Thursday 14 March 2013

My Word

Alas, like so many of my blogger friends have done already, I have finally found my word for the year 2013. But it is March now, you say? I say: I am slow. It's one of the things I have come to accept about me.

My mind did not seem to work right whenever I started thinking about what word could possibly sum up all my aspirations, and I finally turned to my tarot deck for some help. The first card I drew was perfect. The Seven of Wands, a card that symbolizes struggle, challenges and the readiness to fight. But it can also mean strength, self-belief, and courage. And see how the man holding the wand is wearing odd shoes? I think he is as absent-minded as I can sometimes be...

So, with all the contradicting meanings that this card carries, I figured out that my word for this year should be BALANCE.

I would love to be able to find the strength to fight my doubts, my worries and my feelings of inadequacy. I would like to learn how to control my tendencies to overindulge (in food, in brooding, in anger, in solitude...) and how to stop berating myself for my excessive behaviour. I would love to become more well-rounded in spirit, while being less rotund in the actual flesh.

I am seeking stability, because I often get dragged under in a perceived white-water rush of making decisions while figuring out what's best for me, or caught in a head full of contravening thoughts. I feel that knowing that BALANCE is my final aim will help me stop and re-focus when I am feeling like I am being swept away.

I absolutely do need BALANCE in my life, and I sure hope I can become more balanced and calm if I put my mind to it, persevere, and do not give up if it seems like a struggle.

Did you pick a word or mantra to help you focus on what is important this year? And has it been helping you already? Please do share your thoughts in the comment section.

© Text & Photos - Annika - All The Live Long Day (unless otherwise stated).


  1. I wish you the best of luck in your search for balance in your life. Being aware of things you'd like to change is definitely a great first step.

    I didn't pick a word, but I did think about a goal for myself ... It's the same one I've had for a few years, and that is to get out with other people more than I do. I have a tendency towards being a loner, and even though that state has been my choice, it just ends up making me feel regretful and well, lonely. So now I have deemed to accept every invitation to do something socially. And am also making much more of an effort to organize social outings. I can't say that I'm succeeding to the point that I'd like, but things are moving in the right direction!

  2. I think all creative people are constantly seeking but please don't have feelings of inadequacy, you come across as very caring, lively and talented and your blog is great! My word for this year is similar in some ways. Rather than constantly seeking happiness I am trying to be 'content'. I seem to spend my life in such a rush trying to do a zillion things but have decided that I need to slow down a little and appreciate the simpler things in life.

    1. Oh boy! Thank you very much for you kind words! I know what you mean about trying to be content. I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to my personal life, always trying to be my best self, and I often do not appreciate the things I already have going for me.

  3. I love having my tarot cards read... xoxoxo

    PS: youre not advertising on my page. Hmm. Use "SWAP" to get it for free mmmkay?

    1. I'm trying to learn to get better at it, so I do not always have to look up all the cards' meanings.

      P.S.: I didn't know if you were swapping again, but I got right on it. :o) Thanks for reminding me!


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