Over the past few years, it’s become popular to choose a ‘word of the year’ as opposed to writing individual resolutions. Traditional New Year’s resolutions, while good, can be clunky and hard to remember. For the past few years, I created a few general goals each January and then broke those down into tasks that would help me attain them– that’s the ‘do-it’ list you can see in my sidebar. That’s been a great way to challenge myself, but focusing on a ‘word of the year’ simplifies everything. Things that are simple are more likely to get done, right? Having a mantra over the past year, just one word long, truly changed how I viewed things for the better.
Though I didn’t mention it on the blog, last year’s word was PAUSE. Stopping to appreciate each giggle, smile, pigtail, book, hug, and even each tear was amazing. Life moves so quickly, and pausing gave me time to savor many moments I would have forgotten or not fully appreciated.
My husband would say my word for 2013 should be NO. And while I agree one of my biggest problems is I say YES to just about everything (and therefore totally overextend myself), I think the word NO is a little too negative for my tastes. 😉 So the word that popped into my head for 2013 is NOW.
Why? I have a serious problem of not living in the NOW:
- I multitask. It’s ridiculous. I check Facebook (and also Twitter, email, and Instagram) while watching tv. Instead, I should focus on NOW and snuggle with my husband.
- I plan, plan, plan… and then, plan some more. Living spontaneously is really hard for me. I should live in the NOW and enjoy each moment instead of planning for the next one.
- I procrastinate, without purposely procrastinating. If I’m writing a card that needs an address, I’ll leave the card in a pile ‘to be addressed’. Instead, I need to get up NOW and check the freaking address. This scenario plays out dozens of times a day, in dozens of different situations. Imagine the time and energy I’d save by just doing it NOW!
What will living in the NOW earn me? I think it will help me (K)NOW. I’ll know more about my kids, my husband, my friends, myself. I’ll know more about living instead of planning for life. I’ll know more, because I’ll be able to get more done. Here’s hoping 2013 is a year full of NOW!
In case you’re wondering, one of the ways I’m blogging in the NOW is using Instagram more. I really fell in love with it over the past month because as the name implies it’s instant. Instead of snapping, uploading, browsing/deleting, editing, and inserting it to my post, taking photos with Instagram eliminates about 3 steps in that process. Proof of my commitment to NOW is using Instagram for the photos in this post. That’s right, I’m walkin’ the walk. And I promise it’s not a thinly veiled attempt to have you follow me on there, but if you do, I’d love you even more for it!
What’s your word of the year? And why?
PS- here’s a free ‘chalkboard’ background I made if you’d like to use it for your word of the year. Simply upload it to PicMonkey, write your word using the text feature, and crop if desired. Then you can even print it out to post somewhere as a reminder. If you create your word using it let me know, I’d love to see it!