I first heard of picking your 2013 word of the year was right around New Years. Convenient right? So many blogs I read picked one. All of theirs seemed like great ones- Thrive, Rest, Play. You get the idea.
Picking a whole word to focus on as my word of the year seemed daunting. I wanted to pick something meaningful that really encompassed what I really wanted to focus on for the year. I didn’t take it lightly which is why I didn’t have a word of the year until the year was more than a quarter over. But for me, it really says everything about what this year is 100% about for me.
Dictionary.com defines savor as to taste (good food or drink) and enjoy it completely. My little family of three is going to be adding one more in late summer so this seems like the perfect word of the year for me. If I am being honest with myself (and you), I can’t even imagine or see what life is going to be like after the baby comes. All I know is that it is going to different than how things are.
I want to savor these last months of being a mama to one child. Malone at almost four is at such a fun stage. Everything in his world is exciting and he is a blast to hang out with. Our time together is not without it’s own preschool drama, but that is part of all of this too.
I want to savor the free time I’ve got, while I’ve got it. When Mike comes home from work, it is usually the daddy and Malone show. They’ve missed each other all day and want to spend the time reconnecting and playing. I try to give them that space and time as often as I can and as Mike needs depending on how his day went. Often, that gives me a chance to really focus my attention elsewhere. I usually spend it on domestic pursuits, but there is space now for me to read, write, go to dinner with a friend, etc. Speaking of friends, someone recently told me that you can cast a net wide or you can cast a net deep. It really stuck me. More on that on another day though.
Finally, I want to savor this time with my husband. Mike and I don’t often get out on a date because we don’t have family near by and paying a sitter + going out isn’t really in the cards. But we really work hard to connect where we can which is at home or out and about with Malone. I’ve found that intentional action goes a long way for everyone. This season is fleeting and someday he and I will be left with an empty nest. In 30 years from now I want to see and love the man I married. The only way to do that is to not make sure he gets lost in the balancing act of life & motherhood today.
Do you have a word of the year? If so, link to your post about it in the comments. I’d love to read about it. Or, just tell me about it! If not, it isn’t too late! I found that choosing a word of the year REALLY has changed my focus!