Words for 2013


When I have a party, I like to spiffy up the house, bring out a few niceties like super cool, patterned paper napkins or a favorite bottle of vino, light a few candles and make things special. Well, I am excited to have visitors to Creativity Tribe today for Word Hop 2013, hosted by a special group of ladies who took Kelly Rae Roberts‘ Flying Lessons with me in 2011.  I am thrilled to say the Flyers are still a tight group.  I consider them the fairy godmothers of Creativity Tribe.


Word Hop 2013 is all about the word each of us has chosen to guide our year.  It is about setting an intention.  This is one of my very favorite practices of the year. Last year, I chose the word Clarity. Throughout the year, I checked in with the word to see where it would lead me, and by the year’s end, I have to say, I felt like my word carried me through to a much more clear and focused place.

So this year, I am tweaking the game a bit. I am choosing a pair of words.

The first word came to me in early December. I chose the word GIFT….well, actually the words feel like they choose me.  My intention around GIFT is to explore and share my own gifts, redefine the gifts I have to share with the world, help others tap into their gifts, and look for and be grateful for the gifts others and the universe share with me. This word makes me feel super happy!

My second word has been like a persistent little child, jumping up and down begging…pick me too!  Okay, my little darling! I shall choose you…my second word is SENSATIONAL.  I have been playing with this word for several months already, in preparation for a year long blogging series that I hope will inspire paying more attention to the senses as a means of connecting more deeply with life.  I have invited a number of guest bloggers to write about the senses (defining them in a very loose way rather than with the traditional 5 we grew up with).  We will be exploring things like a Sense of Wonder, a Sense of Belonging, a Sense of Humor….you get the picture.


This Sense-ational Life

Get Inspired:  Every Tuesday (starting tomorrow), I am going to post some thoughts about one of the senses.  The post will either be written by me or a guest blogger (maybe you?).  Each post will provide a simple prompt for encouraging you to connect with that specific sense. To get more information about becoming a guest blogger for This Sense-ational Life, email me at

YOUR Sense-ational Life:  Bring something sensational to your life by exploring that week’s sense.  Then become part of the festivities by sharing your thoughts in the comments or by sharing what you discovered on your blog with a story, a doodle, an insight, experience or quote for how that sense works in your life. I will have a space for you to share your link so you can tell us how you see yourself connecting more with life through the senses.

OUR Sense-ational Lives:  Creativity Tribe will bloom this year. I can already feel it happening. One of the ways that will happen is by sharing our lives with one another in meaningful ways. There is magic in that sharing. I would love for you to be part of that connecting by supporting each other as we each craft our own Sense-ational Lives. Drop by and visit those who leave a link during the week. Support their becoming, their growth, their desire to be more present in their lives. Tell them just how SENSE-ational they are….and get ready for them to support you too.

Check out the very first This Sense-ational Life post.

A Sense of Connection


My Wish for You

May 2013 be a blessed year for you. May you know you are loved, find ways to love yourself  and others more deeply.  May you know joy and cultivate kindness towards yourself and others. May you find peace even in….especially in the midst of difficulty.  May you bloom and see the blooming in others.

Please leave a comment letting me know you dropped by. Then head back to Word Hop 2013 for more inspiration!





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  1. You are doing amazing things, Rae! You are already a gift. You inspire me to keep going. Thank you!

    • Wow, Lori, thanks! It is good to inspire those that inspire you. Makes for a nice circle!

  2. I love your words, and I love your idea for This Sense-Sational Life! Will definitely be back to explore more.

  3. May you have the gift of a sensational year. 🙂

    Here’s wishing you all the best for 2013!

    Another word hopper 🙂

    • Thanks, Becky! And welcome to Creativity Tribe. Looking forward to visiting you soon!

  4. Awesomeness as usual Rachel! Blessings and happiness to you in 2013.

  5. Great pair of words, Rachel! You ARE sensational, and I feel gifted to have met you through the Fly-Tribe. Wishing you every kind of happiness in the New Year.

    • Mary, your are so sweet. They are a great pair of words. I think they will teach me a lot.

  6. Great words Rachel! You are doing some pretty amazing things,powerful things, girl! So inspiring! Cant wait to see what you will accomplish this year. Just so happy that we have met, and wishing you many blessings for 2013. ~Hugs

  7. Hi, thanks for sharing your words with us. Hope your new year is full of soulful growth and love xo

  8. Your writings are always so inspiring! And you have more good ideas than anyone I know. You are a gift! A sensational gift!

  9. I love your energy and enthusiasm- I consider those a gift! A perfect word for you. Look forward to reading your sense-sational series. julie xo

  10. I love your joyful post about your words. I can’t help but not smile as I read through it. I’m pretty certain your words will really guide you because you’re already a sensational person! Can’t wait to meet up with you in April.

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