My theme for 2013

No matter what I did, I just couldn’t whittle down all my thoughts and plans and hopes for 2013 into a single word.

So I stopped trying to force it to happen. And the words had been there all long, just waiting for me to stop trying to make them something they are not.

My theme for 2013 is creating space.


Kel gave me this sculpture for Christmas! :)

Creating space is a phrase that’s been rattling around in my head for several months now. It means many different things to me.

There’s the literal level. I can create space by getting rid of things that no longer fit the life I am living or want to live. I can create some space in my schedule by opting out of activities that really don’t match up to what I really want to be doing.

Or it can be a virtual space, like our new forum. (Are you going to read Women Who Run with the Wolves with us? Don’t forget to create an account for the forum if you are. We’re starting tomorrow!)

I can create some space in my life by looking ahead, by tackling the things I know need to be done before they have to be done. I can write blog posts ahead of time, I can plan a little further ahead for the kids’ school, I can schedule the payment for that bill now, so I don’t forget about it until the last minute.

Or I can get really abstract about it: the less I have to worry about things like my health or money, then the more space there is for other things to happen.

The more space I can create, the more new things can come into being.

Which sounds pretty exciting to me!

Did you find a word or a theme for 2013? Will you share it in the comments? 




Tracy Richardson

I'm a writer, jewelry artist, web designer, and homeschooling mother of two. My mission? To help people create spaces for their stories and truths.

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7 Responses to My theme for 2013

  1. I love it! Sometimes one word just isn’t enough to encompass all we want and desire for our lives. 😉

    My word this year is sing which I need to formulate into a blog post. Soon.

    • Tracy Richardson says:

      Thanks, Karen!

      I’m a little envious of your “sing”…singing is not something I feel all that comfortable doing, so I admire those who do! It also made me think of things that make your heart sing. :) I’ll be watching for your blog post about it!

  2. Carol says:

    I love your phrase. That’s my problem, people keep suggesting these powerful possibilities and I have to choose just one? Last fall I was thinking about “balance” – but seen as a hexagon, not just two sided, and then Karen’s “sing” works for me on so many levels as does your “creating space.” One of these days I’ll know what is the right one.

    • Tracy Richardson says:

      Thanks, Carol. Hey, maybe since all these powerful possibilities are tugging at you, you shouldn’t pick just one. What about spending some time on each of them? See what a couple of months with balance or sing or creating space feels like for you. Perhaps the reason you can’t pick one is because each of them has something for you.

      • Carol says:

        Yeah, I’ve pretty much come to the same conclusion. It is typical of me to be in the midst of half a dozen books, projects or just about anything else at once, so maybe this fits, too. :)

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