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Blouse: Zara | Sweater: LOFT | Jeans: Lee Jeans | Shoes: Zara | Bag: Cuore and Pelle via Styled Mined

Along with my unofficial New Years resolutions I’ve made, I’ve decided to jump on the blogger bandwagon with the “one word” for the year type of post.  For those unfamiliar with this, it’s where you choose one word to focus on for the New Year (perhaps in lieu of a list of resolutions esp. if you are prone to breaking those early).  I don’t go down too deep into my heart too often on here, but I thought this timing was appropriate.

This year, I have decided to focus on a word that I think will bring greater happiness and fulfillment to my life.


BEING present.  Living in the moment and not capturing my life through tweets and photos all the time (Instagram makes this especially hard for me) but rather capturing it in my memory.  Having conversations with people face to face.  Lifting my head up away from my cell phone, computer, TV, any electronics when people are talking to me.  Unplugging once in awhile and be OK with it.  Enjoying every little moment I spend with my baby boy (it’s only weeknights and weekends and that’s not enough)!  Enjoying the moment and not always looking forward to the weekend or the next event going on.  Taking time to stop and notice the beauty in nature that surrounds me.  Waking up with a smile every day and try to stop myself from nagging my husband in the morning before work.  And dance like nobody’s watching.

I want 2013 to be amazing and I know it will be in so many ways.  And I want to be PRESENT so I can live it to its fullest!

What “one word” would describe how you want to live out this year?

58 Comments ( Reply )

  1. thehautecookie
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

    i love what you said about the word present. ~~ ^^
    love the striped sweater on you =) xO!

  2. Ilene @ Much Love, illy
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

    that’s a great word for the new year! i love it! btw i’m also loving your sweater – the red stripes are the best!

  3. Roxy
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 8:46 pm

    Amen to that! After spending most of my work day in front of a computer, I still spend an appalling amount if time on IG, FB…it’s never ending. I started dabbling in blogging when I was on my first maternity/bonding leave. Posting dwindled away when i returned to work but the social media addiction remained! I’m with you in this one! (and maybe the eyelash extensions too!)

  4. Chelsey
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 9:24 pm

    Those shoes are fabulous.

  5. Windy City Mama
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 9:38 pm

    Love the mix of stripes and animal print. Great outfit.

    I too named the new year. My word is STRONG!

  6. Jennifer
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

  7. Meg
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 10:36 pm

    present what a great word sandy!! i think it is hard to be present these days especially with all the technology pulling our attention to every direction.

  8. Allyssa
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 10:51 pm

    I love your sweater! My word for 2013 is fearless. This year I’m going to step out of my comfort zone and do more things that scare me!

  9. Dancing Branflake
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 11:05 pm

    Mine is dominate.

    I will get those choose.

  10. Mimi
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 11:37 pm

    this is such a cool concept! for this year, i think i’d like to focus on the word “better” — just living better, in all aspects. :)

    <3, Mimi

  11. Fierce & Fashionable
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 11:56 pm

    My one word would have to be two words.. “Take Chances”.

    I suck at taking chances and always follow whats expected so in 2013 I want to step out of my comfort zone.


    Fierce & Fashionable

  12. Marisa
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 12:38 am

    “Present” is an excellent word choice for 2013. Good for you for committing to those goals. Your outfit is lovely too, the red, white and blue is classic, and the touch of leopard adds the perfect amount of fun.


  13. Stephanie
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 1:15 am

    Cute striped sweater, and great goals for the new year!

  14. Rita
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 2:02 am

    That is such a great word for 2013! I think I’m going to use it too! I love your outfit girl! Thank you so much for visiting my blog! Would you like to follow each other?

  15. Sharon Lei
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 2:48 am

    Love the shoes, Sandy!

    xx Love & Aloha

  16. Sharon Lei
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 2:51 am

    I think my word would be CHANCE…. but I am a woman of many words (LOL), so I can’t say for sure that would be my word for the year.

    xx Love & Aloha

  17. two birds
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 6:23 am

    i think this is a fabulous idea. i don’t know what my word would be. joy maybe…find the joy in everything i do and all that is around me.

  18. Kirstin Marie
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 8:12 am

    Great outfit, Sandy. I like the one word idea…you are the first blogger I’ve seen mention it, so woohoo to you! :)

    I’m not sure what my one word would be. Hmmmm

  19. Shea Sayers
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 8:25 am

    I think that’s a great word to focus on for 2013 Sandy, and one I could definitely focus on myself! It’s hard to really live “in the moment” sometimes. Also, can I steal this adorable outfit?! Love it!

  20. Fashion Tales
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 8:46 am

    Yes, living in the present is always good to remember. I love the stries here, such a cute outfit!

  21. Always Maylee
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 8:58 am

    Fantastic word choice! And those shoes… those shoes are so adorable!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  22. Alyssa
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 8:59 am

    Red and leopard has to be one of my favorite combos ever! Also, I love the idea of being present in 2013.

  23. Christine
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 9:35 am

    This is a beautiful outfit! I love your focus! Good luck in 2013!

  24. whatever DeeDee Wants
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    Great word! I am still trying to figure out my word for 2013.

  25. Ashley
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 9:54 am

    I love those shoes! “Present” is a wonderful word – I tend to get caught up in things that are going on outside of what’s happening in the moment… I’m trying to be more present too!

