Your One Word + a Giveaway

It's just about that time of year again.

Time to try to remember where we put the Christmas decorations.

Time to scour the thrift stores for the perfect getup for the ugly sweater Christmas party we were invited to.

(For those of you who haven't heard, these parties are an actual "thing" and they are hilarious. We hosted one a few years back and I don't know if I have laughed as hard since.)

But I digress...

It's the time of year to plan your Black Friday strategy if you do that sort of thing. Personally, there is nothing I want that badly.

Speaking of Black Friday, I was recently talking to some Canadian friends who said they once crossed into the States on Black Friday just for the "cultural experience" of being around the mayhem that is the day after Thanksgiving. Ha! We have crafted quite a reputation for ourselves, folks.

It's time to start to wrap up this year and look forward to the next. So basically, time for resolutions.  Do you make resolutions?  I heartily make them, knowing full well they will last for exactly three days.

Last month, I was challenged by my friend Danielle at Velvet Ashes to write a piece about my One Word for 2014.  The idea behind One Word 365 is that, rather than resolutions, we can focus on a single word we'd love to characterize the coming year.

A word to guide our choices.

A word to measure our growth.

This single focus draws us to pause and gauge how we are progressing toward the people we long to be.  Personally, I like it better than resolutions because instead of "don't  eat ice cream EVER in 2014," the focus can be health or balance or moderation.  This yields a positive, hopeful vibe instead of a set of rules we'll have broken sooner than the kids can break their Christmas gifts.

I accepted my friend's challenge and painstakingly chose my word for 2014. You'll be hearing more about it soon. This little word has birthed a discomfort in me every day since it chose me on October 19th. I remember the day. That's how much it's been wrecking challenging me on a daily basis.

I know what you're thinking:

Why is she talking about this in November?  It's too early! This girl probably already has her Christmas tree up too.

The tree is up. It's been up for 2 weeks.

I really DO have a reason for asking you to consider your one word so far before January. This is why:

My friend Heather from Avery Rayne makes a wide variety of items and she has graciously offered to make you a personalized necklace of your one word for 2014! It's such a creative necklace and what an awesome way to keep your one word close to your heart all year long!

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 {I have gotten some feedback that some people are confused about how to leave a comment.  I want to explain because I don't want that to hold you back from entering to win.  When you enter your email address, I'm the only one who gets it. Your information is not displayed on the website anywhere so no one else is seeing it.  If you don't want your name displayed, make up a new one.  Be creative.  Maybe you could put the name you always wished you had or the name of your first pet or just put your favorite celebrity.  That way, you're anonymous and I'm all excited that celebrities are reading my blog.  A win/win.}

 ***Giveaway closed***

Each person can have up to 4 entries.  Here's how:

  • Reply below with your one word for 2014 (if you don't know for sure, just put something you would consider having as your word.  If you win, you can always change it before Heather makes your item.  There are no blog police on duty).
  • Check out Avery Rayne on Etsy and come back and leave a comment below about a favorite item you saw over there.
  • Share this giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter and come leave a comment telling me you did.
  • Do use a celebrity name instead of your name when you comment.  That should count toward an entry I think.

 ***Giveaway closed***

On your mark, get set, go!