What is your word for 2014?

I generally don’t make any new year’s resolutions but I do attempt to make some new goals every year. As I’ve seen others create a power word or theme word for the new year, I thought I’d make an attempt this year to follow suit.

Narrowing it all down to just one word came to be quite challenging for me. I have been pondering for the past several days – what is my word for the new year? How do I sum up everything that I want to achieve in just one word?

Looking back over the last few years, I’ve come realize that 2010 and 2011 were all about building business relationships and creating a foundation while 2012 was about pushing through and making important decisions about my professional life.

Last year was a difficult time for my family. In terms of my professional life, 2013 was a year of realization, creating opportunity and pushing through my own fears. I have feared failure in the past but I have also feared success… I’ll spend much time and effort developing ideas and nurturing them into reality and then panic when the universe accepts them. I’m willing to put the work in but I’m strangely afraid of doing well. But I’ve faced those fears in 2013 and feel much more confident in my ability to act.

I’ve come to realize through many ‘signs’, trials and error that my focus should be on creating my own success.

2014 will be about creating more opportunities, getting that book published, focusing on my health, taking more time for myself and more travel.

So what is my word for 2014? I have a few that I’m drawn to… Experience. Health. Joy. Thrive. Travel. But the one that encompasses all of these things is


(of a person, animal, or other living organism) grow or develop
in a healthy or vigorous way, 
esp. as the result
of a particularly favorable environment.

So my word for 2014 is going to be FLOURISH.  In all areas of my life.

What is your theme word for 2014?

what is your word for the new year


Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women.


  1. I love this post and the word you picked. Flourish! The reasoning and thought process you took to come to this word is inspiring! Wishing you all sorts of success and “flourishing” in 2014!

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