Wow, it feels so good to finally get a page done. Grad school and practicum are incessantly all-consuming this year. Which is a perfect segue to the word I chose for 2014, grace. There are so many meanings to the word, and they all resonate with me to one extent or another. The meaning that is foremost for me in choosing this word is the one I focused on in my layout below. I started 2014 scared and overwhelmed about how I would get through the coming year. Grace is the aid and support that comes from God, the Universe, the Divine Mystery. When I looked up definitions, I read that divine grace is “free and unmerited,” which at first seemed harsh to me. I continued reading and realized that “unmerited” doesn’t mean you don’t deserve the blessings of grace, it means that the whole question of deserving or not deserving is not part of the equation. There is nothing you can do to earn grace, no way you have to be in order to be worthy of it. How beautiful.