One Word: Become

Every year, toward the end of December, I get asked the same question. “Any resolutions for the New Year?” Resolutions have always felt like an impossible to-do list that I am most certain to fail. I often feel defeated before the year even starts.

A few years ago, my husband and I were introduced to the book One Word: that will change your life by Jon Gordon, Dan Britton and Jimmy Page. Their little book leads the reader away from resolutions and to one word, a theme, for the new year.

“one wordcreates clarity, power, passion and life-change. The simple power of One Word is that it impacts all six dimensions of your life – mental, physical, emotional, relational, spiritual, and financial. Simply put, One Word sticks. There is a word meant for you and when you find it, live it, and share it, your life will become more rewarding and exciting than ever.”

Every year, our family takes time to pray, think, talk and share about our words. To us, they are more than just a theme. We ask God to guide us to a word that we can focus on for the year. Some of my words in the past have been: Faithful, Restore, and Abide.

We make something visual, so we don’t forget. We have reminders in our home of our past words. Art work, or words painted on old barn wood. They are a testament to how far we have come, what we have accomplished and what God is doing in our lives.

This year, my word is: Become. I am turning 40 in a few months, which seems to be a good turning point. My children are getting older, I’ve been in my career for years, my husband and I have been married for 17 years. But with all of that, the dreams shouldn’t go away or fade. They should become bigger. So this year, in 2018, I will become so many things. Many of them I already am, I just need to live into them.

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Our family spent time on New Years Day to create our One Word vision boards for 2018. I love that all of our words are different, and personal, and challenging, and beautiful. Our family likes to include key Bible verse for the year as well.

I encourage you to think of a word for your 2018 and live into it!

If you would like more information on the One Word book, you can check out the website at: http://getoneword.com/

Resolving not to Resolve

Every year, 45% of American adults make one or more New Year’s resolutions. Only 8% of those people are successful in keeping their resolutions. The top resolutions probably won’t surprise you: weight loss, exercise and stopping to smoke. While most people break their New Year’s resolutions, it has been shown that making resolutions or goals (writing them down, telling someone, plastering them on Facebook, or blogging about them) will help you keep them.

Growing up, I would make resolutions. They were probably silly and I honestly don’t remember what they were, or if I kept any of them. In the past several years, I just haven’t made any. I figure, if I don’t make any, I won’t fail keeping them and end up in that 92%.

Recently, I read a blog (http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/01/10-weekly-goals-7.html) about keeping weekly goals. They are specific for that week and fit into categories.

Family/Mothering Goals

Personal Goals

Home Management Goals

Business Goals

I have started to make these weekly goals. I did great for the first two weeks of January, then we left for Orlando and it all went out the window. Time to get back on track. Under my personal goals, I split them into: Spiritual, Physical Activity and Me Time. I’ve also tried to keep my goals small. I tend to set big goals and there is no way I can accomplish 10 of them in one week.

I also added a monthly goal. January’s goal was to organize my organization. (Yes, a little crazy.) February’s goal (Well, there are two. I told you I’m not good at keeping them small.) is to take back our master bedroom (more on that later). The other goal is to get Fit in February. (Catchy, right?)

We’ll see how my resolutions . . . I mean goals are going six months down the line. For now, I’m taking the small steps and it’s working, fun and exciting.