So This Is The New Year

I can't believe it's already February. I haven't written a darn thing about the new year (which is always favorite of mine). I feel like I missed the cue to race out of the starting gate, and I'm still playing catch up. We've been sick, it's true, but it's more than that. It's a fogginess in my head I can't shake - a thickness that seems to be obscuring my view of the future. Maybe it is just the sickness. I don't know.

Anyway, I'm going to go ahead and say that this is the new year. I'm going by the Chinese calendar and this is the week of new beginnings and fresh starts.

I saw some folks picking out words to define their year in 2013, and a few who did the same this year. I chose my word a while ago but never said it out loud. And I think it's important to give voice to this word if it's really going to mean anything. So for 2014, my word is Brave. I'm putting it out there and letting the forces that be hold me accountable to it.

I don't know what it means yet, but I'm hoping by the end of this wild year I'll have a clue as to why Brave was the seed that planted itself in my head. I'm hoping to find a lot of answers this year to questions still forming in their infancy. I continue to have this feeling that 2014 will be transformative - I'm tempted to put on my old mountain man voice and say I feel it in my bones.

There's something waiting out there in the big wide world for me, and I just need to be brave enough to grab hold of it.