My Word for 2013

Going Rogue for Cupcakes

OK, so I had totally decided to abandon this blog. It is not a coincidence that my last post is from August. Around that time, after having participated in the redesign of the Mortal Muses site, I decided it was time to do something with my online home. I bought a domain and a site theme and had every intention of creating a great site that would set off my blog and allow me to showcase my best photography work. And then I got crazy busy at work and my good intentions to learn some code and customize my theme (which is lovely but dull, dull, dull) quickly unravelled. At the same time I became caught up in the Muses momentum and putting my best blogging foot forward on that collaboration, of which I’m truly proud to be a part.

The great news is that I’m planning to launch the new site within the next couple of weeks. Because of that, I had decided not even to bother posting here any more (even though I’ve had stuff I wanted to say) and just wait until I could unveil my pretty new home. And then I started seeing everyone’s one little word posts. And I needed to play. So perhaps to the chagrin of my web designer, I’m adding one more post here that we’ll have to migrate over to the new Manifeisty home.

2013 will mark the 3rd year that I have selected a word to guide me. In 2011 I chose Open and holy sweet crap did stuff come flooding in! In 2012 I chose Abundance, partially to give myself the strength to deal with the lasting reverberations of Open!

Last month as I started to put my mind to my word for 2013 I turned to Amy Palko for some ideas and input. Amy does these mini-Goddess readings in December to connect you with the Goddess that can help guide you in the year ahead and to offer some suggestions for your word. I got Amy’s e-mail on the Solstice and read it after having returned from an Aboriginal healing circle and then done my own releasing ceremony at home. So yeah, that day was about me full-on embracing the woo woo! So I’m sure that my Goddess-guide Aphrodite and my feelings about having her in my life will show up in later posts (because having her around brings up a boatload of feelings!) but for now I’ll say that while I laughed wryly when I saw Aphrodite, I puzzled a bit on the word that Amy suggested:


Having been absent this blog much of last year, I’m not sure how much I wrote about the weight I’d lost (and I’m too lazy to look it up). Here’s the upshot: I lost a bunch of weight (60+ pounds) and thought I had all my issues sorted. I don’t (big, surprise). The good thing is that I know more than I did a year ago and I’m committed to continuing to build a peaceful and loving relationship with my body. Anyways, at first Delicous brought up some questionable stuff (like visions of me stuffing my face full of cake), but then I sat with it for awhile. As well, I read again through what Amy had sent and started thinking about the reading in total. She talked about the year being about my sensual side (hello, Aphrodite!) and about using the question “Does this feel delicious to me?” as a touchstone. The more I rolled it over in my mind, the more Delicious started to resonate. As someone who has always been very think-y and in my head, this focus on feeling — you can’t think delicious, you have to feel it — seems like something I want to bring to my life this year.

So here we go, heading into 2013. The next time you hear from me it will be to unveil the new site and the new blog. I have lots of ideas for next year and even a few plans, including a plan to do lots of juicy planning and scheming for 2013 beachside in Mexico next week.

It’s going to be Delicious, y’all!


About Debra Cowie

Debra is a photographer and visual storyteller based in Ottawa, Canada. She is an explorer at heart, whose passion for photography was born in travel and has been carried with her to more than 30 countries so far. Debra is also an avid cook and baker and much of her current work focuses on food styling and photography in her serendipitously beautifully lit kitchen. She has flirted with Polaroid and 35mm film photography but her true love is her DSLR (aka "Boyfriend Mark").
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9 Responses to My Word for 2013

  1. I hope your designer doesn’t mind migrating another comment too, but I had to leave one. I LOVE this word. I remember the book The Search for Delicious from when I was in fifth grade, I loved it. I think that word is incredibly sensual and, you’re right, incredibly NOT thinky. 🙂 As a fellow over-thinker I can completely relate to wanting a word that brings more of YOU to the table than your ideas and thoughts, and I cannot wait to see what delicious has in store for you for this year. And I am pleased as punch we’ve “met” and now I to get to see this unfold for you!! Cheers my friend! 🙂

  2. Heidi says:

    Love your word for 2013 – I remember when you picked Open, right after we finished Unravelling! Can’t wait for the unveiling of the new site, will you post something here or Mortal Muses? Cheers ~ Heidi

    • Debra says:

      Hi Heidi! Thanks for stopping by after so long! I was going through some stuff a few weeks ago and found the lovely card you made for me for Open. When the new site goes live I’ll put a note here with a redirect. Looking forward to connecting again in 2013.

  3. Celina says:

    I am so excited for the unveiling of your new site!!! I love your goddess and word for the year. Sounds like it will be a year full of passion!

    • Debra says:

      Thanks! I’m really excited to get into a blogging routine on the new site. As for Aphrodite and me… Feeling a mix of exhilaration and terror!

  4. DesignbyJen says:

    Oh – delicious sounds amazing! I love that you can’t think it. I’m very much in my head too – you have me fast-forwarding to a 2014 word now (what can’t I think?!). I chose Open for 2013. We shall see how this goes. Actually, I can feel some fear and anxiety at the idea of being Open, perhaps there’s less thinking involved than I think 😉

    Best to you in 2013! And while Mortal Muses may have taken you away from here a bit, I love seeing you all over there. Thank you!

    • Debra says:

      Thanks Jen. Open is such a great word. It helped me take a few big leaps (like a spur-of-the-moment trip to Africa!). I wish you great things for 2013!

  5. love your word Deb as it is as delicious as you, you lovely woman you! and bravo for taking the step towards starting your new project. yay, yay, yay! xxxx

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