word of the year (+ a giveaway!)

Have you picked a word for 2014 yet? 

I’ve actually had my word picked out since June when I ordered this planner (mine was ending in October) and chose the word adventure to be printed on the cover. Then I found out we were having twins. Adventure indeed! 

Last year, on December 31, I published this blog post where I wrote:

What I want for 2013 is to trim the fat, cleanse the clutter and step into a more vibrant life for myself. What I want for 2013 is to SHINE.

And I think that’s what I’ve done over the year. I’ve learned to say yes to the things I really want and to say no to the things that I don’t. I closed the chapters on old dreams so I could move on to new ones

I declared that this was my year to shine, and shine I did! 

For 2014, I’m moving on to adventure. To committing to having more fun, to worrying less, to letting myself walk away from all the things I think I should be doing and just live my life more. To staying open to what may come my way in the new year. 

To letting every new day be an adventure. 

As a bonus, I picked a second word for my business in 2014: legit. I want this to be the year that I finally feel on top of things as a business owner. That I take risks while stabilizing at the same time. That I trust my voice and the skills I have to help make peoples’ lives better. (Or should I say skillz?)

Do you partake in the tradition of choosing a word for your year? 

Giveaway Time: 

I had so much fun with last year’s giveaway that I’m going to do it again! For your chance to win both a 2014 Sparkle & Shine Calendar AND a spot in More Shenanigans, Please (starting January 1), leave a comment below letting me know your word for 2014 (or why you don’t choose one) along with your email address. I’ll choose a winner randomly on 12/31 at 9am. 

(For those of you who’ve already registered for the course, if you win, you can either gift your spot to a friend or get a refund.)

Ready, set, go…

Update: Congratulations Kira Elliott for winning the giveaway! 

**graphics by Erin Cassidy for Tiffany Han Coaching

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66 thoughts on “word of the year (+ a giveaway!)

  1. My word is: OWN. In 2014, I'm going to own who I am. I'm going to take control of my thoughts and most importantly: my feelings! No more instant reactions….I'm going to actively choose my reactions and not let the little sensitive girl inside me get the best of me!

  2. My word is SUNSHINE! I'm brining sunshine back in 2014. I've lost my sparkle and shine….at least demonstrating it consistently. It's there…I want to tap into it daily, in my relationships, my work and for myself.
    2014 is the year of SUNSHINE!

  3. My word for 2014 is Faith! I tend to over-think everything from weight loss to how to do lifts when I'm working out to finding my soulmate….I need to have faith that everything will work out when it's supposed to…I started by putting my scale away last week. I was getting upset with the weight not coming off fast enough and beating myself up about it. No bueno! Decided to weigh once a month. It will come off in due time if I keep doing what I'm doing. :)

  4. My word last year was Shine! I haven't picked one for this year yet. I'm debating between NOURISH, BRAVE or FIERCE, but honestly none of them have really hit me yet, as the "one," so I'm still searching. Thanks so much!

  5. I didn't choose a word for 2013, but I did have a theme which was essentially "learning" and "practice". I participated in a bunch of classes, seminars, and portfolio reviews and other networking events. For 2014 I am assigning a word for the first time, because I noticed everything I need to work on has a recurrent theme: Clarity. The plan is to take charge of everything I gained/learned over 2013 and apply it toward personal and business goals. It has a couple meanings, the most literal is to pickup, move & organize my space/studio and finances. The second meaning is a soul cleanse/purification… probably the more important of the two notions. It may be more beneficial if I have inner peace as I navigate spreadsheets!

  6. My word is CURIOSITY. I want to approach my fears with a sense of curiosity, wondering what could happen rather than being fearful of what might or might not happen. I want to be curious in all my doing and being. I believe that carrying a sense of curiosity will help me find adventure and fun in my day to day life. Hooray for 2014!

  7. I really LOVE your idea of legit. I am in the same space right now. I want to be taken seriously as a person and business owner…and I want to take myself seriously. I want to set my business up to succeed and lay a good foundation for the successful years to come. And when it gets a little tough, I want to be able to tell myself I am too legit to quit, and then break into song and dance.

  8. I am hoping to set some time aside this week to finalize my word…but my main contenders are: flexible, abundant, inspired, creative & adventure….

    We'll see where I land.

  9. My word for the next year will be DARE. i have just recently started to dare in my life for real and it feels so refreshing! It is a kind of mantra now.It also stands very close to COURAGE. I am still afraid of many things but will try to fight them and be more courageous. Happy New Year to everybody!

