Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

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So. 2012 was pretty fantastic, but I’m hoping 2013 will be bigger and better. What about you?

This time last year, I decided on RESOLVE as my Word of the Year (thanks again for the idea, Jessica Corra!). That little word went a long way in helping me achieve many of the goals I’d set for myself. I thought of resolve often, like early in the morning when I didn’t feel like getting up for a run, and late at night when my eyes were almost too tired to finish revising. Resolve helped get me through a lot, which is why I plan to keep it in mind this year as well.

While I’ll continue to live life with resolve, I’ve decided on a new word for 2013:


I’m very much a Type-A person. I like to have a plan, I like to be in control, and I like to make sure things get done. Seeing as how I’m an Army wife and I have inserted myself into the oh-so-unpredictable world of publishing, my Type-A-ish-ness often struggles. I wonder and worry and stress A LOT, which is why I’m going to try very hard to go with the flow in 2013. I will work as hard as I can and do everything in my power to find success, but I will also try to remember that sometimes, what will be just… IS. There is so much I cannot control (in publishing and in general), so I vow to do my best to accept life’s events as they come, and appreciate them for what they are.

Internal Acceptance Movement

For me, 2013 is about acceptance.

What will the New Year be about for you?


29 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. Elodie says:

    I hear you on the worrying and stressing and wondering….Acceptance sounds like a great word! I followed your lead from last year and chose two for my year (on top of some resolutions/goals for 2013): Perseverance and appreciate.
    All the best again for 2013, Katy ❤

    • katyupperman says:

      Thanks, Elodie. I love your words for the year. Perseverance is SO important in this crazy publishing world. It’s one I’ve kept in the back of my mind over the last few years. Best of luck in 2013!

  2. Dana says:

    I worry a lot too, and I don’t like change. I think the word “acceptance” is a good one. “Resolve” is good, too. You’ve give me some ideas for next year…

    I’ve chose “gratitude” this year. It’s so easy to complain that things aren’t the way I’d like them to be, but this year, I intend to count my blessings every day. I have so much to be thankful for. 🙂

    Happy New Year, friend. I hope 2013 is a great year for you!

    • katyupperman says:

      I love your word choice, Dana. It’s a great reminder for me as well. Along with ACCEPTING what comes my way, I hope to take time to cherish those really special moments. 🙂

  3. Alison Miller says:

    Acceptance is a great word and I like resolve too. For me, I think I’m just going to try to stay focused – on my family. On my writing goals. Hope your New Year is a wonderful one in all aspects of your life, Katy!

    • katyupperman says:

      Focus is huge for me too, Alison. It’s been very easy to become distracted lately, especially with the holidays and all. I vow to work harder on focusing too!

  4. Ghenet Myrthil says:

    Happy New Year! I love the word you’ve chosen. I need to learn to be more accepting of that which I cannot control, too. I’m also very Type-A!

    I have my own word for 2013 and I’ll share it tomorrow on my blog. 🙂

  5. Erin Bowman (@erin_bowman) says:

    Oh Katy, I love this!! Looks like our goals are very much the same for 2013, only with slightly different word choices. (I went with PRESENT…as in being present in the moment.) I want to stress/worry as little as possible in 2013–especially over things out of my control–and just soak up things as they happen. (I have a feeling this word of the year thing is going to become a tradition for me…)

    Happy New Year to you and the fam!

    • katyupperman says:

      I love your choice in PRESENT, Erin. That’s a word I try to keep in mind when it comes to my family. It’s too easy to think about other things (reading/writing/blogging/whatever) when I’m with my husband and my girlie, but I really try to focus on them and appreciate our time together. Thanks for the reminder, and Happy New Year!

  6. Liz Parker (@LizParkerWrites) says:

    I like acceptance. I think that’s great and something I need to! I’m hoping for 2013 to be real for me–me being real with myself about hopes and fears and dreams. About rejection and growth and all the hard things writing carries with it. But I’m also hoping to be real about the happy things and be real with the people in my personal life and in my writing live. I hope you see dreams come true in 2013. 🙂

  7. Bits and pieces of a healing heart says:

    What a great idea to choose a word to follow you throughout the New Year! I am new to WorldPress and have been following your posts. I like what you have done with your page and you have given me some great ideas and inspiration. I am going to take your idea and run with it. I choose Gratitude as Dana did. I’ve been thinking A LOT about Gratitude as I am in the process of adopting two chidren who are in the Foster Care system. Thanks for the inspiration and have a GREAT 2013!


    • katyupperman says:

      I’m glad you commented, Karin! Gratitude is a great word, especially considering the big changes coming your family’s way. Best of luck with the adoption process… How lucky those children are to have you in their lives!

  8. katharine owens says:

    Lovely word to live by, Katy (last year’s and this year’s, actually). It seems simple, but it is so tough. I am also a type-A personality… and patience, acceptance, lack of control, etc, are things I struggle with. And thanks for all of your recent comments on my blog– blogger keeps eating them and I don’t know why (I assume it’s some weird wordpress versus blogger bs!). Please don’t ever think I’d delete one of your comments! :0)

    • katyupperman says:

      I would never think that, Kat! 🙂 WordPress is sometimes so uncooperative, but there are some really great aspects to it too, ones I just can’t part with. Best of luck in 2013, lady… I can’t wait to see what the New Year has in store for us!

  9. Erin L. Schneider says:

    Happy New Year, Katy!!! And a great post to start 2013 off with – I love your word for the year. 🙂
    I followed suit and posted my word for the year over on my blog. Here’s to amazing things happening – looking forward to hearing all about it!

  10. Krispy says:

    Acceptance is a great word! I chose a similar one (PRESENT), also because I felt like I spent a lot of 2012 worrying about things (and I’m not Type A at all). I already know 2013 has some amazing things in store for me, and I want to be able to appreciate it to the fullest. Can’t spend it worrying about things I can’t control (like knowing what the future will bring).

    Happy New Year!

    • katyupperman says:

      I love your choice in PRESENT as a 2012 word. It’s one I try to keep in mind too, especially in the way of time with my family. It’s so important to take the time to appreciate all those little moments. 🙂 Happy New year, lady!

  11. Rebecca B says:

    I love your word for 2013–I picked mine (present) for a similar reason; because Type-A me has a hard time not focusing on what’s ahead instead of the now.
    I hope 2013 is a fantastic year for you!

  12. Jillian says:

    What excellent words, both for last year and this one. You’ve got me thinking about what I want my own year to look like, though I haven’t narrowed it down to one word just yet. Best of luck Accepting!

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