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Words For a New Year. Ease, Acceptance, Confidence, Propelled

Words For a New Year. Ease, Acceptance, Confidence, Propelled

Oh you guys,

Well the time has come. The cluster of days where your blog feeds are swarmed with post after post of New Years reflections, “best of” roundups, resolutions and goals for the new year to come. Last year I wrote a post that still very much sticks with me. It was the first time I let go of this sense of new years “goal” making, and rather began my journey into a more compassionate mindset regarding the progression of my life. I’ve had many years of clinging to expectations, making goals, and believing full heartedly I would reach some sort of new milestone – and either experiencing negative, rather than positive, connotations, or feeling shame for thinking I could be so “silly” as to believe I’d be somewhere else by “x” time. So I’ve given that up. I’ve given up goal making and replaced it with a raised level of mindfulness: mindfulness for where I am, what I’m doing, what is working, what I’d like to change… but with more grace to let those changes happen as they are meant to. 

New Year Words

“Grace will be sufficient for whatever lies ahead” – Anne Lammott

I wasn’t sure if I’d even put out a post for the New Year, but a little conformity got the best of me and I decided I couldn’t let this imaginary line of “newness” pass without putting in my say. I’m a sucker for the deep. 

Of course I am aware of things I would like – I always have wishes and desires lingering in the back of my mind. I could list out little things like I want to collect less things, eat more whole foods, connect more with others, live more simply…But I also know that I need to live my life one day at a time, for plans seem to be a favorite thing for this so called life of ours to mess around with.


This is a big year coming up or me. I graduate from my theatre conservatory mid April.  In the next three months, I have three large shows to rehearse and perform. One of which, as I’ve mentioned, is Midsummer Night’s Dream where I will be playing Theseus and Oberon (the King of the Fairies). These are big parts, and I’m both flattered, surprised, grateful, and nervous as all heck to have been cast. They are powerful and challenging parts and I will be putting every speck of passion and energy I have into giving them my all. This being said, these next few months are also “prime time,” if you will, for having casting directors and agents come to see me and – potentially – get myself signed. (Yeah… sort of feels like athletes in high school trying to get scouted…). I will be inviting agents to see my work, I will be taking part in a large show case where all sorts of directors and agents will be in attendance – “scouting out” future talent – and I will be applying to all sorts of auditions for jobs and productions for after I graduate. 

Basically, in April, I am back to “reality.” You guys have only known me as I’ve been in training mode in this conservatory, so this will be quite the change for both of us! I will be entering a life, once again, of audition after audition after audition; applying applying applying; putting myself out there in ways that do not come naturally to me, and…. frequent disappointment and rejection. That’s just the way this industry is. I’ve been there before, so I am very open and prepared for the realities of what I am entering into. 

But I’m also hella excited. 

I mentioned, in the past couple months, my discovery of “The Desire Map,” and wrote about this sense of basing goals upon how you want to feel. I want to take this notion with me into the new year, and have been thinking of words that describe the most important aspects of how I want to feel as the months go on. 

I said in my initial post that I want to feel grounded and focused. If there’s anything I’ve learned over the past year, it is that I really hate feeling anxious. I hate that feeling up being tense and rowled up. Nothing good can be accomplished out of tension. This goes both for my acting and for life. With acting, you simply cannot access your emotions and respond intuitively, or with truth, if your body OR your mind is wrapped up in tension. My ability to let go  has improved greatly this year, I think, but this is something I will be continuing to work on as this next year comes. Knowing that out of everything, my deepest internal desire is to feel at ease, I’ve been playing with the words “ease,” and “acceptance.”  But to this I’d also like to add “confidence” and… this is a bit of a weird one….. “propelled.” 

New Year Words




My highschool volleyball coach always used to tell us,

“Play cool…. play confident…. play to win.”

This still sticks with me to this day. 

…And this is how I want to play. 

I’ve had people in the past tell me I carry a “quiet confidence.” I am not a loud person. I do not talk much in groups, and speaking highly of myself is about as comfortable as yanking a corset around your boobs. But I’ve learned that confidence does not have to be about fluffing up your chest and praising your talents to the hill tops. Or at least, it simply won’t be with me. But I do want to remain confident this year. I know I have talent. I know I have something to share and offer and I know I can learn and will work hard to do what any director asks of me. I want to go into each audition room with that “quiet confidence,” knowing inside that I deserve to be there. When and if I do not get the job… I will know that there are a gazillion other reasons that played a part in their decision making. And then I will move on. Which takes me to my next word. 




I couldn’t put my finger on the word that described this next aspect of how I want to feel, so “propelled” is the best I could get. This next year, I do not want to – for one moment – let go of my passion and my desire to continue going for my dream. I want to keep my mind percolating with future ideas, plans, creative endeavors…. I’m not saying I will do them all! That is NOT a goal I will be forcing upon myself! But just keeping that fire burning inside me, to keep me moving from one audition to the next, from one rejection onward. I do not want to become stagnant. Not for one moment. Always moving forward. Always feeling propelled. To my next hope, my next excitement, my next audition. 


