Jan 2

2014: A Year of Exploration

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The new year is here! I, for one, am so relieved. 2013 was a year of preparation. Financial planning, meal planning, and working toward deeper relationships with the most important people in my life. It was a very difficult year, in part because everything I did was some form of delayed gratification to reap in 2014, the year I move to Seattle.

I’m looking forward to this move as one of the most challenging and rewarding things I’ll probably do in my life. It has been a while since I really felt the wind of trajectory, and I need that! I’m the type of person who thrives on change, so a new chapter in life is certainly welcome.

I recently posted about digging deep to reveal meaningful goals, but I also think it’s important to help them stick by distilling your resolutions into a word or mantra that you can keep close to your heart when you need perspective.

In 2013, I did a lot of thinking and planning, but I still feel as though I’m standing in the same spot as the year before. 2014 is focused on growth through action. That’s why I have distilled my hopes for the year down to this one word:


When I think about exploring, my heart races with excitement. I am full of optimism about exploring a new city, myself, and the opportunities that are presented as I approach life with an open heart. Giving myself permission to explore gets me off the hamster wheel of comfort, which is a dangerous exercise in your 20s.

As you make your first attempts to enact your resolutions for this shiny, new year, I definitely recommend finding that motivating soundbite to keep the spirit of your intentions alive every day.

Feel free to share your motivational word for 2014 in the comments!


  1. Kristen

    January 2, 2014


    I love this idea of putting it into one word. Now I’m challenged to do it myself. The first word that I thought of was “Peace.” Looking to make peace with prior troubles, find peace in my relationships and in myself, creating peace in the environment that surrounds me. Thanks for this idea!!!

    1. Ashley Laabs

      January 3, 2014

      Yeah! I was just so tired of forgetting about my long winded, philosophical resolutions after life resumed its hectic pace. I have another project with this coming up soon that I think you’ll like!

      Peace…that’s a big one! I would love to hear how that’s going for you! Keep me updated.

  2. nikkiana

    January 6, 2014


    My word for the year is “magical”. I’m still trying to figure out how to explain why to others…

    1. Ashley Laabs

      January 13, 2014

      I like that word. It makes me think of making the everyday more special, or seeking out unique experiences. Let me know when you figure it out!

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