Composure: my word for 2014

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{Photograph: Forever Amber}

If there was one word to retrospectively describe my 2013 it would be ‘flux’.

So much changed for me last year that at times my little feet barely touched the ground. Joe and I set off on our entrepreneurial journey and finally shared our plans for the Decorator’s Notebook shop at the Somerset House showcase in March. In the summer I left my career as an interiors journalist, sold my flat and moved away from my friends in London to the Westcountry to launch our new business in October. Since then, we’ve been overwhelmed by the amazing encouragement we’ve received and delighted, puzzled, challenged and overjoyed in equal measure.

Just like the best white knuckle rides, 2013 has left me exhilarated, visibly shaken and desperate to go back for more!

Since we are still only a few months into our new business venture I’m in no doubt that 2014 is going to hold similar thrills, so as much as I’d like to choose ‘settled’ or ‘content’ for my word of the year, the realist in me knows I need to opt for something a little more achievable.

That’s why I’ve selected this one: COMPOSURE.

A word that will remind me to breathe and take a measured approach to the decisions I’m likely to face. A word to help me look for the opportunity in a situation rather than feel daunted by it. A word that will encourage me to stay level-headed even while my feet frantically paddle beneath the surface.

Or so I hope… of course only time will tell but I am writing my word nice and big in places I will see daily.

Have you chosen a word for 2014 and what do you hope it will help you achieve this year?

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  1. says

    ‘Collaboration’ will be mine – getting together with a wider group of artists & makers to set up a co-operative venture with a permanent place in which to run workshops and sell our wares. There is nothing more inspiring than being with a group of like-minded souls, all passionate about what they do, with the same goal in mind. Congratulations to you on your very successful year! Here’s wishing you many more

  2. Planet Penny says

    A good word, and a great idea, having a word as a focus. It’s made me think about my own word, I think it is ‘engagement’… more living in the moment, and engaging with actual people and events. More real world, less cyberspace! I hope 2014 brings everything you hope for, good luck!

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