Friday, January 6, 2012
2012 One Little Word
Thanks to my inspiring friend Janice and Ali Edwards' blog, this will be my fourth year of choosing one little word to guide me. The first year I chose a word (embrace) more because it sounded good and not because it really suited me. The last two years I have chosen words (grow and move) that meant something to me and carrying those words with me have helped me remain focused and become better in different areas of my life.
My word this year is CHOOSE.
I want to choose to live with less. I recognize that buying things makes me happy. I go to a mall and the smell of retail makes me giddy. I am working on living with a budget that suits me and allows me some entertainment without going overboard.
I want to choose to simplify where we live. It is easy to get overwhelmed with clutter and stuff and things we don't need. I am going to make an effort to de-clutter, give away and sell the things that are sitting in the back of storage closets.
I want to choose to let things go. I hold onto things. When something bothers me, I carry it inside and it makes me miserable and sometimes I take it out on other people. I need to either speak up for myself and voice my concern or let it go. I am still working on letting go of my awful Canadian Tire customer service experience. It's going to take a while.
I want to choose my food indulgences carefully and know when to stop. I literally ate my way through December. I don't think I said no to a single pastry the whole month.
I want to choose to move. In the last half of 2011, I fell off the wagon in terms of exercise and being active. I feel so much happier when I work out regularly. Physical activity contributes to my overall well being and happiness.
I know this seems like a lofty list. But here is the thing that is great about one little word, it lives with you for the year. If you let it, your word stays with you through thick and thin. Sure there will be moments where I may not live up to each and everyone of these goals, but by inviting this word into my life for a whole year, I have twelve months, 366 days to make change. Change that will be for the better.
"You live with it. You invite it into your life. You let it speak to you. You might even follow where it leads. There are so many possibilities. "-Ali Edwards
Have you chosen your word for 2012?
In honor of Friday and being friendly, I am linking this post with Bruna's Let's BEE friends.