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Forget Resolutions, Choose One Word

The beginning of a new year is traditionally a time of reflecting and setting personal or professional resolutions Or goals.

DID YOU KNOW | One-third of those who make a “resolution” for the new year dump it within 2 weeks, and 50% of the rest say “forget about it” within 2 months.

Anyone who has ever failed at a diet made on January 1st knows resolutions are hard to keep. There has to be something better, right? Something to hold your focus for 365 days.

I have followed Ali Edward’s method for One Little Word for the past 5 years. However, this year I found this awesome website called One Word 365. This is a social site, that is quickly becoming a movement. At One Word 365 you can get word ideas, share your word with others, and find your tribe to help keep you focused for the next 365 days. Pretty cool.

THE CONCEPT | Live purposely. Live your life; who you want to be, what you want to do, what you want to focus on. You can choose any word, so long as it is a word that means something to you.

Choosing just one word allows you to focus year around on your goal. I would suggest displaying that word around the house so that it is always in front of you.

steve jobs quote

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Let’s face it, life gets busy. We “forget” what our goal/word is for the year. It gets shoved to the bottom of the to-do list. If your word is ever present, in front of you, you are more likely to “remember” and not lose your focus.

This could come in the form of a framed quote centered around your word. It could be a hand-stamped word necklace you wear. It could be in the form of home decor sitting on a shelf, or hanging on your wall. Put you word written on sticky notes. Tattoo your word on your forearm. Whatever works for you; I won’t judge.

Some of my One Words that I have chosen in the past:

2009: Be, as in “just be in the moment.”

2010: Faith

2011: Nourish

2012: Explore

2013: Joy

Most years my One Word has “spoke” to me. This year, not so much.

I have chosen to expand this little blog of mine. It’s something I have been wanting and working towards for a few years now. There is a lot to take care of when moving a website. I started blogging to satisfy the voices in my head; the voices that could not speak, but could write. More about my voices later…

It takes a leap of faith that all the writing I have been doing for the past 6 years will pay off. Or, leap off a cliff…

So, after much pondering, my word for 2014 is focused around that goal. Some words that were contenders: Forward, Refocus and {One} Step. But, one word was a clear winner.

My word for 2014: LEAP.

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In the coming weeks I will share this LEAP of expanding this blog. It’s going to be joy-fear kind of thing. You know, when you feel the joy of realizing a goal and the fear of failure collide? That’s joy-fear.

What is your One Little Word for 2014?

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Bring on the new year…

The Christmas season is officially over. You know how you can tell? Because the kids have played with all their toys and are now bored. Commence the bickering! The tree has yet to be packed away. And I don’t care.

I got an extra special gift this year. The flu. Awesome. Parker had it Saturday of last week. Christmas Eve was Alexandra’s turn. But mine was saved for Christmas Day.  At least I didn’t have to cook. We were invited to eat with friends, but I stayed home…holding down the couch.

Ipod

iPod Touch

She got her iPod Touch but not before I made her suffer a little. I wrapped it in her old cell phone box, then placed that in a box, which I wrapped, and repeated two more times. There was confusion, then tears of joy. Priceless.

Giant sock monkey

Giant sock monkey

Her big sis was responsible for finding this giant sock monkey. The boots are hers. She didn’t need anything else!

Shop til you drop

She’s out for the count

A trip to the mall to spend gift cards and cash…we shopped til we dropped. Which in 7-year-old time is approximately 2 hours. If we are lucky.

I woke from my flu coma on Friday, walked outside to the garage for bottles of water, and spotted these loving sights in the backyard:

Frost on branch

Winter branch

The sunrise shining through sleeping leaves. Today is the day He has made.

Sunrise

Sunrise

Now, bring on the new year!

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Something to Ponder this Weekend.

SOMETHING TO PONDER THIS WEEKEND | Recently I wrote about how our family loves the reality show Duck Dynasty, here. I typically do not write about things that would cause a fight. That is not what this blog is about. However, with the recent controversy surrounding what some are calling homo-phobic comments by the shows patriarch, Phil Robertson, to GQ Magazine, I feel I need to put my two cents into the mix.

The big question for me is whether or not Roberston expressing his religious beliefs and quoting the Bible can be labeled as Hate Speech. But first I must know: What exactly constitutes Hate Speech?

Hate Speech Law and Legal Definition: “Hate speech is a communication that carries no meaning other than the expression of hatred for some group, especially in circumstances in which the communication is likely to provoke violence. It is an incitement to hatred primarily against a group of persons defined in terms of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and the like. Hate speech can be any form of expression regarded as offensive to racial, ethnic and religious groups and other discrete minorities or to women.” {source}

Simply put, an opinion (religious, personal, or otherwise), other than your own, is not Hate Speech. The statement must carry an expression of hatred to be labeled Hate Speech. You may find it to be vulgar, disgusting, repulsive, or intolerant, but that doesn’t mean the opinion/statement carries the intent of hatred.

There seems to be a fine line between personal opinion/beliefs and hate speech these days. Sometimes those lines get blurred in this social media world we live in. And, sometimes we have a knee-jerk reaction to a statement, and rush to label it or that person as racist, a bigot, or anti-whatever.

