Okay, so I wasn’t going to jump on the “my word for the year is ____________” bandwagon, but then I thought, “Why not?” There is something to be said about choosing a word (or two) to be your power word(s) for the year.
Before choosing an actual word I threw around the thought that this year was going to be epic. But on a more serious note, there is one word that keeps ringing in my ear, my heart, and my soul…
MY WORD FOR THE YEAR IS…
This word has many definitions, two which I would like to shed light on because they distinctly depict with the utmost accuracy what I am feeling for this year. First is the Google searched definition –
“prepare and use (land) for crops or gardening, and/or try to acquire or develop (a quality, sentiment, or skill).”
After launching With the Huddlestons, I figured that I knew exactly what I was supposed to do. I wanted to write, sell my resources, and offer an online community for like-minded folks all while using the blog as the platform to carry it all out. What I didn’t take into account was the lack of being prepared nor having taken the time to acquire necessary skills.
I found myself all over the place, chasing opportunities that I probably shouldn’t have opted in for, and investing time with little to no return. Don’t get me wrong though. I don’t see this as a bad thing, but more like lessons learned and experiences gained.
The second definition I was drawn to was the Hebrew meaning and understanding. Cultivate in Hebrew is עבד (aw-bad). On the surface it means to work or serve – both near and dear to my vision and mission. However, I took it one step deeper and looked at the Ancient Hebrew meaning of each letter:
Ayin: the eye, look, appearance, to see, understand, experience, to be seen, a fountain
Bet: tent or house, the body, the household or family, inside, within, amid
Dalet: a door, a path, a way of life, movement (into or out of)
Can we pause for a moment and say WOW at the Ancient Hebrew meanings of this word?!?!
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HOW WILL I USE MY WORD THIS YEAR?
Taking into consideration the meaning(s) of cultivate and my experiences gained the first year and a half of launching our new business (plus another one and a nonprofit organization), this word will help me have clarity, stay focused, and execute goals.
SEEING & UNDERSTANDING
Practically speaking, seeing and understanding are two pretty important concepts in life – especially when it comes to walking fully and boldly in your calling. As I look back on all the years I spent chasing what others thought I was supposed to be doing, it only created a sense of hesitance when I finally became bold enough to stop and pursue the “Let it be” that was established for my life by the Creator.
This year part of my cultivating process involves looking within and beyond, understanding how I am to see and be seen, as well as positioning myself to be a fountain of inspiration, encouragement, and empowerment to all those I encounter.
BUILDING FROM WITHIN
Another aspect of the Ancient Hebrew word cultivate involves the household and family. As a wife and mother, these two will always be my number one ministry. Having a successful business is not worth the expense of losing precious and valuable family-time and experiences. Yes, I want to build a legacy for my children; however, the best legacy I will ever be able to leave is love.
Cultivating my marriage will always ensure that we are in a position to properly pour into our children. Cultivating our children will lead to little people who will one day be ready to tackle this world on their own. This is something I am determined to be more mindful of this year, and beyond.
A WAY OF LIFE
The last letter in the Hebrew word עבד (aw-bad) – cultivate – is dalet, and in Ancient Hebrew it means door, path, a way of life, and or movement (particularly in or out of). I love diving into the Hebraic meaning and understanding of words, especially for times like this. It is amazing that this is the last letter of this word. I am purposing to make cultivating a way of life.
This way of life means being prepared to plant seeds, nourish, and reap the harvest. It also means being mindful while in position to be a door of opportunity when a person needs it. It’s being in alignment so I can help show people the path they are destined to take. And lastly, living a cultivating lifestyle prepares me to be a movement maker.
WHY YOU NEED A WORD FOR THE YEAR
There’s no way around how we as human beings were created to think. Yes, there are things that can alter our ways of thinking, but when it comes down to it, there is one concept that Scripture says and science backs up 110% –
“As a man thinks, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7
What you think and speak over yourself is destined to manifest. It’s proven and it’s a fact. I didn’t give much thought to selecting a word in terms of a way of thinking until I realized that it really does matter. It matters because through this frame of mind is how I will subconsciously see everything.
I spent years living through a lack mentality. Lack of trust in God, my husband, our business ideas, even myself. And through that came lack of confidence, faith, and even finances. After pinpointing the root of that, it made purposefully choosing a word even more powerful. Filtering my chosen word through all areas of my life – spiritually, emotionally, psychologically, and physically – has given me a boost and desire to pursue my dreams.
This will be a year of being prepared, planting seeds, nourishing them, and patiently waiting for the harvest!
So I ask you… what is your word for the year and what does it mean to you? Let me know in the comments below!