Connect in 2012 {Giveaway: The Rusted Chain Bracelet}

I am sitting here, at 4pm, stuck in bed with the flu. Not quite the start to 2012 I was hoping for! Flu aside, I am really excited for the start of a new year.

Every new year I select one word to help guide my year. 2011 my word was “happiness”. I read and was inspired by The Happiness Project and it seemed only natural to focus my 2011 on intentional happiness. My “Happiness Reports” will continue into 2012, but my word is going to change.

For 2012 my word is CONNECT.


I want to spend time developing relationships and connecting with others on a deeper level. I want to connect with my husband through (at least) monthly date nights. I want to connect with my kids by spending more one on one time with them. I want to connect with my friends, making getting together with them regularly a priority. I want to spend time with my family…visit them more. I want to find blogs that move me and spend more time reading them. I want to engage my mind… read more, take more photos, live life vibrantly.

As a visual reminder of my 2012 word, I ordered a stamped metal bracelet from The Rusted Chain. On my bracelet will be the word “Connect”. Beki has generously offered to give one lucky Dine & Dish reader a 2012 word bracelet as well! To enter the giveaway for a stamped metal cuff bracelet from The Rusted Chain, simply leave a comment on this post telling me what your focus word is for 2012.

For additional entries:

  • Become a fan of The Rusted Chain on Facebook
  • Tweet the following “I hope to set my 2012 intentions in metal by winning a bracelet from The Rusted Chain & @DineandDish “

All entries must be received by midnight, CST on Tuesday, January 9th, 2012. Winner will be chosen by and notified via valid email address.

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  1. says

    My word is ENJOY

    I want to enjoy life and all I have been given and worked hard for–my family, my home and the goals we have obtained

  2. Amy McElroy says

    Love your word for the year Kristen…and love this jewelry! Already saved the website for future purchases!

    My words for the year are: Life is Good!

  3. MaryBeth says

    I’ve been thinking about my “word” for 2012. I think it will be FEARLESS. Not the daredevil type of fearless, but rather the “do not be afraid” type of fearless. Yep…I’m going to be fearless in 2012. Best w

  4. Amy Kempf says

    While there are many things I am trying to improve in my life, I am working on being more self-disciplined in a lot of areas this year.

  5. Cheryl says

    My word for the year will be Gratitude. I have started writing random thank you notes to people in my life and hope to maintain a goal of 3 – 4 per week for the year.

  6. says

    My word for the year is Balance. Although I love your word connect. I am trying to not live at work and take care of me as well as everyone else. I want to find that balance in my physical being and spiritual self.

    I hope I will get to meet you Face to Face when I come out west to see my kidlet.

  7. Kelly S. says

    My word for 2012 is Focus. I want to focus on regaining my sense of self which has been lost over the last few years. I want to focus on spending more intentional/less distracted time with my kids, and I want to focus on building my own business.

  8. Elle Hyson says

    I think I need two words for 2012 – keep going – to continue to confound the doctors who gave me four months ten years ago –

    Happy New Year to you and yours Kristen and I hope you get over the flu quickly – my husband came down with it today and I am keeping my fingers crossed.


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