Tuesday, January 1, 2013

(En)joy...My Perfect Word for 2013



No, I don't know Lucy and Sam, but these fun decorations caught my eye on Pinterest and nicely illustrate my word for 2013. My word(s) for last year were (Embrace) Change. I started with all good intents, but friends, I failed miserably. I didn't embrace change, but rather got pushed along by the winds of change, kicking and screaming. I was nowhere close to any embrace of change. Yes, there were several major issues that were challenges, challenges of illness and natural disaster. But the big looming personal issue of retirement rose like a shadow over the year. I had a number of solid reasons for postponing it, but in back of it all, I am scared of loneliness and worried about money. There, it's out in the open.

I am by nature serious, and, at times quite a worrier. It's served me well at work, where being a worrier is often useful. But it's not fun. As I move forward into this next phase it's time for less worry and more fun. It's time for joy and to enjoy all the days that are given to me. (En)joy!

For the next ten days I will be posting about the ten things I want to explore in 2013. Some have to do with this blog -- nothing earth shattering -- just a few things I would like to add. Others are about places I hope to visit and things I want to do.

The new year is off to a good start. The day is clear and I walked a mile in the course of my errands. Walking has been difficult and it felt great to be able to accomplish this. It was easy last year at this time to walk a mile and I want it to be just as easy in the new year. I went to Michael's -- Valentine's Day is just around the corner -- Home Goods and Whole Foods. I tried a new bagel store in the neighborhood and they had great coffee. I've had a wonderful time visiting blog buddies all over the world. That latter especially is a joy and I wish you all...

Joy in 2013

20 comments:

Deanna said...

And I too wish you JOY in the New Year. And it certainly sounds like you are en"joying" your start. Think I might have to go to Home Goods...love that place. And I have already taken a walk!!

Susie said...

Buttercup, I know exactly how you feel when it comes to retirement. I was ever so eager to retire. It turned out to be difficult. My parents became ill and passed away..that was hard to deal with. Then our compnay started messing with all that we thought would be a sure thing once we retired. Changing insurance...we pay more ourselves for way less. There is the one main thing you need to know everything about...your insurance.As we age we need it more. Never did I dream , I would need to be a legal, medical genius. I will wish you luck with all your choices. xoxo,Susie

Ms Sparrow said...

Surely your list of 10 things won't be your (gasp) Bucket List! I have a mental list of things that I want to get done but I keep bumping up against the idea that to do them is preparation for death and something in me rebels against it. I empathize with your concerns about retiring. You never know how much preparation is enough. I retired at 65 because I'd convinced myself I wouldn't live very long. But here I am, wishing I had worked a little longer and had more income. There are some things in life that are pure guess work! I love your tag line "Joy in 2013"!

Sheilagh said...

Enjoy was going to be my word for 2013 but I decided I needed something stronger to get me through what I need to do this year. I too am very nervous about retirement for similar reasons. The loneliness, I enjoy being part of the team at work and I am going to miss that so much. Financially it is different as I have Ralph to support me and he doesn't retire for another five years yet.It will be the end of my financial independence, but not in the same league as you. Retirement used to be something to look forward to but now it is dreaded.

Love your post and your comment on my blog.

Big Love and Hugs

Sheilagh

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

To ENJOY is a wonderful word. There are so many joys in everyday and so many don't take the time to see them. I'm trying to be very THANKFUL. I didn't really choose a word but that would be it if I did. Happy New Years Day. May 2013 bring you all good things to ENJOY!

Bobbi and Gracie said...

Joy and Enjoy are both great words! I tend to be a worrier as well... but I am trying to turn that around. That's a toughie! I hope your new year is filled with much JOY and that you ENJOY each and every day! God bless!

Simply Debbie said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR CAROL,
I think God will send people around you that will give you advice like Susie did. You love to travel...I don't think you will ever be lonely...but only you know when the time is right...
hugs and prayers

Nellie said...

I send you wishes for joy as well, Buttercup! I look forward to following along during 2013.

Melinda said...

A popular word indeed.
Sounds like you a great day!

M :)

Lynda said...

I think you did well with change last year. You began a de-clutter and watched spending. Also, you had to have surgery after a scarey diagnosis. The idea of retirement takes a lot of getting used to. I had more anxiety over the decision than actually announcing it. Yes, I get concerned about some stuff, too - - - but really felt God led me to do this - - - so that makes it right. I am staying focused on my goals that I want to accomplish - - but also realize I will need to make plans to stay connected to people since they will not be coming into the library to see me each day! However, we have total JOY about me keeping our grandson.

Theresa said...

Joy is a wonderful word for 2013! I pray that you will find TONS of Joy and happiness, no worries and much friendship all around! BIG HUGS to you dear friend!!! Happy New Year!

Mevely317 said...

What a great choice! ... Will you be my role-model? (I, too, tend to be too serious and carry with me a multi-generational worry-gene.)
Joy? Perhaps I've thought that too indulgent in recent years.
But, no. You're such an inspiration ... and I suspect this "joy" business might be contagious.
Can't wait to read more!
Hugs from Phoenix,
Myra

Lauren Davenport said...

I'm looking forward to your next 10 days of posts!

Nancy Claeys said...

Joy and Enjoy... two great words for any year. Hope your 2013 is full of both! xo

Kristen @ Change of Pace said...

I just might steal your word too. Can I have two words? ;) I too am a worrier. Allllll the time! I need to slow down and enjoy everything. Small and large...

Denise D Hammond, CGFM-Retired said...

Carol,

Enjoy everything in your life, even your job. I left mine and retired when the job was no longer 'fun'. You will know when the time is right, maybe even this year. Thanks for the mention of eating healthier in your comment to me. Somedays I could live on dried fruit and nuts, so I am hoping to eat a more balanced diet in 2013 too.

Linda Primmer said...

It's great you have list for 2013.
Let's hope 2013 bring us all hope, peace, happiness, good health and prosperity. Retirement is wonderful. I don't know where the time goes. My husband recently retired and is loving it. Good luck with your goals. I gave Barbara (Two Birdies and a B.) her new look.
Happy New year...

Loretta said...

Hope 2013 brings much JOY in your life! The walk sounds like an interesting one...I need to follow suit!

Warmest Regards,
Loretta

Gloria said...

I'm a worrier too, you are not alone. And oh, how jealous I am of your talking about the bagel place... There's NOTHING like a NYC bagel, I miss them so much. In CT, they are crap! Oh well... ;)
Best,
Gloria

Pamela said...

I'm thrilled our blogging paths crossed! (En)joy is a beautiful word and just so different from joy. We certainly can have the joy of the Lord without enjoying life. I can't wait to see what books you are reading.