wings and things


on January 2, 2014

I follow the blog of a wonderful woman, Nicole Cody, who writes with such positive, energetic wisdom that sometimes it takes my breath away. In her post today, she invites us to choose a “Power Word” for 2014 – see

Lots of possible words came to mind: gratitude, laughter, healing, energy, harmony … but then I suddenly realized that I wanted my own power word to be the word, power itself. Or, to be more exact, the word, powerful!

POWERFUL – yes, I like it!

For me, this word doesn’t mean that I want to stomp, Godzilla-like, on anybody or anything; instead, it signifies a transition from the flailing, exhausted, try-too-hard strength I already have to a more spiritual, muscle-bound ability to contend with all 2014’s challenges, and embrace all of 2014’s joys with the kind of gratitude that is loud and fierce and inviolable.

The weird thing is that as soon as I chose my power word, my limp became a leap, and my wrinkled heart grinned itself into a balloon.

Thank you, Nicole! This photo of Prince is for you.


44 responses to “Powerful!

  1. artfulanxiety says:

    I’ve just read Nicole’s post and thought of my own power word. Thank god for her posts! Love your word!

  2. Great word and reasons for choosing…. I thought about what word I would choose and didn’t think too long before deciding on ‘victory’. I’d like to have victory in some areas in my life … which I won’t belabor right now…. Food for thought! Diane

  3. […] post by Nicole about finding your power word for 2014. It was a great read and just as I finished another wonderful blogger, Jules had picked hers and already felt great having done so. I just love the sense of community you feel […]

  4. Terry says:

    We all need that power word, I think!

  5. I will go over to visit Nicole. Have to say the word Powerful is indeed a good word.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Gorgeous bird! 🙂

  7. Ingrid says:

    That is the most amazing photograph

  8. lensgirl53 says:

    Strong word for a strong woman. I like it. xo dale

  9. He’s gorgeous and your word is… powerful! 🙂

  10. ytaba36 says:

    What a good idea. I’ll give this some thought and choose my word, I reckon.

  11. ksbeth says:

    what a wonderful idea, a wonderful word and a wonderful picture. i’ll be sure to check out her blog and happy new year to you, powerful woman ) beth

  12. “…my limp became a leap, and my wrinkled heart grinned itself into a balloon.” Love this Juli! Happy New Year and best wishes for living a powerful new year! 🙂

  13. mimijk says:

    Terrific post – thank you for recommending her. The first word that came into my mind was ‘grace’ but I’ve got to think about it a bit. You are powerful Julie – powerful and wondrous, flexible and stubborn, strong and not-so-strong, inspiring and inspired. And Prince? He is simply magnificent.

  14. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography) says:

    Amazing shot of Prince, Julie. Every time I see your white peacock I feel like I’m seeing a fantasy or science fiction. That all-over white display is stunning.

    My 2014 power word would have to be….uhmm…..I don’t really know. I sort of have nearly everything except Energy, Adventure, Movement, Travel, Healing. And even the word Healing is purely a state of mind. Some days I feel totally Blissed out with Joy. On the days when I’m not in pain, I just have to close my eyes and I feel uplifted, enlightened, blessed and empowered. Some of this comes from constant relaxation techniques developed to reduce my BP. It used to take me hours to relax, but now I just have to close my eyes & feel like my body is melting and rising above the ground (in seconds). Most of the time I can drop my BP 30-40 points in 5 mins.

    I like the word ‘Grace’ mentioned by mimijk.

    • jmgoyder says:

      Vicki, you amaze with your resilence, fortitude, photographic talent and compassion for people like me, when your own suffering is so severe – I think you are one of the most incredibly brave and compassionate person I have ever met and I salute you and thank you soooo much for all of your words of wisdom and moral support. I am not sure how you manage to be so incredibly creative whilst you suffer such physical health problems. Thank you so much for your friendship. Julie xxx

      • Vicki (from Victoria A Photography) says:

        You’re very welcome, Julie.
        You inspire me to be a better person (towards others), Julie.

        I have to admit after spending a couple of hours in the garden yesterday, I can barely stand this morning.
        Hopefully a soak in the hot tub will fix it. Otherwise I will need a big dose of analgesics or a long walk to calm down those over-used muscles. It’s days like this that I remember why I had to quit work 4 years ago.

        We all need supporters when the going gets tough and I daresay your days will get tougher as the year goes on. I can’t physically do much for anyone else, even my dear old Dad, but I can listen and write a few words of understanding & support.

      • jmgoyder says:

        We don’t have a bath – oh I wish we did! You, Vicki, are an absolutely amazing friend and you have supported me so much. I owe you bigtime! Lots of love, Juliexxxx

      • Vicki (from Victoria A Photography) says:

        Whattttttttt !
        You don’t have a tub (bath, I meant)?
        How can you live on a farm and not have a bath to soak in?
        How do you get the bird poop and cow s–t off your toes? (lol)
        How do you un-stiffen after a hard day’s work on the farm?
        Where do you put Great Aunt Maisie’s stinky bath salts she gave you for Christmas?
        Where do you……………looks like you’ll have to visit me one day. I only have a 3/4 size bath, but it’s better than nothing. I had to have a shower over Christmas while staying up the country – my brother’s spa bath is so big, I’d drown if I’d got in it.

  15. Powerful is an excellent choice Julie! I was reading another post yesterday about choosing one word for the year and I landed on Tenacity. May 2014 be powerful and empowering for you and your tribe!
    Diana xo

  16. mrs fringe says:

    I like it, and I love your spirit. 🙂

  17. tootlepedal says:

    More power to your elbow in 2014.

  18. Wow on your post. Wow on her post. Wow on your photo. First word came to mind was vitality and I instantly felt better, more energetic. With all this body of mine is going through, that’s a biggie. Happy New Year!

    • jmgoyder says:

      Oh Paulette – you have been so amazingly supportive of me and my stupid woes and I have not reciprocated enough. I send you much love and appreciation for your friendship. You really are a true friend and I hope to be the same to you once I get out of the quicksand! Jxxx

  19. Oh wow, Julie! What a magnificent photo of Prince. Hasn’t he grown up to be just breathtaking, and so magically individual.

    I was thrilled to hear of the immediate positive effect in your body of your power word. What better validation could there be?

    Thanks for your kind words and the Prince Pic. I’m wishing you all good things in 2014. Much, much love, Nicole xx

  20. This is wonderful! I clicked over from Nicole’s blog. 🙂 I love that your power word is powerful, because you are!! I am not sure if you are interested, but in astrology right now there is a lot of focus on looking at right use of power.

    Here’s a link if you are interested:

    Blessings to you in this New Year! Love, Teresa

  21. I got distracted by Prince, he is so handsome! I think that you found the perfect word for you Jules. 🙂

  22. Judith says:

    To your year of power! Flex your muscles. Enjoy. You’re a benign dictator. I have no fears:)

  23. Sonel says:

    Oh wow! Prince is absolutely gorgeous Judith. Great post and photo hon. 😀 *hugs*

  24. Wonderful word choice. I will check out the link and figure out my power word for the year.

  25. FlaHam says:

    Julie, you have choosen wisely,had you chose that word I would have suggested determination. You have that in unbelieveable quantities. Take care, Bill

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