Stretch /strech/ def: (verb) to draw out or extend (oneself, stuff a body, advice limbs, unhealthy wings, etc.) to the full length or extent.

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Like everyone else I have been thinking about the old year and preparing for the new. Last year I did this but when I read Lilalia’s recent post about her Word of the Year (from Christine Kane’s blog) I thought that was what I needed: one word to serve as my touchstone for 2009. Last year I was so focused on becoming a Mother that I couldn’t think anything else for the longest time. Now that I am starting to get the hang of it (am I allowed to say that?) I need to do things to remind me that I am a person as well as a mother and – dare I say – a creative person? I can kind of go overboard with making resolutions even though I say I don’t make resolutions – the New Year/my Birthday is a time where I like to stress myself out by trying to change EVERYTHING I don’t like about myself. I suppose if I was going to make one resolution it would be to not beat myself up but I fail at that about 10x a day so lets just move along shall we?

One thing I know I need to do is stretch more – in the literal, lay down on the carpet and stretch my limbs sense. Stretch. The word has so many meanings and as soon as I thought of it I knew it was my word for the year. This year I need to stretch my creative limits, stretch my imagination, stretch my writing abilities, stretch my nerve, stretch our budget and yes – lie down on the floor every day and stretch my limbs.

What’s your word of the year?

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