Thursday, January 3, 2013

One Little Word

My word for 2013 is realize.

Realize has many meanings:
  • to grasp or understand clearly
  • to make real
  • to bring vividly to the mind
  • to obtain as a profit or income for oneself by trade, labor, or investment

This coming year I hope to realize potential - of others and of myself.

I hope to realize ideas - both big and small, individual and collective.

I hope to realize my goals - remembering that the first step in the right direction is usually the one that's most difficult.

I hope to realize truths about myself and others - accepting that there are things I just can't change, but can learn from nonetheless.

I hope to realize that I can't do it all - and that's perfectly okay.

Ultimately, I love this word because it's a verb - a call to action, so to speak. It's something that can be done alone or with others, and can have both tangible and intangible results. It's also something that isn't necessarily known outright, requiring experience, reflection, and comprehension - it makes you think. Realizing takes time and hard work, but it also takes gumption, imagination, determination, trust, and patience. 

I'm excited to see where realize will take me and what influence it will have on my life over the next 12 months. What's your word for 2013?


  1. Cheryl, Realize is an excellent choice! Love it, very genuine and suited to you! I can't wait to see where it takes you this year! ~Ann

  2. Truly a perfect fit for you! You helped me REALIZE a lot is possible with #edupartying: establishing a connection with like-minded people, and sharing ideas & light hearted laughter! What you REALIZE through 2013 will provide you with enlightenment, I'm sure of it!

    "When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream." -Paulo Coelho


  3. I REALIZE that even though I just met you yesterday, I REALLY LIKE YOU! Can't wait to learn and share with you Cheryl. :-)