I am so excited about 2013. Really, really excited. 2012 was a good year for me. I thought it might be. I love it when I’m right.

I also love the concept of choosing a word for the coming year. Last year my word was authentic…… This year, my word is intrepid.

I’m laughing a little, writing this, because if you wanted to find someone less intrepid than me, you’d have to look far and long. Trepid, that’s me. I have lived a life of trepidation, heck, I made trepidation into an art form. Or an Olympic sport. I could get a gold medal in fear and trembling.

But I’m getting better.

When I hear the word intrepid, I think of an explorer, hacking his/her way through a never-before-explored jungle. Stepping boldly and fearlessly over the giant snakes. Swinging over the foaming river on a vine. Sleeping under the stars, despite threat of attack by mosquito and hungry tiger.

Which, I think, nattily sums up most of our lives. Every day is virgin territory, a jungle where no foot has stepped before. Snakes rise up where you least expect them. Life rushes madly around us, and we have to find a way to traverse it and somehow stay intact. We get hurt, from little every day mosquito bites, to life threatening tiger attacks. And somehow, we make it through.

We make it through, regardless of our attitude. Fearful or fearless, the day passes anyway. Time slips by. Problems come, problems go. Some of us walk with timidity, some  with fierce boldness. We get through life, either way. But all the fun, all the adventure, all the reward, gets sucked out when we live with fear and doubt and trepidation.

This year I’m going to do my very utmost to live intrepidly. To seize opportunities, and if need be, to create them. To live, not in my safely and carefully constructed comfort zone, but to reach out as f-a-r as my arms will reach, every day. To pull on my stout boots, grab a machete, and fight my way through the jungle.

Death by metaphor. 

I would love to know what your word for 2013 will be, and why. In fact, I’m going to offer you an incentive to share. I made this mini quilt last year, and it has been sitting here, waiting to find its place. Its place is with…… you? Leave me a comment, and I’ll use the handy dandy number generator to pick one. You’ve got until the end of the week.

In the meantime, I’m starting a new quilt, inspired by last week’s photos of moss on a garden wall. Exciting!

30 thoughts on “01.01.13

  1. What a neat idea using a word to define a way of approaching life. I think my word this year is going to be Emotive. I’ve spent so much of my life being rational and analytical, I think I need to rediscover my emotional side. Find what really moves me. Some days I feel like a husk or android, not a human.

    Love those colours for your next quilt, they remind me of rich rope fields of late summer.

  2. Happy New Year to you and Tony and here’s to your year of intrepidness.
    My word for 2013 is Positive.
    I want to be more positive about me and my life, have more self esteem and belief in myself.
    I need to be positive about the upcoming changes at work as we move from the public sector to a joint venture with a private company – this could result in more opportunities.

  3. Happy New Year to you and Tony.

    My word is enjoyment

    Enjoying things whether it be knitting or other things such as watching or listening to opera or concerts or just enjoying people’s company .

    • Happy New year to you both. For me the word for 2013 is brave – a year for taking some risks.

  4. For me, this year’s word is ‘Creative’. For the last two years, since we moved to France, we’ve spent all our time on practical things (like having a kitchen, replacing floors, ceilings, insulating the walls). This year OH will finally be able to concentrate on making pottery, and I’m hoping to spend much more time on my creative hobbies (spinning, knitting, painting, drawing). So, creativity is at the forefront of my mind…

  5. Persevere has to be my word for 2013. I need to carry on regardless of the obstacles set by my body. I need to rest and ask for support when I need it, but I need to achieve my goals, no matter how long they take, rather than getting distracted by taking a break. I need to pick up where I left off every time rather than giving up completely.

    The quilt is beautiful, and the new fabrics are gorgeous. Have a good 2013, filled with joy and creativity!

  6. What a beautiful quilt. You have such a wonderful eye for colour combinations and the latest one looks just as exciting. My word for 2013 would have to be optimistic. Even when bad things happen I need to look for the good and happy things in life.

  7. I think my word for the year needs to be patient. I am not a patient person, I like to get things done NOW and not have to wait around for them. Having ME means having to develop patience for the first time ever so that I don’t rush into things and overdo it. I need patience as well as the people around me don’t alway understand what is wrong with me and so don’t always react the way I need them too. Its not their fault any more than it is mine, its just life.

    What a lovely quilt Dee, with a beautiful colour combination. I hope you manage to become intrepid this year and make it through your jungle.

    Lizzie x x x

  8. Happy Intrepid New Year, Dee and Tony!

    My word for the year is appreciative. I want to appreciate all the good things in my life, recognise the worth of the people around me and be less judgemental.