Phil Robertson was not expressing hatred of a group; he was expressing his American right to his religious beliefs. He was asked his opinion of what he believes is sinful. Like it or not, he gave it.

Never ask a question if you’re not prepared to hear the answer.

This is my opinion: Tolerance on both sides is a must. A group cannot demand tolerance from another group without showing tolerance themselves. We must be quick to love, slow to judge. In this country we still (for now) have the right to express our religious beliefs. Simply expressing what is stated in our Christian Bible is not hate speech. You don’t have to like it, but you have to allow it.

Personally, I choose to base my opinion of someone by how they treat me, strangers, their family, co-workers, etc. It is not my place to judge. I will let God sort that out. I stand behind everyone’s right in this country to speak their mind.  Whether I agree with it, or not. 

Before you throw a stone at Phil Robertson with the media, read GQ the article for yourself (don’t read just the quoted excerpts, which are misleading). Then read the Robertson Family response.

Author Note: I am not defending what Robertson said, only his right to say it. Remember, just because you have the right to say it, doesn’t make it right. Hate-filled name calling does not contribute to the conversation, it only serves to fuel the fire and make you look stupid.

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December Daily | 14

Where to begin? Yesterday, another school shooting here in Colorado. One student in critical condition, the teen shooter dead at Arapahoe High School. Today is the Sandy Hook School shooting 1 year anniversary. I had to turn off the Today Show yesterday morning. Too many tearful memories were being replayed.

I can’t seem to get into a festive mood.

  • We haven’t baked cookies. Thanks to my bestie for inviting the girls over to bake with her family.
  • We haven’t gone out to see the holiday lights (although we plan to go on Sunday).
  • I half-hearted let the girls decorate gingerbread houses, which we threw out after only a week of display because the candies were falling off, and onto the floor, then sticking to our socks when we inadvertently stepped on them.
  • Rocco peed on the Christmas tree…again. Thankfully there is nothing under the tree to get wet except the tree skirt.
  • We’ve watched only one Christmas movie. Home Alone.
  • I think the girls are disappointed in the uninspiring Advent gifts in the countdown calendar this year. Last year, I set the bar high.
  • I am not even sending out Christmas cards this year.

I am just not in the mood.

Anyone out there feeling the same way?

ice skating

At the ice rink

spiral

Spiral

Parker is thinking she wants to start ice skating again. This morning we went to the Ice Centre and I had to bribe Alexandra to get on the ice with her little sister. A Starbucks Mocha Frappacinno was her prize.

Alex hasn’t skated since February of this year. Six years of skating and competing…she still can do a Spiral, but she wouldn’t even attempt a jump or spin in rental skates. She misses skating. I can tell.

December Daily layout

Embellishments by Sweet Shoppe Design.

****UPDATE: Claire Davis, the victim of Arapahoe High School shooting mentioned above, passed away December 21, 2013. Senseless. Her family are an example of grace and love in the unimaginable time of tragedy and heartbreak. “Last week was truly a paradox in that we lost our daughter, yet we witnessed the wonderful love that exists in the world through the tremendous outpouring of support we received,” read a statement posted by the Davis family on the hospital’s Facebook page. {source}

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Santa Ornament (Lazy) Tutorial

December Daily | 8

santa ornament

Cute, right?

This weekend’s Advent gift was crafts. We made these cute Santa ornaments. Inspiration by Pinterest.

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She’s a good little crafter.

I am not good with tutorials. So, here ya go…my lazy Santa ornament tutorial. Enjoy!

santa ornament tutorial

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Go make something creative.

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BTW: I was featured last week on Living Well, Spending Less. If you’re interested in fun ways to spend less, and awesome link ups, you should check it out! Linking up with DIY Dreamer, A Glimpse Inside and Farm Blog Hop.

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How I Know It’s Two Below Zero

DECEMBER DAILY | 7

If you look our house up on Zillow, it will tell you a lot. You will find out our house 1568 sq. ft. That it was built in 1973. Zillow claims there is a one-car garage. There is now a two car garage. It is listed as having a fireplace. I wish I had a fireplace. You will find the price we paid for the house, and it’s estimated value.

However, there is one glaring fact that is not listed on Zillow. Our house still has the original 1973 single-pane windows.

frozen windows

Ice, ice, baby.

Every winter our windows freeze…on the inside! And, that is how I know it is below freezing outside.

Like any 40 year old, you must maintain its body. And, this old lady is worn out, and needs a face lift, stat!

Yesterday I spent 4 hours chipping away at all the ice on all eight windows, melting the ice with a hair dryer, then shrink wrapping them in Frost King Window Insulation. The house already feels warmer.

Minus 2 degrees

Minus 2 degrees (Thursday morning commute)

Like much of the United States, there is an Arctic Freeze here. It’s Canada’s fault. I won’t hold it against them, though. I would love to visit Canada someday.

Lights under snow

Snow over the Christmas lights

Christmas is only two and a half weeks away. Anyone else feeling the pressure?

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