I have seen several bloggers who choose a word to represent their upcoming year, a word they want to inspire them. Tina at Best Body Fitness chose “joy” to remind her to enjoy her life even when she’s going going going. Lindsay at Cotter Crunch chose “nurture” to remind her that is her role and she needs to focus on it. Erin at A Girl and Her Mutt chose “sparkle” because sometimes you need to remind yourself to shine! And Clare at Fitting It All In chose “accomplish” because for her, this is a year to focus on achieving some major milestones.
I love how everyone finds a word that represents them, where they are in their lives, what’s going on, and what their values are. I have to admit, I had a lot of trouble coming up with my word. There are a few things I really want to focus on this year, and I could find a word that tied them all together. One is I want to nurture relationships — be a better friend, wife, daughter, mother. Another is I want to get my house in order, organized and finish up some projects (like finally hanging pictures in the hallway that have been framed and sitting in a stack for two years). Another is I want to be smarter about how I spend money.
I thought about making my word “execute” because I really want to focus on DOING things, not just thinking about them. But execute has such a negative connotation. It’s not really an inspiring word. I thought about “DO” but it felt too short. Anyway, after a lot of thinking and a two-mile walk (during which I dropped and shattered my iphone), my word came to me:
I want to increase my awareness, how much I am paying attention to things. Only when I am aware can I see the things that I need to do. If I am aware of my surroundings, I will see the pile of stuff in the corner and do something about it. If I am aware of my calendar, I will know that a holiday or birthday is coming up and can plan accordingly. If I am aware of my husband and children, I will know what is going on with them and what they need from me. If I am aware of how I spend money, I will think twice about purchases, will reduce impulse buys, etc.
When I’m aware, I can make smarter choices, plan ahead, and meet commitments. It ensures that I address issues that are in front of me instead of pushing them to the side. Awareness drives action. So that’s going to be me in 2013.
Did you choose a word for 2013? What is it and why did you choose it?