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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.

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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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2013 One Little Word

The beginning of a new year is traditionally a time of reflecting and setting new goals.

I am not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. All too often we make a resolution of kicking our caffeine habit…losing weight…eating less junk food…or whatever. We do alright at first. Maybe even last a few months but by March we fall back into our old habits again. Instead of resolutions, I like the idea of picking One Little Word for the year and allowing that to be my focus.

Resolutions are too vague. 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. Besides, you can start a diet any day of the week, or any time of the year. For 5 years now I have chosen “one word” rather than make a resolution.

The idea behind the one little word concept is to give yourself something to focus on throughout the year…”A single word can be a powerful thing. It can be the ripple in the pond that changes everything. It can sharp and biting or rich and soft and slow.”

This concept is totally from Ali Edwards. I have found this works much better for me than resolutions.

In 2009 my one word was “be”as in “just be in the moment.” I struggled with being in the moment at first. It had to be a conscious decision and I still remind myself of it today. It’s not a trait that comes naturally to me.

In 2010 my one word was “faith”. I think I did pretty well that year. I renewed my faith and continued reading the Bible. I still have many more Books to read but “it’s the journey, not the destination” or “it’s a long road, but the reward is great.” However you want to look at it, I will still be working on faith throughout my life.

In 2011 my one word was “nourish”. Nourish encompassed my whole feeling of what I want in the upcoming year to be. For my mind. For my body. For my soul.

In 2012 my word was “explore”. Even though I didn’t explore as much as I would have liked too, I think I did pretty well this year. We explored the Great Smoky Mountains this past summer. I explored a lot on my own in the Rocky Mountains and surrounding areas. Just me & my camera.

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I couldn’t help but notice that the marketing “word of the season” this year was Joy. The word was used everywhere, from signs hanging in Target, on ornaments, t-shirts, gift tags, television ads, even on signs used to sell McDonald’s McRib.

No matter how creative the marketing campaign, you can’t buy joy.

Besides being a clever marketing word, what exactly is Joy? Is it something close to happiness? Aren’t they the same thing? Well, not exactly.

Happiness is temporary. I am happy when traffic on I-25 flows smoothly, therefore making me on time for an appointment across town. Happiness is something I experience when I find a cute pair of boots on clearance. I am happy when the girls come home from a long day at school in a great mood.

Joy is something that is harder to obtain. Joy goes deeper. It’s felt deeper. Joy is everlasting. And, it doesn’t come from owning things.

Joy [verb] to experience great pleasure or delight (rejoice).

“Joy is an essential spiritual practice growing out of faith, grace, gratitude, hope and love. It is the pure and simple delight of being alive.” Spiritualityandpractice.com

What brings joy in my life? If you are like me, joy has been replaced with stress, to-do lists, taking care of everyone but ourselves, cleaning the house, fixing meals, paying bills, raising children and making commitments we’d rather not make. No wonder it’s almost impossible to feel joyful. Most days it would make me happy if my kids don’t fight…for an hour.

“Having more joy does not necessarily require a life overhaul ­– you may just need to create more space in your life for moments of joy.” Debrena Jackson Gandy

Okay, it kind of sounds like I am adding one more thing to my already never-ending to-do list. I read somewhere that 80% of your life should bring you joy…the other 20% is made up of the stuff that doesn’t bring us joy but we need to do it anyway. Yikes.

Sadly, my percentages are completely askew. It’s something I definitely want to work on. Because without joy, life is just pointless.

So, that’s my One Little Word: Joy

I will continue to explore this year because, guess what? If I learned anything from 2012, it is that exploring brings me Joy.  Creating brings me joy. Spending one-on-one time with each of my children brings me joy. Date nights with hubby brings me joy. Attending a church on a regular basis fills me with joy.

I am committing myself to making time for the hobbies, people, and faith that bring me joy. Even if I have to write joy on my calendar.

What is your One Little Word for 2013?

