My Word for the Year

Good last morning of 2020!

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I kind of get tired of saying for the ten thousandth time, “I’m going to eat better, lose ten pounds, get in better shape, read more, stress less.” Blah…..

A few years ago I came across the idea of picking a word or short phrase as a theme for the year. Every year it ends up having several meanings and a deeper significance than I had planned.

In 2018 I picked “Enough” which started as in “You are doing enough!” and ended up being “Enough! Stop! Change!” 2019 was “Keep Going” when everything felt a little over my head but I needed to keep digging out. 2020 was “Present”. I picked it because I felt that Everett was the best gift we could have gotten to start our new year, and I wanted to be present in his first year. It was a great word in light of all that happened this year, because not only did I really make the conscious effort to remember everything, but it was good to take the year in and use it as a growing opportunity – not to avoid it but to remain present.

This year I’m picking “Embrace” – 2020 was divisive, stressful, lonely and full of hard transitions. In 2021 we need to embrace more than ever –  how things are, the small moments, our friends AND our “enemies”.

What word will you pick as your theme this year? I’d love to hear!

_____Here’s what’s going on in Lead this week

Thursday, 12/31 New Year’s Eve
The Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center will be closing at noon today, and closed for New Years.

Friday, 1/1 New Year’s Day

Saturday, 1/2
5-6:30pm – Free Community Dinner at the Assembly of God church. Open to anyone, with dine in or take out available. This dinner is free and is a chance for the community to come together. (Save the date on each first Saturday night of the month.)

Monday, 1/4
10:30am – Golden Fold @ Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center
5pm – City Commission Meeting, City Hall

Tuesday, 1/5
7pm – VFW post #5969 meeting, VFW Deadwood

Wednesday, 1/6
6pm – Trivia @ Jailhouse Taps
6:30 – Zumba (NEW CLASS! with Debbie Minter) @ Explores Fitness & Adventures, 457 South Main Street – $8/class (Also a new class on Fridays at 5:30pm) From Debbie: “Zumba is a dance fitness format based on Latin and other world rhythms. It is an hour of really fun cardio exercise masquerading as a Dance Party! Zumba is a great way to burn calories and improve your cardiovascular fitness all while having fun. The class is a full-body workout, including some strength and toning , balance and flexibility work. Zumba is a NO-JUDGEMENT ZONE! You don’t have to be a dancer to do this, it works for all levels of fitness.” For questions contact Debbie at 720.394.6755 or [email protected]

____ News & Notes

We’re collecting annual sponsorships for 2021 and we want to say a big thanks to the ones we’ve already finalized: Thyssen Mining, Black Hills Energy, Homestake Mining Co., Deadwood Lead Economic Development, Blackstone Lodge & Suites & Mile Up Marketing. Thanks for being a part of everything we’re doing in Lead!! If you’d like to join this very snazzy group of VIPs email Thomas, [email protected]

Lead’s starting its very own new MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group! If you’re a new or newish mom or you are an old hat mom but are interested in making some new mom friends then this is for you! We’re welcoming all moms of all ages! We’ll meet in the basement of Shepherd of the Hills church (825 W. Main St.) on the second and fourth Sunday of each month – first meeting will be 1/10. Feel free to call me if you have questions 584-3110 (I’m the leader). Snacks and childcare will be provided. You can find out more info about MOPS at

Here’s to a wonderful 2021 and many great things in our future and the future of our fair city!

With Love from Lead,
Sierra Ward

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