Last year I wrote resolutions. Last year, I failed at quite a few of them.

This year, I'm having a word. A word of the year, summing up all my hopes for what this coming year will hold for me.

Without further adieu, I give you my word: (literally and figuratively)

PROGRESS: [prog-res}, verb, Definition: improve, advance, Synonyms: ameliorate, become better, better, blossom, boost, develop, gain, grow, increase, make first rate, mature, shape up, straighten up, truck, turn over new leaf, upgrade.

Right now I feel stuck. In a funk. I feel like I'm not doing anything with my life. I do several things well, but I haven't become "great" at anything specific. I want to be better. I want to be the best at something. Even if it's one thing,

I want to master the art of something.

This funk mainly stems from the fact that I'm not making "real" money with all my part-time hobbies. I work freelance in many different areas: design, photography, painting, etc. Right now, it's not livable. It's not survivable. I need to be better. I need to progress.

I want to be more organized, recognized, outgoing, significant to the world around me. I want one of my hobbies to become my full-time job. I want to be great. I want to make money that will help my husband and I get completely out of debt and start saving for a house. Our house. I want to be better. I want to progress.

2013 has a lot in store for me.

I'm going to pay off my credit card.

I'm going to contribute to my newlywed household.

I'm going to have a career.

I'm going to be better.

I'm going to progress.