Monday, January 21, 2013



That is my word for 2013.

I have a very simple explanation for it:

It seems that most of my New Year's Resolutions focus on all of the things I am not. All of the things I don't have. All of the things that are out of my reach for one reason or another.

Sometimes it's taxing to focus so much on the don't haves. This year I want to focus on the haves.

Because even though we are in debt--still paying for Joel's schooling and Chloe's birth, most notably--we have so very much. Even if our paychecks went down a bit this year because of all of the fiscal cliff mumbo jumbo (which I promise I don't take lightly), we have so much in comparison to much of the world.

Even if I am not entirely pleased with things like my weight or my INability to keep the house perfectly clean, I have many, many talents which I do well and don't struggle with.

I want to focus on the things I can do, and do them better than ever.

I want to focus on the blessings I have, whether they be spiritual, physical, financial, or familial.

And that's it.

This year, I won't worry about what I can't do because there are so many things I can do.

So here's to an abundant 2013, in which I am more grateful than I have ever been.

For I have been richly blessed.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. I love this post, especially,

    "This year, I won't worry about what I can't do because there are so many things I can do."

  2. You are so wise, Lara! I really love your word, and your reasoning for it. I wish you a very abundant year!

  3. Brilliant. I may have to copy you...I know what focusing on what I lack has done for me: nothing good!

  4. Genius. People that use that word are very smart. :)

  5. I love this word of the year. MOst words have my friends have been choosing inspire hard work, or perseverance, or something along those lines. I love the idea of the word reminding one of one's rich blessings.

    Well done!

  6. This is such a great perspective. I look forward to seeing how it influences your year!

  7. That is so fantastic, what a perfect word for the year!

  8. You are so lovely. In word. In thought. In form. Personally, I thought you were stunning when I met you in real life. But you're beautiful in more than just the physical. I love how you make all things feel reachable.