My 2013 Word + A Book Club

2013wordNumerous bloggers have some sort of spin on this idea. Ali Edwards calls it her ‘one little word‘, Chris Guillebeau call it his ‘annual theme‘, etc.

The idea is to choose a word or phrase that you would like to focus on in the new year. The driving purpose behind that year. You may have over arching values, purposes, core desired feelings, etc, but this is a part of your overall purpose that you’d like to focus on next year, bring more of into your life, feel like, be like, do like.

I’ve toyed with the idea for the past two years, having even set an annual theme in 2010, but a lot of things got in the way, I wasn’t really ready for it, and that annual theme quickly departed from my daily life.

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. I feel in my bones that 2013 is going to be different. Specifically, I believe 2013 is going to be epic. I have never before liked an odd number, I’m an even number kind of gal, but 2013 has the ring of fresh, new, exciting, and epic. And I’ll be damned if I don’t do my best to make it so.

So all these things that I’m doing just tie into this feeling I have in my bones. It’s why I’m so hell bent on documenting 2013, why I publicly shared my list of 20 goals before 21, and why  I am now publicly sharing with you my word for 2013.


The seed for this very simple word was planted firmly into my brain when I read this super awesome post that my friend Kavi linked on Facebook.

Name five impressive things about yourself. Write them down or just shout them out loud to the room. But here’s the catch — you’re not allowed to list anything you


(i.e., I’m a nice guy, I’m honest), but instead can only list things that you


(i.e., I just won a national chess tournament, I make the best chili in Massachusetts). If you found that difficult, well, this is for you, and you are going to fucking hate hearing it. My only defense is that this is what I wish somebody had said to me around 1995 or so.

This part is highlighted in the post, and the basis of the rest of the article. This is effing brilliant. It communicates an important idea so effectively because it makes it so damn personal (provided you actually do the exercise).

It solidified and consolidated something I have felt for a few months. The thing is, I know a lot. I am a ferocious reader and I’m always accumulating knowledge. I’m a knowledge pack rat.

But I don’t really do much with it. In fact, I’d go as far as to say, I don’t do much of anything. Now, admittedly, this last year was probably the worst years of my life, guaranteed, but still.

I want to do things. I want to create things. I want to help others do things. I want to be able end the year with a mammoth post that lists off all the great things I experienced, accomplished, learned, and did over the year. I want that feeling. I want that growth. I want everything that comes with that.

So my word for 2013 is action. I tried to come with a more fancy or cool sounding word, but nothing quite felt as right as action, or as meaningful. It makes me think of a director on a movie set, “Aaaaand action!” 2013 is a new take in the movie The Life of Aurooba Ahmed, and it’s going to be epic.

I also want to be able to remember things. I want to remember my successes, my journey, my failures, everything. Hindsight, as they say, is 20/20, perfect vision. I want to be able to look back and really learn from my year so I can make the year after that even better, and so on and so forth.

So the two big things in 2013 for me will be ACTION and PROJECT LIFE. The deed and the record.

The second thing I wanted to mention was that most people I know always intend to ‘read more.’ I’m always reading and even I intend to read more next year. (I want to read 100 books. We’ll see if that happens, haha)


And so the 2013 Book Club was born (boring title, I know. If you come with a better title, tell me. I was sorely lacking in creative wordsmith powers when I came up with that one.) I put out a tweet and wrote a facebook status, created a group on facebook, and voila!

We’ll do a book a month, and vote on what book to read. And THEN we shall discuss.

I’ve always wanted to be in a Real Book Club. ( fun fact: as I was trying to type out club..I wrote bluc like four times..haha)

Please join us if you’re interested, it shall be awesomesauce.