Word of the Year for 2013? My comfort zone! (plus a FREE printable!)

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Yes, I know what you’re thinking: my comfort zone is three words, not one. I’ve been working on this post in my head for the past few weeks, while I tried to hone in on exactly how to describe what I wanted my word of the year to be for 2013. You see, this year I want to step out of my comfort zone more often. But being “in” my comfort zone is not always a bad thing.

Last year, I chose messy as my word of the year, and focusing on that word from time to time helped me to learn some new art techniques and to be freer with myself when I create. I worked on enjoying the process of creating art, rather than focusing on whether or not the finished piece was going to look exactly like I imagined it in my head, or exactly like it “should” look. It was a learning experience, a freeing experience and I definitely grew artistically.

When I think of my comfort zone, I think of being healthy and not having to deal with surgery, pain, discomfort physically. I think of feeling safe, secure in my decisions and warm. I think of contentment and serenity, love and calm. All of these are good attributes.

When Hurricane Sandy hit our area in October of last year, I immediately wanted to start a project to collect socks. But I was initially – for about the first 36 hours of my idea – a bit fearful of the idea as well. How could I take something like this on? What if I only received a few pairs of socks? What if I failed? How would I even manage such a process?

As those of you who are regular readers already know, I did step out of my comfort zone big-time, with the encouragement of many of my DIY blogger friends from the Hometalk community. With their support and help, I had the courage to step up and create Socks for Sandy which has been an overwhelmingly great success!

I stepped out of my comfort zone. And I was ok. And as I found my rhythm, I was more than ok. This experience reminded me that I want to push myself to feel uncomfortable at times so that I can trust myself to leave the safety of my comfort zone and know that whatever the outcome, I’ll be richer for the experience.

At the same time, I also think being in my comfort zone is a good thing when necessary, such as those times when you know in your heart that the correct answer is “No” even though everyone expects you to say “Yes.” Or when you know your body is telling you to take a break and you choose to curl up with a good book rather than go out on the town with friends. That’s when my comfort zone nurtures and restores me, both physically and mentally.

So my word of the year for 2013 will actually be words of the year: My Comfort Zone. Knowing when it is smart to retreat inside of my comfort zone, and also stretching and reaching in new directions outside of my comfort zone which will help me grow as an artist, a blogger and as a person.

I’m looking forward to stepping in and out of my comfort zone this year. And I’m happy to have you along for the journey too! In fact, I already did step out artistically by choosing to design and make printables, which are so popular right now. And I chose my comfort zone theme to share one of my favorite sayings:

Free Printable: A ship in harbor is safe

Click on the image above to download this for free via Google Drive. You can print this out on 8.5″x11″ paper, and crop to fit into an 8″x10″ frame.

If you are pinning this, please pin from this blog post and not from the printable link. 
My free printables are offered for your personal use only. Please do not alter, sell, or craft with this printable for profit.

I hope this printable inspires you to leave your safe harbor every so often.

What’s your word of the year for 2013? Did you blog about it? Let me know in the comments!


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  1. says

    I’ll have to think of something. I did begin a journal into which I write down one positive thing about each day of 2013 to revisit on New Year’s Eve.

  2. says

    Love it! The glow is a nice touch. Your word for last year is my word for this year. I just wrote about how I am focusing on letting go of the outcome and enjoying the process of putting color and shapes on paper.
    I can relate to your comfort zone thoughts too. Listening to my body has never been a strength of mine, and I say yes when I mean no way too much. Thanks for sharing yourself with us!


    • says

      Thank you so much Johnnie! You’ve chosen a great word – messy – for 2013, as it truly IS a freeing word for creating! As for listening to my body: I’m actually great with that…sometimes to the point of just not wanting to leave my comfort zone at all! LOL Thus, my challenge for this year!

  3. says

    Hi, Laura. I love your words for the year. I especially love messy for last year! My word last year was presence and I haven’t really identified one for this year yet.

    Thanks for leaving a comment on my Valentine’s Centerpiece. I have enjoyed learning more about you through blogtalk and the tremendous undertaking the Socks for Sandy has been.

    Marty@Marty’s Musings

  4. says

    Love the printable! And your phrase for the year. Perfect! I picked a word for the year but I also need to do a bit of stepping outside of my comfort zone this year myself. 🙂