    Annabel xx


    Myself, physically. My bonds with loved ones and friends. My connections with the things I feel passionately and love. My belief in myself and my worth.
    A year of strengthening, I hope!

  10. Happy new year!

    My word for 2013 will be Fight.

    I’m naturally a passive person but in November my son was diagnosed autistic. In 2013 I will grow a lions heart and fight tooth and nail to get my little boys needs heard and met.

  11. Happy New Year
    My word is opportunity
    I’m hoping to find some, take some,and enjoy the new places they take me.

  12. Happy New Year! What a fabulous idea, to decide on a word for the year. I think mine would have to be determination. I’m going to be determined this year, sorting the house out, decorating, re-doing the bathroom, sorting finances. I am determined to do this, and have a little fun and crafting whilst I do!

  13. Happy New year dee and Tony.I was thrilled to meet you in 2012.That quilt is gorgeous.I love those bright ,strong colours.My word for 2013(after I have had y knee op next week)is RELAX.I have turned a bedroom into my “den” so I can create in peace.I am also a worrier so I need to relax more and worry less.Great idea to make us think of a word.

  14. My word for 2013 is Curious. I want to take a deeper look at things that I simply glance over now, discover more of how things work, but first discover more of how I work if I take myself out of my current box and look at things again upside down and sideways.

  15. These bright yet soothing colors and stripes remind me of what my focus word for this year will be: tranquility. I feel more than ever that we all need to strive for the inner peace, calmness and joy that a simple and creative life can offer. Happy New Year to you and thank you for sharing!

  16. Happy New Year to you both. My word is ADVENTURE because I hope that 2013 will see me get out of the rut of self inflicted routine and into a wider world where adventures of all kinds are possible nay, mandatory!

  17. Happy new year and may you enjoy your intrepidity.
    My word for the year is Gumption.
    To me it represents trying new things without letting my overthinking of possible negative consequences drag me down before I even start.

  18. My word for the year is actualization. I want to do more than simply planning, I want to make things real through action. As much as I want to dream, I want to make things happen more.

  19. Happy New year to Posh + Tony, the rainbow miracle makers!

    I needed 24 hours to think and sleep it over, but now my word of the year will be: MINDFUL.
    I will be more mindful in approaching new things and new people; I will take more time to get to know them and see more aspects about them, before putting them into my think tank and advise them a certain place in my life (or not).
    And I will take my time to reflect mindfully about my needs, about who or what makes me feel good, happy and balanced (or not).

  20. My word for 2013 is PLAY. I think I have forgotten how to play and just enjoy the experience. The mini quilt is just beautiful!

  21. OH HEY I can post comments here now I’m using Chrome! Oh frabjous day!

    I’ve been resisting the pull of NY resolutions/mottos/words because there’s a lot going on for me this year that will sort of be ruling me – at least, dominating my life to the point where I don’t feel up to my usual level of introspection and goal setting, because it’s hard to see from here what will be relevant to the Big Stuff. (Then again, maybe that’s just late pregnancy exhaustion.)

    It’s all good stuff, though, very exciting stuff: baby. Possible, long hoped for international move. Exciting, but overwhelming and a bit scary; short term hard (especially in combination), long term good. So I’m quite happy to just let myself go with it, and aim to remember that everything will work out if I can just get into the flow and not try to control it all. And (motivated by covetousness for that gorgeous quilt, which I think would be just marvellous for oh, say, a baby) I find that’s a good word for the year:


    I like it.

  22. Happy New Year!

    My word for this year is going to be Confident. I’m painfully shy, despite beng the life and soul when I was younger. This year I want to recapture the old me. A new job means that I have a world of opportunity at my feet. I intend to grab it with both hands in 2013, and not let my shyness and lack of confidence hold me back! Here goes…

    What an amazing quilt, you can really see your eye for colour in this one.

    H x

  23. My word for the year is opportunity.
    I’m going to take hold of every one that comes my way and make the most of it.
    Thanks so much for the chance to win that gorgeous little quiltie!
    Have an amazing year!

  24. My word for 2013 is Spontaneous…. being impulsive and acting on the spur of the moment grabbing every opportunity and experience as they come.

    Happy New Year

  25. Great post and gorgeous quilt Dee, my word for this year has got to be Positivity, last year sucked and this one has to be better, I will make it better :o)

  26. My word for this coming year will be open – open to new things, open to change, open to life’s possibilities:-)

  27. Yay, I’m not too late! My word for 2013 is optimistic – I’m going to be glass half-full ths year!