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One Little Word, 2012

I am not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. All too often we make a resolution of kicking our caffeine habit…losing weight…eating less junk food…or whatever. We do alright at first. Maybe even last a few months but by March we fall back into our old habits again. I like the idea instead of picking one little word for the year and allowing that to be my focus.

Resolutions are too vague. I’ve read that one-third of us 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. Besides, you can start a diet any day of the week, or any time of the year. For 4 years now I have chosen “one word” rather than make a resolution.

The idea behind the one little word concept is to give yourself something to focus on throughout the year…”A single word can be a powerful thing. It can be the ripple in the pond that changes everything. It can sharp and biting or rich and soft and slow.”

This concept is totally from Ali Edwards. I have found this works much better for me than resolutions.

In 2009 my one word was “be”, as in “just be in the moment.” I struggled with being in the moment at first. It had to be a conscious decision and I still remind myself of it today. It’s not a trait that comes naturally to me.

In 2010 my one word was “faith”. I think I did pretty well that year. I renewed my faith and continued reading the Bible. I still have many more Books to read but “it’s the journey, not the destination” or “it’s a long road, but the reward is great.” However you want to look at it, I will still be working on faith throughout my life.

In 2011 my one word was “nourish”. Nourish encompassed my whole feeling of what I want in the upcoming year to be. For my mind. For my body. For my soul.

This year my word is “explore”. If I knew then what I know now I would have chosen a different career path. No offense to my current employers, I am thankful for a job with such great bosses, but still, I wish I had been brave enough to have explored the world before settling down. Sure, I thought I was brave moving from small town Missouri to the big city of Denver, knowing only the friend who was moving with me.

At 19, I thought it was going to be an adventure, but it was a controlled adventure. My mom forbid me to move to NYC, so Denver was the alternative. It was the safe adventure.

I dreamed of seeing the world; NYC, Paris, London. As a teenager I had posters of the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben on my walls (next to Duran Duran and other rock stars, of course).

What if I had packed it all up, ignored the naysayers, and hit the road? How different would my life have been?

But, you can’t change your history, only your future.

I am devoting this year to exploring my world, where I am right now.

ex•plo•re – the act of searching or traveling around a terrain for the purpose of discovery of resources or information.

So, what’s your “one little word” for 2012? What do you want to accomplish or focus on in the coming year? I challenge you to create something, anything that will help you focus on your word in the coming year. Maybe I should post my word on the fridge…

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Faith Resolutions.

10 Faith Resolutions for Everyday.

Resolution 1: Keep kindness and loyalty in your heart. {Proverbs 3:3-5}

Never let your loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart.

Resolution 2: Trust the Lord with all your heart. {Proverbs 3:5-6}

Trust the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

Resolution 3: Don’t be too impressed with yourself. {Proverbs 3:7-8}

Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones.

Resolution 4: Be thankful everyday for the gifts the Lord has given you. {Psalm 118:24}

This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Resolution 5: Do not judge others. {James 4:12}

God alone, who gave the law is the judge…what right do you have to judge your neighbor?

Resolution 6: Be you. You are perfect the way you are. {Isaiah 64:8}

We have been formed by His loving hands.

Resolution 7: Do not fear. {Matthew 14:27}

But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said, “Take courage. I am here.”

Resolution 8: Stop worrying about today. {Matthew 6:34}

So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Resolution 9: All you need is love. (I Corinthians 13:13}

Three things will last forever-faith, hope, and love-and the greatest of these is love.

Resolution 10: Guard you heart. {Proverbs 4:23}

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

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Happy Half Year

July marks the mid-point of the year. Happy Half Year to you! Depending on how you choose look at it, either you can’t believe the year is half over, or you have 6 more months to look forward to.

Let’s celebrate! Bake a cake (like I need an excuse for cake), or simply lay in a hammock; reflecting on the past 6 months.

So, how’s that One Little Word Resolution coming along? You know, the one you made back in January. Yeah, me too. My One Little Word was NOURISH.

