Letting Go

I am terrible at New Year’s Resolutions. Truly terrible. For a long time, I just stopped making them.

I could do with the traditional ones. I could probably stand to lose some weight or manage money better or eat healthier, but I also don’t really feel enough passion in those areas to follow through.

This year I have seen a wonderful trend of not choosing a resolution, but instead choosing a word.

I have thought and thought about a word to embrace this year, and I think I found two.

Let Go.

This year, I think I want to focus on letting go of things that are not positive in my life.

I could choose to let go of some weight, but instead I’m going to choose to let go of my negative body talk.

I am choosing to let go of relationships that aren’t positive.

I want to let go of expectations or ideas of how things “should” be, and instead I want to embrace what they are.

I really want to try to let go of Should.

I want to let go of past hurt that I have been hanging on to, and move forward into more positive interactions.

I want to finally let go of the guilt and pain I have been holding onto from my birth experience.

I may even try, a little bit, to let go of my need for a constantly clean house. It is kind of an exhausting thing to keep up with a toddler after all.

As we move into the year 2013, I want to work on letting go of the negative in my life, and re-introducing myself to all that’s positive.

It will be my year of letting go.

What is your word for 2013? 

*Did you know that Elated Exhaustion just celebrated it’s one year anniversary? To celebrate, I am giving one of YOU a Starbucks gift card and some chocolate! The giveaway is still open through this weekend. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post. Good luck!*


  1. Elizabeth Kane says:

    This sounds wonderful. My word is “leap” for this year. No holding back, embrace more life. My man has chosen “abundance” which I’m adopting too (leap abundantly? lol). The thing about choosing a word or phrase is no matter what goal, dream, or wish you have this year, you can use the year’s theme word as a backdrop to build your better life on – the life you want to start living.

    • Oh I love the word leap! And the leaping abundantly thing could be fun….. :)
      You are so right; I really love this idea of a word instead of resolutions, because it just sets a tone for the year instead of direct goals that you may or may not fall short of.

  2. This is such a powerful thing to do. Last year I did a lot of forgiving and letting go and it is amazing how much better you feel. You are so much more free to fill your life with good and happiness if you stop carrying all that negative emotion, you also attract more positivity (or maybe it is because you see the positive and let go of the negative so quick). I found positive affirmations and guided meditations (relaxations) helped get my state of mind in the right place too.
    Happy New Year! Bring on the Happiness :)
    My word for this year will be ‘grow’ – watching/helping my daughter grow, growing my vege garden, growing a home, doing things for my mind growth, learning about developmental growth (increasing my education qualifications), growing a home business, helping the places I volunteer for grow.
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    • Thank you so much for your support. I am so proud of you for taking last year to forgive and let go.
      Happy New Year to you, too! Grow sounds like the perfect word for this year in your life. You will have so many joyful moments of watching your sweet little girl, and I am so proud that you have goals for the growth of yourself too. You are such an inspiring person and I know that you will make this year amazing.
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