Rise: My Word for 2013 and How it all Turned Out



It’s the last day of the year.

A year that has been filled with laughter, sadness, joy, depression, excitement, adventure and overwhelmingly cool things.

My word for 2013 was “rise” – and boy did I do just that.

Rise  (rz) v. rose (rz), ris·en (rzn), ris·ing, ris·es

1. To assume a standing position after lying, sitting, or kneeling.
In 2013 I have continued to heal myself and my past. After a very turbulent 2012, I think I can safely say that I am back on my feet. I have gained 15 pounds (going from underweight to normal weight), I have lived on my own, I have found a confidence within myself that I didn’t even think existed.

Read: Are you Tired of Life? Encouragement for the Overworked, Stressed and Exhausted

2. To get out of bed: rose at dawn.
Most days I have been out of bed before 8 pm. Beat that!

Read: 17 tips on how to invite passion and inspiration back into your life

3. To move from a lower to a higher position; ascend: Hot air rises.
I have literally risen to the sky in an airplane 26 times in 2013. Not quite my record in a year, but close!

Read: Wanderlust, Restlessness and 16 tips on How to See your Everyday Life with New Eyes

4. To increase in size, volume, or level: The river rises every spring.
I think I can safely say that I have increased in size. At the very least, I feel taller.


5. To increase in number, amount, or value: Prices are rising.
The Freedom Experiment has almost doubled in size in 2013. While I had 600,795 unique visitors in 2012 – this year there have been 1,175,567 (!!!) unique human beings reading what I write.

Read: Change is a Friend of Mine: Wisdom for the Mighty Dreamer

6. To increase in intensity, force, or speed: The wind has risen.
Things have definitely been speeding up, and I dare say that I am a force to be reackoned with. To deal with the intensity, I have learned how to meditate.

Read: 23 ways to Meditate without going Crazy

7. To increase in pitch or volume: The sound of their voices rose and fell.
My thoughts, ideas and opinions have been louder this year. I have been interviewed on the Huffington Post and on countless blogs and websites. I have contributed to several paid products, online courses and classes as an expert.

Read: It’s by standing still that we can catch our breath

8. To appear above the horizon: The sun rises later in the fall.
This year I have been so high. Literally, I have been at an altitude of 4000 meters this year – the highest I have ever been  – as a part of the retreat I took part of in Peru.

Read: You won’t See it until you Believe it

9. To extend upward; be prominent: The tower rose above the hill.
A highlight of my year was definitely attending the World Domination Summit in Portland. And this year, I did feel much more prominent. It scared the hell out of me to be recognized and to have all of you guys come up to me and say hello – but it felt good too! Not that I crave to feel important or famous, but I’ll be the first to admit that it feels good to be recognized for what you do.
The experience was topped by being approached by one of my big heroes and asked to write for her. More information about this cool venture soon!


10. To appear at the surface of the water or the earth; emerge.
Something amazing emerged in my life in 2013; the love for my nephew Emil. On May 23rd, at 6 pm – and in the middle of a coaching session – I got the phone call that would change me forever. I had become an auntie to a beautiful and healthy baby boy.

Read: 59 Awesome FREE things to do to Feel Amazingly Alive

11. To puff up or become larger; swell up: The bread dough should rise to double its original size.
Well, in addition to the blog stats,  something else also did double in size in 2013… In October I signed the contract (and the mortgage…) for an amazing apartment in downtown Oslo. And the size? More than double what I have been living in in 2013. I can’t wait to host dinner parties and book club meetings and to invite all my international blogging and coaching friends to Oslo!


12. To become apparent to the mind or senses: Old fears rose to haunt me.
When you are in therapy, it is inevitable to have old stuff rising to haunt you. In August, I suffered a blow after a particularly difficult time full of triggers. It was horrible at the time, but I got through it and I am now stronger and happier than before.

Read: The Art of Reframing Difficult Emotions

13. To uplift oneself to meet a demand or challenge: She rose to the occasion and won the election.
Several times I have been rising to the occasion and done some really scary things. Launching my coaching practice, being interviewed live on TV, travelling alone to Peru, calling the bank to get a loan… are just a few things that come to mind. In addition, I have done lots of things that normally would make me nervous, such as starting a conversation at yoga class, dancing at parties, meeting blog readers, going on a date (!).

Read: Open your Hands if you Want to be Held

14. To return to life.
Yes. I did it!!


15.  To rebel: “the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government” (Abraham Lincoln).
I have to admit, I’m not much of a rebel. But I do believe that I am challenging the status quo in one important area. I write.
I write about what hurts, I write about what I’m ashamed of and I write about most people don’t dare to talk about. It has set me free, and if that ain’t to rise up, I don’t know what is.

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending.
– Saint Augustine



2013 has been an incredible year for me, and a huge thank you is in order. I would not have been able to do half of what I do if it wasn’t for the support by you. Thank you for reading, for commenting, for e-mailing, for sharing and for hiring me. Thank you for believing in me. You give meaning to my life.

Forever grateful,



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Sandra Kide January 3, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Thank you for what you write Marthe, for the inspiration, the beautiful thoughts… Keep going !! I’m reading your blog for more than a year and i’ll keep reading :)
I wish you an extremely happy year filled with what you love the most.
And if you ever want to go to Paris or France this year…don’t forget to tell me! :)


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