Ease and Acceptance


And to keep this sense of quiet confidence, to keep my head grounded and propelled, I will need to keep my other words, “ease,” and “acceptance,” at the ready. To do this, I will have to remain mindful. I will need to be selfish with my protection devices and continue taking care of myself with comfort and compassion as I have been learning how to do. Caffeine? I’m going to need to continue to be mindful of when it feels safe and when it is a coping mechanism. Stretching, meditating and breathing exercises will need to continue to be a large part of my daily life. And continuing to not feel ashamed of my increased need for alone time and solitude will be continued work. 

New Year Words

“Document the moments you feel most in love with yourself. What you’re wearing, who you’re around, what you’re doing. Recreate and repeat. – girlpoweryouareenough instagram account


Acceptance does NOT imply I will become a wet rag waiting around for fate to hand me its cards (remember my post about fatalism?), but means I will be working to find that balance between hard work, constant movement – and letting go

So here’s to a new year. 

May I feel

At ease



And consistently propelled in my passion.

New Year Words

“My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are. To astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart.” – Maya Angelou

Happy New Year to you! And thank you…thank you…. for everything you’ve given me this year. Truly. 

What are your words for the new year? How do you want to feel most of all? #ease #acceptance #confidence #propelled #newyear Click To Tweet

Tell me,

What is/are your “words” for the new year?


  1. Kristy from Southern In Law | 31st Dec 16

    Your words for 2017 are so perfect! Especially propelled – that’s a word I never would have thought of but one that is so so great!
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    • Cora | 3rd Jan 17

      Its a bit of a weird one but its feeling pretty right to me…

  2. Evangeline | 31st Dec 16

    Hmm, good words for the new year. ‘Propelled’ is a super one. I think of boat moving through water. It keeps on going at a steady pace whether the waters are rough or calm. April will be exciting and maybe a little intimidating, but I’m looking forward to following that part of your journey. Blessings and best wishes for the New Year, Cora <3
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    • Cora | 3rd Jan 17

      Oh my gosh Evangeline… can I steal this analogy!? That is exACTLY what I was trying to say! Thank you! You genius, you….

  3. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 31st Dec 16

    I really like how you’ve phrased this in your post. It’s not so much a goal as it is a benediction. And a beautiful one at that.
    It sounds like you have a pretty big transition ahead…and a tough one! Being in an arts field is competitive, and competitive is tough for humble people. Wishing you all the best getting through to graduation, and beyond (although, of course, you can cross that bridge when you come to it.)
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    • Cora | 3rd Jan 17

      Benediction. I like this. You are extremely understanding Yoyce, even of a field you are not personally involved with… thank you!

  4. Jamie@TheMomGene | 31st Dec 16

    This is an awesome idea Cora. I too hate the idea of “goal-setting” for the new year. I think my words are “stillness” “thankfulness” and “creativity”…these are the ideas I want to pursue with my life and my family’s.
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    • Cora | 3rd Jan 17

      Ahhhh. Stillness. That also could have been one of my words. I think my version of “creativity” – because I always want that – is propelled. Same idea of always keeping that part of my brain a-rumbling.
      I love these words and wish they stay with you through the year!

  5. Casey the College Celiac | 31st Dec 16

    I LOVE the idea of choosing words instead of concrete goals. I’ve never been one for “action” resolutions, more reaction ones…like, this year: embracing change, living in the present and focusing on growth over perfection. I think some of the words I’ll need this year are: empathy (particularly, for myself and my mistakes – which are sure to happen as I start several big changes in my life), confidence (in being able to stand up for myself and properly represent my abilities as I start my first full-time job) and openness (to whatever opportunities, surprises or changes come my way).
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    • Cora | 3rd Jan 17

      Yes yes yes. I think these words are perfect for you and this big year you have ahead. You will no doubt conquer whatever comes – even if there are ups and downs in the process – but keeping empathy and openness for yourself and what comes your way is what is going to ensure your success. SO excited for you and your year <3

  6. Ellie Pell | 31st Dec 16

    I had two words last year, and I still like them so I’ll keep going with it. They were “tough” and “grateful”. Toughness to take what I’m given and go with it. Toughness to seek out adventure and hard things because I can do them and they make my life worth it. Grateful for all my privilege. Grateful for being able to make mistakes, learn from them and move on. Grateful to be happy 🙂
    Happy New Year Cora <3
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    • Cora | 3rd Jan 17

      “….and they make my life worth it.” Snaps to that. You are a tough girl and extremely hard working, and yet also tough in the way you accept the downs, use them to learn, and move on. That’s something I will always greatly admire about you. Also the fact that you say “grateful for being able to make mistakes”….. is pretty mind blowing. Not many people would be able to say that.

