Tuesday, January 1, 2013

What's the Word?




I have done something this past year that I rarely do..I stuck with something!!

Usually after a few months of the same thing I grow bored and decide somethings not for me, but this year I started writing, not really sure why or how, and this whole blogging thing has been a learning curve of what to do and what not to do, but still staying me and finding my "voice". (I'm pretty sure I would be a branding specialists nightmare!)

I've been overwhelmed and down right so blessed by it that any time I thought of quitting encouragement came at just the right time to stop me from hitting delete.

And I've grown and met so many amazing people, writers, real writers..not ones that just pretend like me.

I even have a word this year "Fearless" because I'm always afraid of making the wrong move and messing everything up, so I end up not doing anything. Fear has ruled over me for so long, but not anymore. Fearless is my word, so that anytime I start to doubt myself and abilities I can look over at that pretty little button that Melanie from Only a Breath made (click over to her site, she may have time to make one for you too) ..for free! and be reminded to keep swimming.

Also ~smiles really big~ I was chosen along with 98 other women to be a part of Holley Gerth's Dream Team! Excited doesn't even begin to describe it!!


I'm excited for so many reasons because Holly is an amazing encourager that has a new book coming out TODAY, The "Do What You Can" Plan: 21 Days To Making Any Area Of Your Life Better, it's a book you will want to read if you have big goals for the new year but end up not sure where to even begin, so you don't.

She breaks it down into easy to follow steps, so that you will be encouraged to not just start your goal but make progress. Did you know it takes only 21 days to start a new habit??



I feel like this group is God's way of saying this is what I've made you for, for such a time as this. And Holley and her team are going to help you figure out which path to take. The vision for the future that I've been praying for just may be answered through working with this group. 

And there are some fantastic ladies in the group and one thing I've already realized in the short time that it's been formed is that God has us writing for different reasons- I know, duh. There are many different areas that God has placed on our hearts to write about, so yes while there are many writers out there and the blogging world is large and expansive, we each have a different call on our lives. And all working together for His glory, not in competition with one another.

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Oh, and I've decided to open up Guest Posting. If you have something you would like to share, contact me and let me know. I would love the chance to promote you and your story on here. Click on the tab above to learn more, then send me an email!

This has been a great first year of blogging, and as I grow and learn, I hope to share and continue to make new friends through this outlet. It's my hope that this year in blogging this community that I've created here will continue to grow and change as God directs me. I truly want this to be a place of encouragement, where others feel free to come and read, and comment because they relate and realize that they don't have to be perfect to be used by God.

It's only by grace that I'm where I'm at this point in my life,well, that and stubbornness :) and a refusal to give up. I fall short daily and I hope that in me being vulnerable you will be encouraged to do so as well. Because I think that is how real community  is created and held together.

The following are some favorite posts::

My letter to my nephew on FB acceptance:: I wish I would have told him

Hearts cry to God:: When You Hit a Wall and Want to Run

Pinterested? :: Pinterest Goodies

Life's trials will not bring you down:: You Will Be an Oak

and my personal favorites:: If We are the Body & Dream a Dream & Can We Agree to Disagree?

Happy New Year Ya'll!!

Have any New Year's goals you want to share? You can also connect with me on Twitter and FB.

linking my one word post with Melanie at Only a Breath and OneWord365  click over and read what others chose for their One Word or add yours.

Also linking with Faith Jam


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18 comments :

  1. Good for you! Fearless is a great word for the year. It's encouraging to see/hear/read about others meeting goals and getting things accomplished, go you!

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    1. Setting goals is the easy part, following through is the tough part :) I've suggested some of the books you've recommended for your tween to my own, I'm hoping a love of reading for 2013 will take place in her :)

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  2. I love the word "fearless." So many times in the Bible, God tells us to fear not! So excited for you in this adventure!

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    1. yes, and it's funny because now those verses are popping out at me everywhere, I love it!!

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  3. I really like your word for this year, Alecia...fearless. Empty of fear because of looking to the One whose Grace helps us realize there is no need to fear. He is our all in all! Have a wonderful year of learning and leaning on Him!

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    1. Exactly...if God is for me then whom shall I fear? Thank you, I hope you have a wonderful, fruitful year as well!

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  4. God HAS gifted you! Praying His continued leading for you in 2013 and excited to see where it takes you. :)

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    1. awe, thank you Sarah!! I'm so blessed to have met you in my short time in Iowa!!! I hope you continue to write FEARLESSLY bc you have a beautiful "voice"

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  5. I love your word choice for 2013. Have you read Max Lucado's book Fearless..."Imagine your life, wholly untouched by angst. What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats? If you could hover a fear magnet over your heart and extract every last shaving of dread, insecurity, or doubt, what would remain? Envision a day, just one day, where you could trust more and fear less.
    Can you imagine your life without fear?" You might enjoy it :)

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    1. oh wow! Thanks for sharing that, I haven't read his book yet, but it sounds like something I should read!
      Envisioning a day right now without fear and all faith, it's makes me smile with excitement.

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  6. Terrific word for 2013!!! We all could benefit from this one. So hard to choose just one word, isn't it??? Mine is "trust" this year, but so many words seem interconnected and compliment each other....fearless, confidence, trust, abide....they just "work" together! But, maybe the laser beam focus on one word will really drive it deep into the heart.

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    1. I sure hope so Jane, and now that I'm focusing on Fearless, all the verses on Fear seem to keep coming up, I'm taking it as my sign that God approves and is with me on this.

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  7. That's an awesome word ... This is Sonya from the GSDT ... please ta meet ya!

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    1. :) Pleased ta meet ya too!! Thanks for stopping in!

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  8. I'm glad you've found your way in blogging, that you've found the power to keep going. And I love your word choice. Fearless. I could also use more of that.

    My word for the coming year is "see." I want to slow down and see the things I miss when I rush. I want to be more present in my own life. I want to see moments. I want to see with God's eyes. The one word for a year thing worked great for me last year. I'm excited to see where this word takes me.

    Best wishes in your continued endeavours. Happy Sharefest. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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  9. I love your idea of literally keeping your word in front of you! I'm going to work on finding/creating a good visual for mine--healing!

    Congrats on being part of the Dream team! How fun!

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  10. Alecia, It's great to "meet" you in the faith jam a few weeks ago. Thanks for sharing your one word - Fearless - with us. So happy you're stepping through your God-sized dreams alongside Holley!

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