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Slice of Life: One Little Word for 2018



I had this picture of my boys as my laptop screensaver for most of 2017.  There is so much I love about this photo — a memory of a great vacation, a beautiful vista, a slice of my boys enjoying each other — but there was something else about it that left me mesmerized by it.  Throughout the year I thought about it and came to realize this photo really represented where I am in my life right now.  My boys are looking ahead and charting a course.  It is vast – some parts are known and some unknown. I am not leading them or even with them.  I am nearby – watching, hoping, cheering, worrying, and trusting.  This is the next phase of our journey together.  We are ready.

So, what word will guide me through this next step of my life?  There are so many changes ahead.  Which word will stand by my side?  Which word will conjure up the feeling I have when I look at this photo? I thought about hope, but somehow it felt too passive. I thought about happy, but that seemed too easy.  I thought about the word present, but it is difficult to plan to be present when “where” is changing for some in my life. I settled on hope last night. It was close to what I wanted.  I could make it active.

Then this morning I turned on my computer and saw this tweet:

My word found me … create.  It is exactly what I was looking for this year.  It is hopeful and active.  It is about beginnings and excitement.  It is about discovering and planning.  Create.  I love how my word somehow finds me every year.  Happy 2018 – Clare

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    Posted at 12:50h, 02 January Reply

    Create. So perfect with your new book soon and Matt’s quote. Definitely meant to be! And what a gorgeous picture – the boys and the view!

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    Stephanie Affinito
    Posted at 14:41h, 02 January Reply

    I loved Matt’s tweet as well. I am glad this inspired you and love when the one little word finds me instead of me searching for it. Happy New Year!

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    Jennifer Laffin
    Posted at 14:58h, 02 January Reply

    Create is such a positive word and perfect for a new year. I think it goes deeper too. As our kids grow and leave us, we must create a new way of life for ourselves. This can be hard, but it is also exciting. Wishing you many beautiful beginnings for you to play in creating in 2018, Clare!

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    Posted at 15:00h, 02 January Reply

    Here’s to a 2018 full of creativity for you!

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    Ronda Schlumbohm
    Posted at 15:14h, 02 January Reply

    Create is a wonderful word to guide you this next year. After all, creating means exploring and playing with where the end result is joy. Happy New Year!

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    Posted at 19:09h, 02 January Reply

    I saw that tweet from Matt de la Pena and it moved me to want to create more (working with Lynne on the book will count as creating something!). Isn’t it funny how something like a social media posting can change our thinking and help us find a word to live by in the year to come?
    Have a wonderful year of creating ahead!

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    Posted at 19:45h, 02 January Reply

    A perfect word for a writer. Wishing you a year of creativity, in all its forms.

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    Christine Baldiga
    Posted at 00:19h, 03 January Reply

    First of all that picture!
    Great word Clare, especially for one with children needing and ready to make life changing decisions. I am certain you will create great things in 2018!

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