Monthly Archives: January 2015

Pick One Word To Define Your Year

I’m not a resolution maker. The three biggie resolutions people usually make–lose weight/begin to exercise/quit smoking don’t apply to my life, so when January rolls around, I don’t give it much thought.

But something different and interesting has caught my attention.words

A word.

One word.

Choosing one word to help define your year. One word that can help you live with intention.

So what’s intention?

It’s turning off the auto-pilot way of living. Have you ever driven somewhere and when you got there you don’t remember anything about the drive?

You were on auto-pilot–going through the motions, but not really present.

Some people live their whole lives like this–as if they’re sleeping walking through their days.

Intention is taking a look at who you are and who you want to become. You develop a vision and sense of purpose for your life and take time daily to move toward it.

We all have to-do lists that need to be done, toilets need to be cleaned and groceries need to be put away. The everyday stuff of life has to get done.

Of course we’re not going to be deeply engaged in every single moment of life–even though those gorgeous photos with sayings that encourage us to do so make us feel like we should–it’s just not realistic.

But we can add more intention to our days which will bring purpose to our lives.

So I’m going to pick a word that I can meditate on, let marinate and simmer during the year. I’m going to let my chosen word help bring more intention to my life and help me carry out my life’s purpose.

Meditate…

Marinate…

Simmer…

My word for this year–my first year doing this–is FOCUS.

focus

Focus

During the last couple of years, I had a lot going on in my life.

I went from being a stay at home/homeschooling mom of twenty-years to working a bunch of part time jobs:

massage therapist,

marketing for our local symphony (from home),

piano teacher,

online student for a health and wellness degree,

occasional photography jobs and the once in awhile banquet server.

And raising 3 of my 5 children still at home.

Whew! I was going in too many directions. My energy was scattered and unfocused.

Last spring I cleared all of that out of my life–just not the kids of course ;-).

Now my focus is on nursing school without working. I’ll be starting my second semester next week. Keeping my focus on the prize (becoming an RN so I can support my family) will help me do well.

Focus will help keep life simple (well–as simple as life can be in nursing school).

So that’s my word.

Instead of making out a list of things you swear you’re gonna do, or not do, this year (only to feel like a failure as January comes to an end and you’ve crumpled up your list out of frustration) why not pick one word this year to help you live with more intention?

You can get word ideas and join others at OneWord365.

Here’s to living a better story in 2015!

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” ~Philippians 4:13

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