i love the idea of a word of the year. something to aim for. a simple, yet all-encompassing goal. rather than a focussed goal to, say, lose weight, having a word of the year can spread across nearly every aspect of daily life. like the word “intentional” – it could apply to parenting, friendships, work, exercise… everything!
just after christmas, we had some sweet time with sean’s family. late one night we were all sitting around the table and sean challenged everyone to come up with a word for their year. the answers were great, from 6 years to 70, with lots of vulnerability and laughter mixed in.
my word for the year is BALANCE. i think its something that everyone strives for, and something i’ve been working on since becoming a mother. but after working for years to find that ever illusive balance, i have realized that i need to be more proactive about it. i need to create that balance. not by juggling better, as i have tried for so long, but by creating a balance.
in the past i have basically made a mental list of all the details i deal with as a wife, mama, teacher, shop owner, friend, and prioritized those things. not eliminating anything, but just shuffling. and you know what i finally realized? shuffling is exhausting! and shuffling doesn’t allow me to do each thing well, but just good enough. and sometimes not even that!
so this will be a year of changes for me. i want to do what i do well and fully. i want to continue to do the things i love, but do them whole-heartedly. and the things i don’t love so much but still need to do? i want to do even them whole-heartedly as well.
having a full 2 weeks away with my family, time to rest and reflect, allowed for some really big decisions to be made. sometimes big decisions can be hard, even sad. i am ever so grateful that our decisions are happy and exciting! i’m hoping to share more details of our decisions over the next couple months – can’t wait!
but for now, do you have a word of the year? please share!