To 2013: the year of BE.


The year of BE.

When Lindsay first told me she thought my year would revolve around ‘BE,’ I didn’t quite ‘get’ how that could apply to this new year we face. But as I have thought more about it, it is so clear. It is the year of BE.

In 2013…I vow to:

BE still. 

I’ve embarked on a mission to do less, live more. Balance. Prioritize. Say no. Dont overplan. But the one piece missing is the ability to BE still. Just be. Don’t DO anything. Don’t HURRY through life. As I read this passage from Proverbes 31, I realized THIS is what I want: Eliminating hurry from my life took years of hard work. I had to choose to walk and talk slower. I had to eliminate responsibilities from my life, and plan ahead. Most importantly, I had to deal with the hidden issues that motivated me to hurry.

2013: the year I learn how to BE still.

BElieve in myself.

I need to keep this on my list as something I focus on in 2013, because I have clearly slid back here and there in being my own friend, and trusting my abilities, valuing my body and its strength, and seeing past what I may nitpick as my downfalls. This also goes for running. I vow this year will be the year I push past my comfort zone and fear of failure, fear of bad runs, and love/hate relationship with running that plagues me. I am hoping this girl can help me, but that ultimately, I can get out of my head and officially LOVE running through and through.

2013: the year I BElieve in myself.

BEcome a wife (and BE a good one!).

In 2013, M and I will marry, continuing our story, for the rest of our lives. I couldn’t feel more content, happy, and confident that this time…this time is far different. This time, I marry with intent, I love with intent and push complacency away, because truthfully, if I have learned anything, it’s that complacency is truly what unravels a marriage: There is a delicate nature to marriage. It’s so easy to forget that. It’s so easy to take it all for granted and stop being careful. Stop being mindful. Stop being protective.,

2013: I vow to M, to be a present, mindful, loving, intentful wife. As we blend our lives together, forever. 


I could take this notion of ‘be’ in so many directions, and the above sentiments are such universal truths in a sense. If you were to take this notion of ‘be’ – what would you vow to do in 2013? Really think about it….there are limitless possibilities.

I intentionally didn’t include any fitness or work goals in here, because I think those will come in time and naturally. I don’t need a fixed goal as my motivation…the above ‘goals’ are really what i feel what will keep me in check, motivated, and ultimately, a better friend, daughter, sister, aunt and (almost) wife. 


Cheers…to 2013 and the year of BE!

36 thoughts on “To 2013: the year of BE.

  1. I LOVE this sis. Just like we talked about last night when you mentioned the concept of “Be” at your mantra or mission for 2013 — it fits perfectly. And like you said, it applies to so many areas in your life, not just the ones you listed here. It makes me sit back and think how I want to “be” in 2013 too… for me, it’s a lot of being present, being intention-driven and just being me. No bs, no numbers goals or fitness goals per se, just living this life we’re so fortunate to have, and a pretty damn good life at that. Cheers sis – 2013 is going to BE beautiful 🙂

    1. It really has limitless possibilities, doesn’t it?! mostly what you say at the end, though, just BEing, just live, just do what makes us happy, no goals, no numbers, nada. BE! XOXO

  2. Absolutely beautiful, love! I think this is a wonderful focus for 2013 and that it will help you have your best year to date 🙂

  3. One of my favorite New Years posts I have read–making me feel great about my goals for the upcoming year. I do not have many quantifiable or easy to measure goals (many just “being”), but I think I will know if I am able to achieve them as time goes on.

    Looks like you have a great year ahead of you, and can’t wait to read about the wedding plans in the making 🙂

  4. This is such an eloquent post! I recently added the word “Be” to my blog header too – “Be Empowered, Be Happy, Be Free.” Just Be – that’s all that needs to be said.

    1. I will admit that being still is going to be a tough one for me to master, but I think it will really REALLY be a good one! we all need that more often!!

  5. What a beautiful post to start the year. I like the word BE and how it can have so many meanings. Sometimes I think I need to be still and a big one for me is believe in myself. It’s going to be a very special year for you.

  6. BEautifully written, friend. Happy New Year, by the way. Been a long time since I’ve talked to you! I love this post, and it was the perfect one to read first. (We need to catch up…I’d love to hear about wedding stuff. <3) I love your plan to just BE…no major planning, etc. I feel like I try to take on too much – and not for all the right reasons.

    1. Miss you friend! Love reading your comments, always so heartfelt and loving! ❤ I think you should also BE this year (I love your goals, though, they are similar to my mantra, pretty simple, and not biting off more than you can chew!) too, we all need to practice stillness more!

  7. It’s so true that the “we just grew apart” reason for divorce really means, we stopped putting each other first and neglected what was supposed to be the most important thing in our lives. I wish you all the best this year!!!

    1. absofriginlutely agree with you there! neglect and complacency are really the reasons, than ‘grew apart.’ more times than not, anyway. I wish YOU all the best this year too!!

  8. Great post! We are approaching this year with the same thoughts in SO many ways! Yes to not overplanning, yes to saying No, yes to feeling like you have time to relax. Yes, yes, yes…now we just need to learn how to enjoy that. I love it, I’m right there with you on learning to just be! Can’t wait to meet you soon!

    1. it is SO hard to just BE and not always be thinking 5 steps ahead, but I think it will ultimately help keep me centered, and not all over the place. Practice and do one thing well, not 5 things meh, right?? Can’t wait to meet up!

  9. I LOVE this! Such a beautiful post my friend. BE is such a perfect word and I love how you’ve focused on it. Yes to being still, being present, being intentional. I’m most excited about the last one for you. You will be an amazing wife.

  10. Cannot wait for your story to continue. May 2013 be your best year yet! Congrats on a beautiful 2012, WOW you are such a breath of fresh air. Love the energy you are carrying into next year!

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