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I missed choosing a word of the year last year. But the 2015 word makes me smile, happiness.
The day after I decided on my 2015 word of the year, I thought about church discussions that happiness being fleeting and how we should strive to have joy. While joy is the ultimate long term goal, I don’t think I could achieve joy without ample happy experiences.
While I’m not looking for selfish moments of fleeting pleasure, I am hoping to discover what makes me happy. Often the simple question “Where do you want to go for dinner? overwhelms me. Even more than struggling with restaurant choices, this Christmas I realized I became accustomed to centering my celebration on making the holidays special for my children, I lost touch with what makes Christmas special for me.
I’ve spent so many years pleasing others, that I think it’s time to take a bit and focus on finding those things that make me happy, what makes me smile. For example, when I was packing up the Christmas decorations, I had to leave this little guy out just because I feel lighter every time I see it.
I was trying to think of a picture that embodies happiness and went to my Facebook friends for suggestions. They had great examples of what happiness looks like to them: family, service, nature, babies and the Holy Spirit started the list. But those things can be hard to capture in a single snapshot. I decided that my cute little Santa timer is going to be my happiness mascot and I’m going to make it a goal to share images throughout the year of simple things that brighten my day. I think I’ll call them Happiness Helpers!
Here’s to a year of smiles and happiness! I’d love your comments sharing your 2015 word or what makes you happy.
Last year I focused on nurturing myself. Moms get so busy taking care of everyone else, sometimes we don’t do so well taking care of ourselves.
The year before that it was direction. So many things to learn and be, but what do I really want to be? I’m still working on that one!
My first year’s word was Progress.
I’m seeing a trend that I’ll continue with this year’s word – Determination. As in the act of coming to a decision or of fixing or settling a purpose. This is the year to put it all together and move forward on becoming something more. It’s the year to let go of fear and doubt, and transform.
Adding a picture to this post was hard! What does determination look like? I had a picture of a raccoons from our family photography challenge and thought about how determined those buggers can be to get into food. The picture of a squirrel at the lake reminded me how determined he was to eat my Oreos – not cool. But the picture from my graduation is more in line with my hopes for this year; a culmination of years of learning and hard work coming together.
Do you have a word to guide this year? I’d love to hear it. We could offer each other support and encouragement.
My word of the year is nurture, but my word for this life is balance. Everything always seems to come back to finding balance – nurture and direction are part of finding my ultimate peace, but that peace comes from balance.
Summer always seems to emphasize how challenging it is to strike that balance. I want to spend time enjoying my children while they are out of school, I want to teach them responsibility, the importance of work and education. I want to help them develop a love for learning and the desire to develop their talents.
If that wasn’t enough to fill a summer, I also have my own responsibilities and a desire to continue learning and developing my own talents. We all have a need for social time and even down time to just relax.
Every summer I know the challenge of pulling it off in a satisfactory manner. I usually only achieve it for a few days each summer.
The rest of the days are skewed one direction or another. I spend the whole day with my family, then scramble to meet deadlines. Or I work and research, then feel guilty that my kids are bored and want to do stuff with me. Yes, they should be able to entertain themselves – and they are usually pretty good about diving into a book. But it seems foolish to not spend time with your kids while they still want to be with me.
Now that summer has passed, I try to remember all that I’ve learned and fiddle with the balance of our lives. Maybe I’ll have a better handle on it next summer. There’s always hope, right?
Continuing with the tradition of the last two years, I’m choosing a word of focus for the year 2012. Last year’s word, direction, has served me well. I still struggle with spreading myself too thin, wanting to do too many things; but I’ve made progress in focusing on what’s most important right now.
Over the course of my quest for direction, I noticed my motives for many of the things I “want” to do were related to other people. For example, my desire to learn to play the piano; I do want to learn to play the piano, but making the time necessary was creating more stress than pleasure. But I pushed on hoping my practices would inspire my children to practice – it didn’t. Part way through the year, I put that goal aside for now.
I hit me again several times in December. Things I love about Christmas became filled with drama, like how many kinds of cookies we need on hand for Santa and our advent drawers. I love the activities that go with Christmas, but I kept hearing how my kiddos didn’t feel it was enough and I struggled with feeling the joy of the season. I started asking myself, what do I need to feel the spirit of Christmas? What does taking care of me look like? Because truthfully trying to make Christmas magical for my kids wasn’t working for me.
By the end of the year, my word of focus for 2012 emerged. It seems a little selfish, but I don’t think it is. I need to nurture myself to nurture others. The more I think about my words from the last few of years, they are part of the same journey. There’s a flow between progress, direction and nurture. Here’s to enjoying the journey!
What’s your word for the 2012?