  10. Hola everyone!

    My theme for the year is PASSIONATE FOCUS.
    In 2013 I finally discovered my passion and 2014 will be the year I will focus on creating a life and business around it.

    I feel inspired, even thinking about it!

    Have an extraordinary 2014 everyone!

  11. I've never had a word of the year before, it's just not something I've ever considered doing before. However, I've been thinking a lot lately about who I am, at my core. I've discovered I'm all about love. Everything I do comes from love. That may seem obvious, but I've realised I can be me, unconsciously, automatically, without even thinking about the why behind all I do – it's just the way I am.

    Now I've discovered it, I want my word to be LOVE. To continue doing what I do, but be aware of the why, really feel it, and send it out. Love gets me through most things, it makes sense to make it my focus for the year. :)

    Email: joannestapley@gmail.com

  12. My word this year is commit. I am at a cross road to which passion I want to take to the next level and I need to fully commit I have been wishy washy the last quarter of this year just figuring things out. Now it is time to make decisions, dive in and see where this adventure takes me!

  13. My word for 2014 is CREATE – for so long now I have been planning what I want to do and then never taking the final step and actually starting. So 2014 is the year when I will actually create the many things that have been circling my mind for years now. I'm super excited to start moving in the right direction!

  14. My word for 2104 is ACT. This year there is no more reacting. Or waiting or procrastinating.
    I have so much to do and see and discover. No more
    Feeling a step behind!

  15. My word for 2014 is: GO. In addition to the GO part of leading yoga retreats on the other side of the world, I plan to put a little extra pep in my step and take action on some life-items I've been dilly-dallying on. So, come on 2014, Let's GO!!

  16. Thanks so much for this post Tiffany. My word for 2014 is actually NO, haha. This past year I've said yes to clients, jobs, or social things that aren't for me or don't get me closer to my goal. Starting in 2014 like you've been saying I'm going to slowdown, make time for the fun, and say NO to anything that doesn't get me closer to my dream.

  17. My word for 2014 came to me about six months ago. I wasn't sure how to apply it at the time, but now I'm sure. My word is GIDDY. I'm going to look for things that make me feel giddy inside. Put more things in my life that make me so happy I can't help but giggle and smile. No rules on what this is…from hobbies and activities to work projects or ice cream. If it makes me giddy, I want more of it!

  18. My word for this year is fearless! I have allowed fear and self-doubt to rule my life for far too long. This will be the year I get my art and illustration business going and also the year in which I will be traveling to England on my own and live there for 6 months!

  19. I want to be BRAVE with GRACE, this year. To be brave in all of life, while living gracefully through it — the difficulties, the adventures, the most beautiful of what next year will be. I just want to be brave in new ways and live gracefully.

  20. I can see myself being lazy by picking everyone else's word – all are very good choices and reasons.

    NO! For my word I choose:
    Challenge minus 'lle ' equals CHANGE, which is always for the better!!!

    I am going to challenge myself by finally starting my own business which will change my life for the better!!! =>¡<=

    ('lle' = lousy, lame excuses)

  21. In 2013, my word was GRACE – learning to wash "just that one coffee mug" – through glitterbomb, i learned how to be okay in the gray (thank you, thank you!). For 2014, my word is PURPOSE. i'm ready to act – start – do – begin – live – love – laugh in 2014 and I want all that I do to be meaningful. I want to work with purpose, not for the sake of being busy. there will be a lot of uncertainty in 2014 because of grad school ending and i want to follow my PURPOSE, not prestige.

    jmr224 [at] gmail [dot] com

  22. My word is THRIVE…it's time!!! I am ready and open to receive all of the good, love and success that comes to me in 2014.

  23. Ohhh, great post! I haven't decided which one feels just right yet, but my word for 2014 is definitely either engagement or connection. I spent 2013 busy, busy, busy and got so much of what I wanted. 2013's word abundance treated me well, but sometimes I was too busy to take it all in. This year I want to slow it all down and really engage and connect and document it all for memories' sake. My son turns seven tomorrow and as I lean into what this means for his growth and our homeschooling, engagement and connection will definitely be key. And shenanigans, of course. :) Thanks, Tiffany!


  24. My word for 2013 was LEAP. My life had changed in drastic ways due to the loss of my son's father the year before. I had so many new projects I wanted to do. I was ready live again. I leaped into many new adventures and took many risks.
    And I was not all ready too, I think a lot of my "leaping" was also about avoiding the grief, avoiding feeling.

    So my word for 2014 is Balance. I space and time to just sit and wander, do nothing. I also need to continue to work on my creative projects. email is kira {at} kiraelliott {dot} com. Peace to you and your family and all of the adventures of 2014.

