I teach children’s Bible classes. One year I drafted a curriculum for 9-11 year olds with principles for dealing with the bombardment of inappropriate messages to kids: Foundation, Fortress, Filter, Focus, Friends. While explaining the course to a fellow teacher, I said that I was using F-words for each lesson.
She flinched, and I immediately caught my error. Thenceforth, I made certain at all times to refer to the list as “words that begin with F.”
I had a similar realization when I was thinking about resolutions for the New Year. Several other writers (Kait Nolan and Raelyn Barclay among them) have mentioned adopting a single word as an inspiration for what they hope to achieve in 2013.
The word that appealed to me was FORWARD. I want to keep moving forward with my goals in 2013 and not stagnate (like I did somewhat in 2012).
But other words began to crop up in my head too. Words like FOCUS–keeping my mind, time, and resources on what is most important–and FAMILY–recognizing how few years I really have left with my children at home.
I kept going with the letter F theme, and here is my list of “Words that Begin with F” for 2013.
FORWARD. No looking back. No standing still. Keep moving forward.
FOCUS. No caving to distractions. No time-suck on details. Stay focused on what matters.
FAMILY. Spend more time with my fabulous family.
FAITH. Invest more time in Bible study and prayer. God has done so much for me. I want to know Him better.
FICTION. Write, write, write. Edit, edit, edit. Publish, publish,… You get the point.
FIT. Get healthy. Eat better. Exercise regularly. Drink more water. Sure I’m not 20 anymore, but I want to be healthy in my 40+ years.
FORTY. Check off “bucket list” activities. A few years back, I made a 40 After 40 List with forty items to accomplish in my life after I hit that big 4-0. I have let that list languish. It’s time to go back to my 40 items and start living out what I want to do.
And finally, here’s a phrase beginning with F: Fess Up. Yes, it’s time to fess up on how I did with A Round of Words in 80 Days this past week.
- Complete full rewrite of SHARING HUNTER. In the hands of a Beta reader.
- Work with editors on short story for Orange Karen Anthology. Waiting for the call.
- Revisit GRACE & FIRE (1st novel) and run through one more round of edits. Made it through 10 chapters, so I’m up to chapter 14 of 29.
- Write one full short story.
- Write blog posts for Sundays (including ROW80 updates) and Wednesdays. Done. Posted on Christmas Gifts and #ROW80 on Sunday, If Da Vinci Tweeted on Wednesday, and Bond-ing with the Family on Friday.
- Start plotting sequel to GRACE & FIRE (working title: HOPE & ASHES). Researching fire, arson, and–saddens my heart–burned bodies.
- Read and work through Empowering Character Emotions by Margie Lawson (lecture packet). Bam! Finished. I worked through a chapter each day to complete this packet. Good stuff in there.
- Read and work through The Art of War for Writers by James Scott Bell. Will start this week.
- Read at least eight fiction books. Read Hush Now, Don’t You Cry by Rhys Bowen and halfway through The Yard by Alex Grecian.
- Exercise twice a week. Zumba on Monday and Thursday.
- Take a true Sabbath–no working and time with God and family one day a week. You won’t see me today online. I’ll be back in full swing on Monday.
What would be your word for 2013? Do you have any other great words that begin with F to add to my list?
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