December 31, 2014

My Word for 2015

The other day I was sitting with a friend and she asked me a tough question. She said, “What is the feeling that you want 2015 to stand for? Not a goal, not an achievement, but something that can’t be described other than just a general way you want to feel throughout the year?” Tough order, right?

In true Mary fashion, I threw out a few options….things that were really just goals and gold stars that I thought could masquerade as a general vibe. We’ll call them feelings with an overachiever complex. But my friend called me out on it every. single. time. “Tell me what you want to FEEL Mary, not just another thing you can do.”

I marinated on that a second. Chewed on my bottom lip, as I tapped freshly red painted nails in a drum beat across my right cheek.

And that’s when it hit me. Rooted. In 2015, I want to feel rooted. I had started with grounded, but that didn’t seem enough somehow. Grounded implies merely standing firm on something….but I wanted to dig in. To be anchored. To create permanence. To say, this thing that I’m doing, these things that I believe in, my place in this world…it goes way beyond the surface. It plugs in to something deeper. And it draws its strength from that.

In 2015, I want to feel rooted. I want to be rooted in our home, in our marriage, in our work, in what we do for others, and most of all my faith. I want to dig in and stand a little taller because I know who I am. I want to grow deeper in our friendships, deeper in our financial goals so we can give radically, and deeper in the way we serve others. I want our clients to feel so loved and taken care of. And we want to help other photographers change their businesses and really their lives from being able to do what they love with more success than they ever have before. I don’t want to build our platform because it has followers, instead I want to build a platform that is worth following. Because it helps people. We want to love audaciously. Give abundantly. And dream bigger than we ever have before.

And for me, all of that goes back to this word rooted.

So tell me, what do YOU want your 2015 to feel like? What is your word?

Bring it on 2015!

  1. sandra fazzino

    beautiful!! i’m going to tap my fingers on this one for a bit too, because it’s an excellent question. <3 <3 <3 cheers to 2015!

  2. Dan Ward Photography

    Gorgeous shots Justin!

  3. tonya

    ah! our pastor preached on being rooted this morning!!

  4. Marcia (123 blog)

    I thought my word was CONNECT but actually it’s ENOUGH :)

  5. Sarah Bradshaw

    My word is "Foundations." This is a "grounded" year for me, a year of preparation, getting ready for major life changes, and getting both personal and business life in order so I can focus on more important things.

  6. Jennifer

    I love that your word for 2015 is rooted. I think after your word "breathe" for 2014 this is a great new challenge. My word for 2015 is "authenticity" – becoming a more authentic blogger, living an authentic life, listening to my body and do what feels authentic to me.

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