Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The word of 2014

2014 purge

Those of you who have been reading my blog a while know that a few years ago everyone chose a word of the year.  Mine?
forward

…and then it was used in a presidential campaign.  PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS STEALING MY IDEAS!  (Like the swiffer, which I invented when my kids were small, using non-woven interfacing and an old mop handle.)  But I digress.

So, I chose:
forward

again the next year, knowing that it had already been done and no one would use it again.

But this year, I need to simplify my life.  And therein lies the quandary:  what word could best sum up all that I needed to do this year?

‘Trash?’  Good word, but it could mean that I am a 1980s rock band, doing damage to a hotel room, and I am way too old for that.

‘Shed?’  Yes, I need to lose a few pounds, and I need to get rid of some of the crap I’ve been storing since we moved here, but I also need a garden shed in the backyard, and that isn’t going to happen in 2014. 

‘Purge?’ Maybe not perfect, but better.  Purging my life of unnecessary minutia AND about 30 pounds.  Getting rid of all the school stuff I’ll never use again.  Clearing out the yard and the house and the cars and making room for whatever goodness 2014 brings.  And it will bring goodness, and sadness and stress and relaxation…

I’ll keep what works for me and purge the rest.
What’s YOUR word?

22 comments:

  1. Happy New Year, Kirby! Purge is definitely a good word. One that I need to use as well. I think my word will be 'Order'. As in: I desperately need to put order into my life!

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  2. Happy New Year - love your word of the year! 2013 was my year of purge and now I'm trying not to build the clutter up again. I'm loving Suzy's word for the year as well... order. I could definitely use a bit of that. I think my word is consistent - to take the goals and plans I have now and be consistent with executing them... for myself, my business, our house and my familiy.

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  3. no word yet but I will let you know. happy purging and new year!

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  4. I'm with you on purging! I haven't picked a word yet. I'll get back to you. :)

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  5. PURGE sounds like a good thing to do. I need to purge the attic of all my kids' stuff and my son's ex-wife's stuff.

    As to the teacher "stuff". My last 3 years of teaching, my school became a technology magnet with everything done on laptop computers. When I was purging my files, I literally just recycled all the papers because I knew no one at my school would ever use paper again. A whole career of great ideas in the recycle bin.

    Wishing you a Wonderful 2014.

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  6. great choice! i didn't choose a word this year... i was planning on thinking about it all today and i got sick. so maybe by monday i will have some ideas and a word. ;)

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  7. I have been struggling with my 2014 word. 2013 was patience and it was a good one for me. My mental mindset now is related to purging; if I were to die, would anyone want it is going to be one of the criteria. Not sure how to turn that into a word!

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  8. I think I have to go with organized!

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  9. I really need to steal your word. I feel guilty because we have so much around here we don't use, and we need to donate this stuff to those less fortunate or to those who could use it.

    Happy New Year!

    xo,
    RJ

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  10. Purge is a great word, and it's something I do often because to bring new thrifted finds in stuff also has to go out. That's pretty much a rule in this house, but I have to admit it does get broken sometimes. Rules are meant to be broken... right? I wish you the best for the New Year as you go forward with your purging. I haven't chosen a work yet, but I've been thinking about it.

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  11. I love the word Purge! I need to purge in every closet, cabinet, nook and cranny. It may just take me all month! Is it ok for me to steal your word? You do have the best ideas!!! <3

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  12. If only the politicians here in IL would steal your word ...

    Sigh.

    I'm still narrowing down mine. So many to choose from ... so many bad ways that need to be changed ...

    :) Linda

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  13. Purge. I have been trying to do that around here for a while. 2014 will be my year I get it under control. It is a scary thing when you first move into a home and you have so much storage, you think you will never fill it up. 10 years later, you can't find a place to store everything. I will just blame it on my children. This will work for a few more years until they don't live here anymore. Then I will have to blame my husband.....

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  14. My word is *&%#@! It may change after my reno though!

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  15. Happy New Years Kirby. I am going to organize....or I guess the American spelling is organise. But either way, that is my goal!!

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  16. I think my word might be "me" this year. All about me! But seriously, I've put myself second, third...twentieth behind all sorts of other priorities for too long. Once in a while I'm going to put myself first this year :) I started an exercise program 7 weeks ago and I'm feeling great. Our weekly menus will include more of my favorite (and probably vegan) meals, 'cause they make me feel better. And I really, really hope to do just a couple of paintings this year!

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  17. Purge is a great word! I have been wanting to do just that for a couple years. I have this thing about needing to clean out all my stuff and treasures before I die because my husband threatens to sell it all for $5 if it is left! This past year I have added almost 400 items to my stuff, but that is for my Etsy shop....or is it?!

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  18. I think the places like Goodwill and Salvation Army will be brimming with items of all of us seeking a "less is more" attitude. Forward Kirby! :)

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  19. I don't know, last year I was thinking about wisdom, because I need to make better choices, but purge is pretty fitting for me, for the same reasons, although I do like shed. I don't need one, but it is such a 'solid' word !

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  20. Like the Swiffer, I'm stealing this. I started purging last year, and it's made life so much easier. And I'll try not to plagiarize you anymore.

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  21. I haven't got a word I like seeing what people have chosen but I can never think of anything. Purge would be appropriate for me too, for the same reasons.

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  22. I have to admit I didn't choose a word for the year...but I really like yours...maybe I'll use it. Oh wait, I already have been purging all the stuff in my house...but I love the idea for the weight...I've put on so much since I 'retired' last year.
    Debbie :)

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Your comment makes me feel twenty years younger and thirty pounds lighter!