love playing word games. I love words on plaques and refrigerator magnets. So how hard could it be to find one word?
But, this is my fourth day of contemplating on finding the perfect word for 2013, so obviously it’s not as easy as I thought. But while storing away my Christmas decorations, I stumbled on the perfect word. It was right there in front of me on a refrigerator magnet.
My daughter and I have been making simple (but fun) arts and crafts during December. The photo above shows some of our refrigerator magnet creations. The process was simple. We wiped white dominos with an alcohol solution and then stamped them with colored dots of paint. We loved how the paint spread to create totally unique designs on each domino. Let the paint dry and super glue a magnet on the back and you’re done. We added some of our favorite words and phrases to make them more special.
Sherry and I found that our designs got better the more we experimented with different colors and stamping techniques. We offered all of our Christmas guests a magnet to take home with them. It was amazing how long it took some of them to choose a favorite. Some chose a magnet because of the color combinations, but most chose their magnet based on the word adhered to the top of the magnet. As you can see, we had some great words and phrases listed. But the phrase “never stop improving” jumped out at me.
So my word for 2013 (drum roll please) is IMPROVE which means to bring into a more desirable or excellent condition, to make more useful or valuable. The word feels right for me.
Do you have a Word of the Year for 2013?
Ending on a Positive Note: The old saying, “there is always room for improvement” can apply to anything we do or say. We can do something small every day to improve ourselves, our attitudes, our work habits, our homes, the way we communicate and interact with family and friends, and the world around us.