  25. Your blog is adorable and what an awesome idea!!! My word for 2014 is SYMPATHY. I feel too often that I get too caught up in my life to remember that others are going through their own things. This year I vow to be more kind and thoughtful of others feelings and my actions toward them. My email is laurynnnbff@yahoo.com

  26. My word for 2014 is TRUST. I've never been this light up by a word! I'm currently 25 weeks pregnant and my pregnancy has ushered in amazing healing with the relationship between me and my body. I'm simply in awe of the process of creating and nourishing life within myself. TRUST for me means : trust in my bodies inherent ability to give birth, trust in myself that I will be a mindful and kind mother and trust in love that I will continue to be supported through this new chapter in my life. So fucking lit up!!!!!!

  27. I haven't chosen a word for a couple years now because I just wanted to commit to my list of values that you helped me compose. But then my best friend asked me if I had a word for next year and it got me thinking. I will explain more in a long overdue blog post, but I just had to share my word with you. Ready for it? Here it is …. Legendary (or rather Legen-wait-for-it-dary). It may not be legendary by someone else's definition but it's really my definition that matters. So like I said, I'll explain more in a blog post, but I couldn't help but want to share with you. I imagine a bit of adventure will be involved, too.❤️

  28. My word for 2014 will be GRATITUDE. I am blessed and grateful and in challenging circumstances I need to keep a grateful heart and express my gratitude!

  29. CONTRAST. Besides being a lovely, arty word, I would like for 2014 to be different than 2013. A line on the page with darkness on one side and light on the other for 2014. This comes with an acceptance that to see the light you have to have the dark. A life lived in mid-tones would be very bland indeed.

  30. I've decided that 2014 is our time to SHINE. Apologies for stealing your word 😉 After a pretty rough end to 2013, I'm looking forward to moving onwards and upwards, and shining even through the challenges. Good luck with your adventure! x

  31. HI Tiffany. Thanks as ever for your beautifully crafted messages. I love Shenanigans as word, especially because it's got 'she' in there, and I'm a 'she', who plans to focus a lot more on that part of my life. But after thinking about it, as I sometimes do (hahaha, as I too often do), I've decided on HIJINKS. Which can be one word or two, and means 'unrestrained fun'. I'm going to take the leash off myself, and see which way I want to run. Scary, right? Which is a sure sign it's the right decision.

    p.s. Sooo excited for your twins to arrive! Thanks for sharing and letting us in on the excitement.

  32. My word for the year is BOOM!

    BOOM means starting projects with confidence and finishing them with competence.

    BOOM means walking into a room and rocking it.

    BOOM means taking chances, making art, and traveling to far-off places.

    BOOM means taking life up a notch… and having lots of fun in the process!

  33. My word for 2014 is SETTLE. Perhaps an unlikely choice given how much we're told never to settle for less than we deserve. But I'm talking about 'to establish residence in' and 'to put firmly in a desired position or place' and 'to restore calmness and comfort to'. I want that feeling all year of burrowing down into a comfy blanket on a sofa with an inspiring book. Ah… bliss!

  34. My word is PRIDE – I want it to drive every decision & action I take. I felt that 2013 left me lacking in this area, and I followed other drivers (money, ease, sped etc) that would satisfy me in some ways, or in the short term, but let me down in other ways/long term. If I make sure I'm proud of my choices then I know I will be more deeply satisfied – now AND later.

  35. One word for this year: GLOW … it's that energy when some is enthused, happy, content, "in their element" … to me it encapsulates radiating energy from within, whether that's passion, curiosity, joy, being grounded, empathetic, present.

    This year I really want to focus on taking care of myself and putting habits into practice in my life that set the stage for me glowing from within as much as possible, and in doing so I'll be bringing my best possible self to wherever I am.

  36. RELINQUISH. My 2014 word for letting go of the felt/perceived need to control; which is based in fear. I want to choose based in love. A year of accepting things as they are, the good, sad, the joyous, and the uncomfortable; and the inevitable loss. Letting go of the old, opening fully to the new!!!!

  37. Like you, I have had my 2014 word chosen for a while. It's Perspective. Following close behind is Peace.
    It's time for both in my life.

  38. My word for 2014 is EXECUTE!

    It's time to stop with the excuses…"I can't do that because it may not work" or "I can't do that because I'm not formally trained to do it".

