about choosing a word of the year, rather than making resolutions. Change started out as me leaving a comment
about how there were so many *things* I wanted to change, but it took root, and
that was my word of the year.
week. I am all about new
beginnings. There is something about
excitement of being able to accomplish everything I have on my list for the
week – odd right?
so much, the seasons. Having the newness
of each new season, and when one is almost done, looking forward to the next.
month. I hate the cold, the depression
of coming off so many joyful holiday celebrations, and the short short days.
wonderful it is to turn to a brand new year on the calendar, all the
possibilities that are waiting for us, and my perspective changed. And believe me, it was a welcome change!
and not so exciting, but when I was able to change my thinking, and started
using that time to reflect on the past year and look to the future, it became one
of my favorite weeks of the year.
In fact, I might have been looking forward to January 1st a
little too much this year.
word of the year?
making my goals. When I try to figure out what my goals will be for the
year, I need a guide. What am I looking
to accomplish holistically for the year?
When I look back on 2017, what do I want to see?
seemed. I didn’t know quite what to do
next. There were things in our church
life that needed adjustment, there were things in our homeschool days that
needed adjusting, I needed to step out of my comfort zone and be more involved…especially with one very
extroverted oldest daughter.
ran with it…maybe a little too far if you read my reflection of 2016.
homeschool plus a crazy 2 year old, that is not something that I can easily
find. Despite my need to recharge in
quiet, by myself, I made it a point to start being more involved.
because we homeschool I feel like I started overcompensating for the fact that
she was not with 20 peers all day every day.
norm, being out of the house 6 out of 7 days each week with activities (between
all of the family, not just my extroverted child), started to take its toll.
worked relentlessly to increase readership, build relationships, make more
money, get more opportunities.
gumption to keep going, yet I knew that our busiest season was right around the
corner, and so I persevered, but I also started thinking about 2017, and what I
wanted it to hold for me, for my family, for my career.
this year would be.
I have worked really hard over the past several years to make my life
one that I love. I stopped trying to
please others, I stopped saying yes when I know the answer in my heart was
really no. I started taking time for self-care. I made the choices that were best for my
family first, and it made a huge difference.
finally figured out a way to make the blues of winter go away.
procrastinating, and not sleeping, I drink way too much coffee, I needed to
normally do every year. I plan to share
my strategy to continue to grow, but to still give myself the room to
breathe. It should be an interesting
year, growing pains I think they should be called.
for recharging. I know that I need
planning days, and I know that I need solitude.
I need time to be with the kids – really just be with the kids besides
homeschool or driving to activities. I
need to start observing a Sabbath regularly.
using my word of the year to guide those goals.
the year? What might your word be for
this new year?