  7. Susie @ SuzLyfe | 1st Jan 17

    My words for the year. I honestly don’t know. I think that “believe” is at the heart of them. Believe in the process, believe in myself. Believe in who I am, who I know that I am. And what I know that I am capable of.
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    • Cora | 3rd Jan 17

      I think believe is a perfect word for you this year. And maybe trust? At least… I both believe and trust that you are exactly where you are supposed to be and that everything is going to turn out for you. No doubt in my mind <3

  8. Miss Polkadot | 1st Jan 17

    First off: this was amazing to read, Cora. I’m not sure if you can see just how inspiring you are but, well, you are.
    Second [yes, this could only come second for once]: Happy New Year! Reading this post I’m excited for you and excited to follow along on your journey. I will be keeping my fingers crossed for all that’s ahead of you. This post and the words you chose leave no doubt that you will succeed for me.
    By now you’ll know I have the hardest time deciding anything, much less words to guide me through a full year ahead. Two that haven’t left my mind for weeks now, though, are connection and presence. Especially the latter seems to be significant because I can see its relevance for many parts of my life.
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    • Cora | 3rd Jan 17

      Thank you, Sunne. As much as I am adamant to keep confident, there are so many self doubts and worries that are with me….. so hearing words like this really help me to keep these words of mine at the forefront. I have no idea what will happen this year and if I will have much “success” but I just want to keep trying.
      Connection was going to be one of my words. And its still something I want to try for more. I forgot about presence, though. Presence is perfect. Presence in the small moments is really what makes life a beautiful place and has the ability to take away the “bad.” I really hope you may keep these words burning bright in your thoughts through this year. I appreciate the connection we have! <3

  9. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 1st Jan 17

    Such a well written, thoughtful and honest post. I love each one of your words. It seems that you put delicate thoughts into them and have really thought about how you want this year to go. It’s exciting to think about your upcoming auditions and potential “scouts.” Be confident because you are amazing, and I feel that if you can stay confident, being at ease will come easier.
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    • Cora | 3rd Jan 17

      Your last line….. yes! Wow you are so right. They really go together and the kind of confidence I want to keep with me is a confidence WITH ease. Thank you for reminding me of that.

  10. Lyss | 1st Jan 17

    yes to having more confidence!! I think we can all work on that. Thank you for your honesty in this post- that shows you are confident in being authentically YOU! Love you!
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    • Cora | 3rd Jan 17

      Haha. Well… that’s what blogging is helping me with…. I’m getting there. Thanks darling. Happy new year <3

  11. Emily Swanson | 2nd Jan 17

    The idea of having different words for 2017 is a wonderful idea; I want to: Rest, Wait on God, worship God in everything I do, tell more people about Jesus Christ, share the gospel, and most of all trust God for every part of my life, including the hard parts. I know I’ll be imperfect, and I’m thankful that God’s grace is SO great.

    I love you Cora; keep using your gifts, resting, and delighting in life!
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    • Cora | 4th Jan 17

      Thank you, Emily. Happy start to a new year to you!

  12. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 2nd Jan 17

    I’m glad you didn’t let the year slip by without saying a few words. It’s not in your nature to pass up reflection. I think your words are wonderful and I really like propelled. Maybe it means motion, to be doing what comes next, to try, to attempt, to achieve as opposed to sitting idly or walking away from a goal.

    This is a big year for you indeed. I still want to see a show. One day….
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    • Cora | 4th Jan 17

      Yes I think that’s exactly what I’m hoping it means. To just continue trying without letting myself sit idle or get scared away. Just gotta keep moving – as when you stop, it gets harder to start up again. “Just keep swimming just keep swimming…”

  13. Stephanie Leduc | 3rd Jan 17

    I agree 100%, yes to more confidence and acceptance! You have a big year ahead of you, I hope these words stick throughout the whole year and help you to keep moving forward.
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    • Cora | 4th Jan 17

      I hope so too!! Happy New Year, Steph!

  14. chasetheredgrape | 3rd Jan 17

    I love this and your mindset heading into 2017. It’s a big year for you but so exciting as you mentioned. I think the words you have chosen are excellent and will drive you into the year with all you need. I think the word I would chose for 2017 for me would be faith – a faith in myself, my knowledge, my experience and my ability to do great things.
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    • Cora | 4th Jan 17

      I like this word for you very much. You do have all the ability – and I think this last year really showed you just how much you can do. <3

  15. Kaylee | 5th Jan 17

    I love all these words you picked! I’m not a big fan of strict resolutions either so the idea of picking on words to live out appeals to me. I was recently reminded of how acceptance doesn’t mean I’m approving of what is going on. On the same token, not accepting something doesn’t mean it will go away either or that it means I’m giving up. On top of acceptance and learning to let things go, I first words that come to mind are thriving, mindfulness and gratitude.
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