  26. Leigh-Ellen
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 10:48 am

    That is a great word. I often get caught up in photographing or tweeting a moment rather than being in it. Definitely a good reminder!

  27. Shannon
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 11:02 am

    I think that is the perfect word for 2013. Happy new year! You look gorgeous as ever.

  28. Grace Hodgin
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 11:15 am

    Very inspiring indeed! My one word is Positive.

  29. Katy
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 11:29 am

    LOVE this idea. I think for the next FBFF I’m going to have to pick one work for 2013 and write about that. (Feel free to link up this post if you want.) Present seems like such a great, all encompassing word. Good luck living this in the months ahead! – Katy

  30. Ellen Christian
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    What a great goal. That is something I struggle with too.

  31. Lena - @elenka29
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 11:36 am

    Great look. It seems warm there by you. And so want to stay in a moment and sometimes smart phone makes it impossible

  32. Still Blonde after all these YEARS
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 12:08 pm


  33. Jenn
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    I tend to think much too much in the future, so your word ‘present’ definitely hits home.

  34. Jenna Wood
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 1:01 pm

    Yowza! I am loving the pops of red here, so vibrant, yet it’s not too much.

  35. Jenna Wood
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 1:02 pm

    And my word is fierce- I want to be tenacious and tackle everything!

  36. katherine
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 2:11 pm

    That’s such a good word and idea to focus on. Something I need to do myself as well. I love your red sweater with these adorable shoes – pattern mixing done right for sure!
    <3 katherineof corgis and cocktails

  37. Trina
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 2:17 pm

    Love the shoes! Zara always has the best shoes!


  38. Krysten
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

    Present would be a good one for me too. I’m always stuck in the past or worrying about the future.

  39. Amanda
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 4:58 pm

    So simple but something we usually tend to forget… We get caught up in many things and we are all over the place, talking from my own life though… Anyways great thing what you wrote and love your style =)

  40. Vicki @ Crowning Victoria
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 4:58 pm

    My word for 2013 is “Patience.” I have so many wants/needs right now (DH’s contracted job is up at the end of Feb, our house has been on the market for 4.5 months, I dream of starting our family soon).

    I’m trying to breathe and live and let the universe steer…

  41. Dawn
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 6:27 pm

    Present is a great word for the year. I have a really hard time with staying away from social media and really conversing with people in “real life.” I think most of us, especially bloggers, could really work on that.


  42. Et tu, tutu?
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 6:58 pm

    My word is ‘Optimisim’. LOVE your word and your shoes. :)


  43. Carol Chien
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 8:21 pm

    Love your “Present” for 2103, just do it.
    Taking time to stop and notice the beauty in nature
    that surrounds us and dance like nobody’s watching.

  44. steph
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 9:21 pm

    Love it! That’s a great life lesson that a lot of us need to work on!! I have 4 resolutions for 2013. But my one word would be “local.”

  45. Kathleen
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 10:01 pm

    Great post! I can’t get over your heels! They are too cute and you paired them with the perfect outfit! Lovely styling job :) happy new year!

  46. Kemi
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 10:22 pm

    Lovely outfit. I love the colors and those jeans ..and the font of the text on the blog.

  47. Christine
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 11:19 pm

    Oh hello lovely shoes!!
    I have the same goal…living in the now..trying to not be too obsessed with social media and internet..tough time to be a blogger, right? lol But it’s really easy to get engrossed in all of it and forget sometimes to just live, love and laugh with the people in front of us.

  48. audrinajulia
    Jan 09, 2013 @ 8:06 am

    first and foremost how I just want to say that you look alluring in all these photos. The red and leopard combination really suits you pretty well!

    Well what I want for this year is to be Happy.:)


  49. kelsey
    Jan 09, 2013 @ 8:59 am

    loving your shoes! :)
    kw Ladies in Navy

  50. Patricia
    Jan 09, 2013 @ 9:19 am

    Really beautiful words darling!! I think my word for this new year is going to be: TRY. To try new things, new experiences in life, in love, in my job, in my daily routine… Enough of being scared!!;-)


  51. Kristin
    Jan 09, 2013 @ 10:03 am

    I want to “live colorfully” a la Kate Spade! : ) LOVE the shoes!

  52. Megan Lane
    Jan 09, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

    What a great word to pick! I think this is something we could all work on. Thanks for the inspiration!

  53. Anouka
    Jan 09, 2013 @ 12:56 pm

    I absolutely love the shoes!


  54. lisacng @ expandng.com
    Jan 09, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

    Love the red throughout your outfit and what a great word. Esp will little ones, being present is so important b/c the time certainly just flies by! I haven’t given much thought to my one word, but I suppose it would be thoughtful or mindful.

  55. Dancing Branflake
    Jan 09, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

    Chic, loving, vivacious.

  56. Jozen
    Jan 09, 2013 @ 10:21 pm

    Happy new year sandy!

  57. Tairalyn
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 6:14 pm

    This outfit is all sorts of fabulous. The stripes, the leopard the cuffed jeans… AHHHH love it.

    I too am doing all I can to get into the TOP 25 Fashion & Beauty Mama’s of 2013. You are standing pretty safe with one of the TOP SPOTS, so congrats to you. Would love to have you over to my place, see where I call home.



  58. skippee
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 6:47 pm

    You look so cute here! Your word is perfect~ and exactly how I wish to be this year and always.

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