My Word of the Year #InspiringMoms

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to join a group called Inspiring Moms Network. One of the first emails from the network founder challenged me to participate in choosing a word of the year. The more I thought about it the more I wanted it to be a word that really defined my 2013 year.

I’ve been thinking that while I thought life was harder once I became an adult, compared to my teen years, my life since November 29, 2004 has been even harder still. In moments of weakness I pray, “Lord, when will it let up. It seems we have been on a downward spiral since 2004.” The downward spiral started with the loss of our son, Matthew in utero, accompanied by Robert’s long time boss selling the business, new boss, husband unhappy with job for the first time EVER, exhausting sixth pregnancy, loss of job, 19 months of unemployment, rough eighth pregnancy, and the seemingly awful struggle to survive financially.

If I were to go back and choose a word for 2012 it would be TIRED. Yes it’s uninspiring, but it’s the truth. 2012 was tiring. Yet it had pockets of hope filled moments.

Words I considered for my Word of the Year:









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Then after all those things passed through the endless web of thoughts in my brain, I finally decided that MOTIVATED is my 2013 word of the year. MOTIVATED encompasses being motivated to be BETTER, to be MOTIVATED to CHANGE and IMPROVEMENT, to be MOTIVATED to restore what the locusts have eaten, to be MOTIVATED to be full of JOY, CONTENTMENT and GRATITUDE for what I have now, for what I will have and for what I have experienced in the past.



a motivating force, stimulus, or influence : incentive, drive
~ Merriam Webster Dictionary

How about you, are you MOTIVATED to choose a word of the year for 2013?

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  1. Maryann says:

    I LOVE the word and I think you are a very awesome person, so I know it will get better. You are very motivated!

  2. I need to be reminded of this word every day!

  3. Stacey says:

    Thank you for being part of the Inspiring Moms Network. I LOVE what you said about finding “pockets of hope filled moments”. Cheers to more and more hope filled moments in 2013!

    In Joy,

  4. great reminder. thanks for sharing.

  5. Donna says:

    I would choose motivated, too! :) I have lacked motivation for awhile and recently decided I was going to get MOTIVATED. I have to say it’s working pretty good. :)

  6. Mom Foodie says:

    I like your word choice, and the reasoning behind it.

  7. Glad you are staying motivated, Donna!

  8. I love this!! You can accomplish anything (within reason) if you are motivated!

  9. Thanks, Jenn. It’s true. The key is to keep the motivation rolling to accomplish what you are motivated to do! ;)

  10. Mellsa says:

    This is awesome Theresa!!!

  11. Kathleen says:

    Can I borrow your word? I could use some motivation.

  12. Jennifer says:

    thank you for this. I needed it after today

  13. Lolo says:

    That is a great word to think about daily!

  14. Leilani says:

    I think my word of the year is CHANGE. I know this year will be one of many changes. Hopefully, all good.

  15. I definitely need to be reminded of this everyday, thanks!

  16. That’s a great word choice! I really hope 2013 is better for you.

  17. That’s a perfect choice, and I wish you a year full of it!

  18. Marcie W. says:

    What an inspiring post and after the dreadful Monday morning I’ve had, I really needed to see some words of encouragement! Thanks!

  19. Sorry you had such a bad morning, Marcie! So glad that you found some words of encouragement in this post. Hugs!

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