Wednesday, October 3

My word for October

           Happy October loves!!

     I'm just gonna come right out and say that I've had a few more rough days than usual lately, but thanks to a big day of R&R mingled with some family rock climbing and dessert pizza and singing together, I'm feeling pretty peaceful and inspired:) So this seemed like a great evening to share a few thoughts with you guys about something that's really been great for me this year in hopes of inspiring you to do the same!

     Around the start of December last year I started seeing so many people sharing their 'word of the year' choice for 2018 that they were going to focus on, and I loved that idea of having a theme of sorts! The problem was that when I started putting together my own list of favorites, I couldn't decide on just one. So I saved my list in a draft, and instead I've chosen one for each month on the first day of that month, and it's been such a great way to really keep focused on my word and the 'why' behind each one.

     Here's the list of words that I've been choosing from each month:
     I haven't been sharing my words so far, but I want to share my word for October, and it is: REACH

Influenced greatly for sure by the rock climbing I've been doing nearly every day the last week or so since we bought the family membership. The metaphors for life right now in climbing have been so good for me mentally and spiritually, emotionally, not to mention physically (my arms are killing me.haha), and watching the kids excel at it too is so incredibly rewarding to watch!

     I want to go into it more about our new family obsession sometime soon, but I just love every part of the climbing process from planning out the route from the ground, then as you take steps up the wall and shift your weight and change directions, etc. When you feel all your muscles kicking in to help you stay on course, and when your next hold is just out of reach and you know you may fall if you take the leap, but no matter how hard it gets, you keep going up towards your goal. And at our gym there's an actual hold that says FINISH on it, which is so satisfying to grab and know you did it!

     Anyways, I need all the help I can get lately in convincing myself to just take that leap and reach for the hard things even though I may fall. I need to plan better to help increase my chances for success, but the real progress happens only when I actually start moving towards my goals. I want to keep trying for bigger and better things, but I also need to be okay stopping and taking a rest so my muscles don't give out completely and I have to start over. 

     So! If you feel inspired to choose your own word for October whether it's on my list or not I'd really really love to hear what you choose and why, so please share in the comments!! I wait till the first day of the new month to choose my word because it needs to speak to me based on where my head and heart are right in the moment. And if you do choose a word, I encourage you to print it or write it down and stick it on your mirror or fridge or bedside lamp (or all three), anywhere where you'll see it frequently and be reminded to get back on track with your focus and keep at it. Just promise to let it be something that inspires and encourages you through whatever may come this month.



  1. My word this year is Growth. When I announced it in January, a wonderful friend had a bracelet made with the word engraved on it. I've worn it pretty much every day. And when I've gotten out of the habit, life has a way of transpiring to make me reach for it! This has been a wonderful but hard year. I have put in some work, and I need to continue. I'll continuing growing and then see what the new year brings to mind.

  2. So many great words to choose from... FORGIVE really got my attention though. I had a family member really hurt me and as hard as it is I think it’s time to let go of the anger and move on. Loved this sweet post!

  3. I love the idea of a word of the month. My word for October is cherish! I want to remember to cherish all the times at soccer games with my kiddos. Cherish the beauty of leaves changing and as I work on getting stronger CHERISH the hard work that takes!

  4. Formidable. I am that. I exude that. It means a force to be reckoned with.
    I am such a fan of you, Freckled Fox.

    Starr in Cali.