This morning, I was up way before my alarm. Just laying in bed with my sleeping husband, with one cat on my hip and the other at my feet. (A second cat? Why yes! I’ll introduce her soon!) And I was thinking about my “words” for the years.

My word for 2013 was momentum. I came into 2013 just starting my coaching business. I wanted so much. I wanted to build clients, complete a coaching program, run a marathon, get the rest of my weight off, save money, quit my job in 2014. I had a grand plan. I just needed to stick with it.

And I did. For a while. I worked really, really hard for the majority of the year. Too hard, actually. I’m not sure exactly what my breaking point was, but when I decided that I couldn’t do it all, I just didn’t want to do anything. If it felt like work, I stopped doing it. I only did what came naturally to me. I didn’t run the marathon, but I didn’t stop running. I didn’t make a lot of changes in the specific foods that I eat, but I stopped paying attention to how much I was eating. I didn’t stop coaching, but I stopped actively seeking new clients. (And it didn’t help that I will pretty much have completely different “real” job duties in the next few months due to changes in my field and I have no idea what it will look like.)

I spent the last three months of 2013 on the couch, doing just what I needed to do to get by. I needed the rest. I needed the break. But what I didn’t need is the doubt that came along with resting. Maybe I’m not cut out for this. Maybe I’m not a coach. Maybe I’m not a runner. Maybe I’ll always wake up in the middle of the night worrying about our bank accounts (which is RIDICULOUS. We are FINE. Our savings account is twice what it was this time last year.).

And those thoughts right there – that doubt, that unreasonable panic, those lies I tell myself – is the inspiration for my word for 2014.


…assured that I will be taken care of. By my Creator, my husband, my friends, my family, myself.

…assured that I have what it takes to meet my goals. I can get this weight off (again). I can save money. I can build a coaching business that makes me happy and meets my needs.

…assured that I have the intelligence and creativity to rise to any situation that makes me uncomfortable. If I don’t know how to do something, I can figure it out. Just because I don’t know everything that I think I need to know today doesn’t mean that I won’t know it when I need to.

…assured that everything will be okay. Even when my head tells me something is traumatic or unsolvable or not possible. However things turn out, things will be okay.

Do you have a word for 2014? Would you like to schedule a complimentary session with me to chat about it? I have a few spots I’m going to open over the next week for word chats. Sign up here!

And my next offering starts on January 6. Eunoia is a different way to look at sculpting your year. We’ll focus on creating opportunities to build feelings of power, freedom, connection, and fun into your days. I am loving the shift I’ve seen in my thinking through creating this program, and am excited to see what it can do for you. And there is a special bonus for a friend through today! Click here for more info.

Happy 2014, friends!



  1. My word for 2014 is uncomfortable. I want to do something each day that is outside my comfort zone, or does not come easily for me – so that I can grow in my faith, my spirit, my physical body, and the relationships with those I cherish the most.

  2. My word this year is TRUST which is very similar to yours. I want to trust my gut, trust my God, trust that even though the Holli I see in the mirror today is dramatically different from the Holli I saw two years ago (even one year ago!), I will end up in the right place. Trust that if I’m supposed to find someone to be with, I will, and if I’m not, trust that that will be fine too. More trust, less fear.

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