Words to Live By


The past year has been interesting.




Eye Opening.

I am left wondering, at times, what the next day will bring and how I will navigate the waters of uncertainty that sometimes accompany living life.  I am always striving to be better.  To do better.  To be all that God created me to be and yet so often I fall short in that endeavor.

The past 4 years I have taken the lead of Chris Brogan (author, journalist and social media expert) and chosen 3 words to focus on and guide me through the year.  I “think” I picked up on this from Katybeth at Odd Loves Company back years ago when she talked about it but it has been a really good tool for me over the years.

The words I have chosen previously have all been great words.  They all held different meanings for me and it seemed like each time I focused on the words for the year I was able to recenter and pull myself back into a sense of purpose.  I need purpose in life.

Resolutions have never been my strength.  I have problems with “stick-to-itiveness” and always have felt that I have failed when it came to keeping long term resolutions.  The one thing that I have stuck to is writing this blog.  I am not sure why this has become my “thing” but it has.  It started out as an online journal of sorts, a travel diary, and has morphed into more of an addiction.  But a good kind of addiction.  I have found friends like you who are reading this whom I never would have found before.  I have been able to write about my adventures and for some reason a lot of you have stuck around to read about them.

I am extremely grateful for that.  Life is amazing and my life is enriched by knowing you are out there reading.  I have picked up a few new readers lately and am thrilled to be able to get to know each of you a bit better through your comments and perhaps–by returning the favor and following your blog.

As 2014 comes to a close within the week I am left wondering what my three words for 2015 will be.  The words in the above picture have served me well over the last 4 years and I want to be able to choose words that will guide me through the choppy waters that might be ahead.  I will be  putting a lot of thought into them over the next week or so.

Thanks for coming along for the ride.  Come January I will share my new words with you and would love to hear what you intend to focus on in 2015.  Comments, as always, are welcome here.  Why don’t you share with me what your thoughts are today.


  1. My thoughts today: I am thankful to have had one day when all three of my grown “children” were together at our extended family Christmas.

    I will always be among your faithful followers, Beth Ann, and one of your biggest fans. You possess a heart that overflows with compassion and care.

  2. Courage, Create and Commit served me well last year. I am pretty sure I will keep courage for another year and replace commit with ACT. The words in your cloud are strong. I like rekindle. A word I associate with you is Be. I have no idea why. I am so glad blogging is your thing or thang (after all you are in Texas….) it’s such fun hangin’ out with you. ♥

  3. Love this! Can’t wait to see what your words for 2015 are!

  4. Merry Christmas Beth Ann!

  5. Focus for 2015–make more time for art and get rid of unnecessary ”stuff” come to mind. That’s probably enough to keep me busy all year!

  6. This is a great idea!

  7. Helen Brown says:


  8. Have you not posted since 12/14 ? I have seen you often though. Thanks for your recent follow of my blog.

  9. Great post! You’ve an amazing blog! Happy to connect! Do read my writings too, will appreciate your views!

  10. I am with you on choosing words for themes for the year ahead. In 1999, I chose Inner peace and Happiness. On New Years Day I had come to the conclusion I should leave Scotland and return to the home of my ancestors in Ireland. I have never regretted it.

    • What a great move for you! I have done these for quite a few years and sharing them at the first of the year on the blog helps to keep me focused on them.

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