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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.

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  1. I love your word and your goals. The living with less and sticking to a budget is something I need to do. Husband is good about it but I am not. I love to shop. I need to sit down and come up with a do-able budget that allows for some flexibility for entertainment :)

    You inspired me that night we met with regards to fitness. I know we fall off the band wagon every once in a while but as long as we get back on and never give it, we're doing well. I'm going on my 4th week of working out and feeling great and good about it. Thank you!

  2. I thought this is where you were heading! Choose is a great choice ;)
    I am posting about mine soon...I think I will include that quote from Ali.

  3. Thanks Bruna.
    4 weeks of working out, that is great. I am just finishing week one of getting back into the swing of things. December was so bad.
    I am back on the exercise band wagon, too. My hubby and I sat down and worked out a schedule for the week so we can both get our workouts in. I worked out 5 times this week and it feels so good. I got the new Jillian Michaels video for Christmas called Shred and Shed and I do that or go to the gym.