My One Word: Harmony

This year on a sunny fall day, it was abruptly brought to my attention that my priorities were out of wack and the people I cared about were feeling neglected and unloved.


Deep down I knew it was true, but I was growing, and stretching toward the sun felt so good. It became an addiction. I thought that if I didn’t keep blooming life might just pass me by.


However the sun was so blinding I ignored everything else, and like a plant in a drought, the rain of love and comfort never fed my roots.


I wanted to have it all, but I was risking losing everything.


In November, as I sat in another blog conference, I met Heather King {aka Heather of the EO} and I she said, “We couldn’t have it all, and we didn’t NEED to have it all.” I let out an exhale and at that moment I knew, something had to change.


See life isn’t about finding balance; it’s about finding the HARMONY in the chaos.


And that my friends is this year’s ONE WORD



Harmony Alphabet Photography

Artwork by Alphabet Photography


For a split second I debated the word balance. But…


Let’s be honest maintaining balance tricky.


It’s hard to equalize the scales of life, one minute work will be going well and at the same time your home life is a raging chaos or vice versa. It’s like walking a tight rope every day and personally I don’t need the added pressure.


So, HARMONY it is.

1: The combination of simultaneously sounded musical notes to produce chords and chord progressions with a pleasing effect.
2: A pleasing arrangement of parts.


This year, as my life becomes a crazy mix of musical notes that resembles speed metal, cheesy pop music with a little country thrown in I’ll stop and take a moment and really listen.


If I listen well enough I’ll find the song amidst the chaos.



Easton Family 2012


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  1. Harmony it’s such a beautiful word!! Way better than balance (which to me seems evil with is elusiveness…) Happy new year Brook!
    corinnne recently posted..a ramble on 2013My Profile

  2. Love this! Harmony is an awesome word for the year. Simultaneously sounded musical notes, ect? What a killer metaphor that makes!
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  3. I love this! I didn’t pick a word this year, thought I suppose its not too late, but I did resolve to try to make my life more balanced. But I really appreciate the idea and definition of harmony. I will keep that in mind as I try to find that happy medium in my life in 2013. Thank you for sharing!
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  4. I was just thinking the other day that I want to ban “balance” from my vocab. I don’t know what it means anymore. And I don’t know that I’ve ever achieved it. I like harmony, thanks for sharing!
    Laila (@OnlyLaila) recently posted..What the 30 Day Shred Taught Me about Running a BusinessMy Profile

  5. That’s a great word – “a pleasing arrangement of parts”. Love it!
    Colleen recently posted..2012 in PicturesMy Profile

  6. I love it! “Harmony” is the perfect word. Living a life in perfect harmony – now THAT’S something to strive for in the new year.
    Amanda O. recently posted..Friday Faves 1/4/13My Profile

  7. Harmony is a great word! Balance is super hard to achieve, but if we can get some sort of harmony in our life, all is good. Best of luck in 2013!
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  8. What a beautiful written post. I love the idea of harmony for a one word choice. Hope you have a Happy New Year. Dropping in from SITS Saturday Sharefest.
    KalleyC recently posted..Something Old, Something NewMy Profile

  9. Harmony sounds like a perfect word!
    Sarah Parisi recently posted..My Home Birth Story: My Husband (Unexpectedly) Delivered Our SonMy Profile

  10. Live life in harmony can only bring good things. You’re headed to a wonderful start. Good luck with your word 🙂
    Anne recently posted..One Word 2013: CompleteMy Profile


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