For the past two, or maybe three years rather than resolutions I have spent some time choosing a word that would better define and shape the year. I make resolutions, too. You know the ones- the usual lose weight, go to church more, drink less carbonated beverages, be a better person, blah blah blah….but the word that you can carry around with you throughout the year seems to work best for me.
Choosing a single word is not a new concept. In fact, if you google word of the year you can read countless upon countless posts of other people’s “word”. I recommend doing this AFTER you’ve spent some alone time with your personal word options though before googling. You’ll just get confused and overwhelmed if you focus too heavily on what other people are choosing and why their words are their words and how they chose their words, etc.
Trust me. Just stay in your lane and focus on your word.
I can’t remember what my word was in 2013 quite honestly and because I didn’t blog it, I am ashamed to say that it probably was chosen haphazardly because everyone else on the Internet was choosing a word and as a result it was probably not that effective of a word. 2013 was an awkward year for me professionally and emotionally. I had little idea of what I was doing and where I was heading. Looking back, I really was a fish out of water- flapping and flailing awkwardly trying to find my voice and my place on the Internet ….and in this world.
In 2014, my word was Journey. I didn’t blog it either (shame, shame) but I know that it was my word because I ordered a hand stamped necklace with a vintage camper trailer (on my bucket list to one day own one…soon) and the reminder to enjoy the journey engraved into it. I don’t know that I could’ve chosen a better word to have guided or to sum up what 2014 had in store for Brian and I.
2014 brought us the completion of our custom home, the publishing of The Traveling Apron Cookbook, and Brian’s promotion from Assistant Athletic Director to Associate Athletic Director. It was a loving banter throughout the year of who was getting more magazine features and press time. I get emotional just soaking in just how much the two of us have accomplished this year and how undeniably blessed we both are. I am so lucky to journey through this life with him.
My 2015 word of the year will be Intention. While I’ll continue to piggyback on 2014’s word, because let’s face it- my journey is far from complete, I’ve chosen Intention.
[in-ten-shuh n] Spell Syllables
Synonyms Examples Word Origin
1. an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result.
2. the end or object intended; purpose.
The ultimate goal of 2015 is that I am intentional with my heart and with my time. That my life will reflect my heart, and that my heart will reflect and continue to seek my faith. That I will choose the paths to take, the activities that consume, the words that are used, and the time spent with others as a result of something intended rather than coincidence or habit. I have spent a lot of time and worry this year on things that are insignificant (who really cares how many dogs I adopt?), things that I cannot control (why my sister doesn’t call when she’s driving through my town), and things that occupy too much time unnecessarily. I have taken on projects and said yes to things that weren’t the best fit because they weren’t chosen with intention.
My hope for this year is that my word will guide me to intentionally choose how my time will be spent on this blog. When to say yes, when to say no thank you…and when to let go of things that no longer work or that are no longer beneficial.
Life is short, y’all.
As much good that has come from this year, it also brought with it sadness and the death of my father’s cousin, Lynn who was way too young to say goodbye. And while she battled cancer for some time, we thought she had overcome it once again. Do you know the one thing that will continue to haunt me? That our last conversation she mentioned wanting an LSU apron and I blew it off because I assumed we’d have plenty of time to get one to her. It’s trivial but it still bothers me.
I don’t ever want to be unintentional with my conversations and actions. I don’t ever want to assume that there will be time to tomorrow or the next day, or that my intentions to get to it next week don’t ever happen.
I want to live with better intention.
Do you choose a word? I’ve love to hear the word you’ve chosen in the comments and follow along with you this year!