    Enough is enough! I'm ready to scare myself a little bit this year and push forward!!

    email: nicolep.aguilar@gmail.com

  39. My word is KISS – keep it simple sweetheart (not stupid). I posted this word on my bulletin board at work before I retired. (They) tell me it's still there. Having been a Technical Writer, I know the great power of this acronym. So I will listen to myself, simplify my product, take notes from my mentors, continue creating what I love, and feel great satisfaction and joy at what I DO.


  40. My word for my 2014 is EXPLORE: I'd like to be more adventurous in my daily life, breaking out of my comfort zone! Thank you for this opportunity:) my email is ilaria[dot]b[at]live[dot]com

  41. My word for 2014 is FACTION, an unusual combo of FUN and ACTION. In order to make things happen this year I need to make it happen, hence the Action. While I am in action phase, I need to make sure I am having fun while I am doing it, otherwise, it's just work otherwise.

  42. Ok, so I just heard about the One Little Word a few weeks ago and just started following you a few days ago. I was so surprised to read that your word for 2013 was shine – that is the word I picked for 2014. I have even made a graphic for my desktop.

    It is time for me to come out of my shell and SHINE.

  43. My word is RECEPTIVE. I want to be open and ready for the changes and ideas that I feel are coming my way–I don't want to shut myself down before I even try something. Therefore, I'm promising myself that I will be receptive about all things in order to find my best path.

  44. My word for 2014 is Presence. I want to be present for my life, days & moments of 2014. I want to establish a ritual, practise & sense of being present that stays with me for the rest of my life. Thanks for the question! It brought up some real great stuff for me. You're awesome! Xo

  45. My word for 2014 is CURIOSITY. I feel this could be a freeing word for me. Curious to see how things will turn out. Curious on what it will be like to follow through on my intentions on any given matter. I think it could open so many things for me in the coming year!! BRING IT ON!!

  46. My word(s) are actually "Show Up" and refers to putting in the energy, time, and focus into my business and showing up even when I'm fearful, intimidated, or insecure. Showing up for everything that feels good, even if it's scary feels so right for 2014. :-)

  47. Instead of standing still or backsliding, I've got to move FORWARD. That's my word. Forward. If I say I want to get healthy, or get that @)*#)$ website up, or make an online presence beyond an occasional Facebook post, I've got to move FORWARD. When I start looking back, or start watching what other people are doing, that I'm not, I need to gently turn my head forward and put one foot in front of the other. Baby steps if need be, but forward, never the less.

  48. My word for 2014 is SURRENDER….to the joy and growth that can be found in the journey, not just the destination…..to the faith that with the work I put into my dreams, it will all work out as it should….my expectations and timelines

  49. My word for 2014 is: MOMENTUM. 2013 was all about getting things into place – at my day job, with my relationship, and with my side business. Now, I am ready to activate all of that by doing and being who I am now. I am excited to piece by piece and day by day build and deepen my life, and to build momentum! connectthedotscrafts at gmail dot com.

  50. Hmmm, well I haven't decided on my official word yet but I like the idea of Quality. I need to start spending quality time with the people and things I love instead of being half there a lot of the time. :)

  51. HEALTHY. in every sense of the word. Healthy body. Healthy mind. Healthy finances. Healthy living. Healthy family. I am so glad I found you in 2013, Tiffany. I haven't fully embraced all that you have to offer yet (not because of you but mostly because of my impossible busy-ness that's more about not being smarter with my choices than actually being busy) but i think 2014 is my year to get on the Tiffany train. AND i actually choose ADVENTURE as my word for the year before I saw your word, I even painted the Teva tag line on my kitchen wall this week .. "Live Better Stories" . The love of the outdoors is a constant pull in me and I am embracing it this year and intend to have many adventures in 2014. Thanks for all you do and for your seemingly lack of tiredness. CHEERS!

  52. My word for 2014 is Create. I want to be intentional as I move forward into 2014. I want to create space to dream. I want to create art to appreciate. And I want to create hope to live most fully. To me, the word create shows me that I can influence my own life every day, with my best visions in mind.

  53. My word for 2014 is achomplish (ed) this word will just be the driving force behind everything I do. To accomplish my goals as a coach and creative developer to accomplish the goals that the organizations And people I work with. To have a list if things is see that you are achomplidhing things are just a joyous feeling. If I had to pick a second word I would use imagine. Because I want to push my imagination to beyond the max and I want to encourage everyone to imagine!

  54. My word is PATIENCE – I'm currently at a cross roads with my creativity and want a change of direction, I want to give useful the time to explore new ideas rather than rushing to the end, thinking of what I want to achieve before I've really started. I also want to be more patient in life in general

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