Last year, I choose one word to focus on for the year. It took me a long time to come up with one. Nothing really seemed to fit until I came upon the word Savor. I knew it was the right one I looked up the definition- to taste and enjoy completely. If you want to read more about why I picked this word, click here to go to that post.
I was surprised at how much having a word of the year helped me focus. And I’m happy to report that I tasted and enjoyed 2013 completely. Malone and I had a great “last summer” together before Lola came. It really was more than I could have hoped for.
And then? Sweet Lola came and rocked our socks off. My nights are sleepless. My days are busy running a home, running two blogs, and being a mama to two & a wife to one. But I am soaking it in like sweet New England maple syrup on a pancake hot off of the griddle.
When Malone was an infant, I could barely keep my head above the water. But this time around with Lola? I’m doing cannonballs off of the diving board.
Life is FUN.
This year, I had a much easier time coming up with my One Word for 2014. I’ve actually known it since I wrote about why I’m blogging like a horse with blinders on.
Merriam Webster defines intentional as done by design. That is exactly what I want for 2014. Life. Done by design. On purpose.
I have a calender full of ideas for this space and for my family. Big dreams and little dreams are planned in pencil. I have dreams that are far off in the distance, but almost close enough to touch. I have goals, an action plan, and a fresh take on a life well lived.
A life well lived that includes more face to face time and less facebook time.
A life well lived that answers yes to the question “mama, can you please play with me?”
A life well lived that reads and writes more often.
A life well lived that is full of days done by design.
I am so madly in love with this new year already.
Welcome 2014. May you be the year where ordinary shifts to EXTRAordinary.
Come along with me. Let’s do this.
Have you picked your one word for 2014?
Let’s chat about it and our dreams for the year below.
And if you haven’t picked one yet, marinate on it. No pressure. I didn’t pick my word for 2013 until April.
Great word, NJ! I wrote about intentional living for my 31 days series. It’s life changing! I have a One Word for 2014 in mind. Shh, don’t tell, but it’s esteem. It’s so easy to find things to despise in myself (and even others), but I know the Lord has put on my heart to see my value and I believe this is the year to really focus on that.
Christy @ A Heartening Life
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I think that is a GREAT word.
I love the one-word for the year idea – I’ve been doing it 2 years running, and it’s really helped me anchor myself to my life and purposes.
I have something for 2014. Writing a post!
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I am loving the “choose a word” instead of a resolution for the new year. And I also love how simple the word can be, too! I am definitely going to think about my word so that it is meaningful. I’ll report back when I figure it out!
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Great word! I chose create this year because there are so many opportunities and memories to be made.
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I was inspired by this to pick my own word for 2014. Thanks! Can’t wait to read about how this word manifests for you in 2014. Happy new year!!
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I love the one word idea! I need to noodle on it for a while and will get back to you! Happy New Year, NJ!
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I love your word for 2014 – I haven’t picked one, but I want to. Thanks for sharing that you didn’t pick 2013’s until April – that takes the pressure off a bit!
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I love your word. You can’t go wrong with it. I hope that you enjoy every intentional moment of this year! Love your face to face time and read and write often. Happy New Year, NJ!
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Thanks Ilene! I am hoping the word intentional really helps my focus this year!
AND I’m hoping to see your face this year too!
Awesome! Happy New Year!
I’ve tried to say yes more when my daughter wants to play with me. Mainly because I know there will come a time where she doesn’t want anything to do with me.
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I’m trying to say yes more often too! It is really really hard because the things Malone wants to do could be done so much quicker if I could just do them myself (like the dishes)!
Great word, NJ! LIving with intent can give great focus!
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Love your word, NJ, it’s so “complete”! Mine are: happy, healthy, and supportive! Happy New Year, it was nice to meet you on SITSShareFest today 🙂
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It was weird picking my one word for this year. Last year I let things marinate for such a long time before finally choosing. This year’s word really grabbed me and has held me close.
I am wishing you much of your “one words” in 2014!
I picked two words this year – fearless and intentional. Both have been on my radar for a WHILE.
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