I had every intention of Nourishing my heart, body, mind & soul in January. I enthusiastically read books, recommitted to reading the Bible, stocked up on fresh fruits and veggies, took steps to better manage my health…I was ready to go! Then, life happened. I got off track (or was it derailed?). Either way, now is a great time to reflect on what has worked and let go of what wasn’t working the first part of this year.

It’s time to rev up, recharge, and recommit to your One Little Word.

Maybe you’ve found that your One Little Word isn’t working for you and there is a different word that is speaking to you. Go ahead and change it. There are no rules. Or, maybe you simply want to reflect on what you’ve done thus far in 2011. Maybe you have remained committed to your resolutions…good for you! Pat yourself on the back.

Reflection is good. You can choose to do this while eating a piece of cake, or laying in a hammock. The choice is yours. As for me, both sounds good!

What was your One Little Word and what have you been doing to stay on track for the past 6 month?

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forget resolutions…instead focus on ONE LITTLE WORD

I am not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. All too often we make a resolution of kicking our caffeine habit…losing weight…eating less junk food…or whatever. We do alright at first. Maybe even last a few months but by March we fall back into our old habits again. I like the idea instead of picking one little word for the year and allowing that to be my focus.

Resolutions are too vague. I’ve read that one-third of us 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. Besides, you can start a diet any day of the week, or any time of the year. For 3 years now I have chosen “one word” rather than make a resolution.

The idea behind the one little word concept is to give yourself something to focus on throughout the year…”A single word can be a powerful thing. It can be the ripple in the pond that changes everything. It can sharp and biting or rich and soft and slow.”

This concept is totally from Ali Edwards. I have found this works much better for me than resolutions.

In 2009 my one word was “be”, as in “just be in the moment.” I struggled with being in the moment at first. It had to be a conscious decision and I still remind myself of it today. It’s not a trait that comes naturally to me.

In 2010 my one word was “faith”. I think I did pretty well with that this year. I renewed my faith and continued reading the Bible. I still have many more Books to read but “it’s the journey, not the destination” or “it’s a long road, but the reward is great.” However you want to look at it, I will still be working on faith throughout my life.

For 2011 my one word is “nourish”. I originally chose “health” as my one word. I had a bit of a health scare this past month and that word is definitely on my mind right now as I go for more follow-up exams at the doctor office. Low Thyroid and  “Disordered Prolifertive Endometrium” (or I like to say: a dysfunctional uterus). Both are something that must be dealt with but are manageable.

“Health” became too vague of a word. For me, it’s more than that, it’s being more mindful of what we, as a family, are putting into our bodies, minds and souls. Yes, I am dragging my family into this too. Some of them are kicking and screaming. So, I thought a lot about it and came up with “nourish” as my word. It encompasses my whole feeling of what I want this upcoming year to be. For my mind. For my body. For my soul.

I have been reading more about “whole eating” or natural eating. A blog I really like is 100 Days of Real Food. The challenge is to eat only “real” food. No prepackaged meals. No junk food. No soft drinks. No fast food or take out, unless you know what is in it, which let’s be honest…how can you really know? Fast food restaurants bill their food as “healthy” when it has more fat and calories than their cheeseburger meal. Tough. Anyway, I am not interested in being extreme about eating, I just want to be more mindful. I don’t want to be a dictator about food, especially with my girls. I want to make smarter choices for each meal. And I want my children (and hubby) to grow up to be more mindful of food. Eat to live, ya know. Another part of the goal is to start practicing yoga again. It’s good for the body, as well as the mind. And of course, continue to feed our spiritual souls.

So, what’s your “one little word” for 2011? What do you want to accomplish or focus on in the coming year? I challenge you to create something, anything that will help you focus on your word in the coming year. Maybe I should post my word on the fridge…

Flourishes on the above “nourish” sign from http://www.designsbyanita.blogspot.com

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