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There are lots of ways to celebrate the new year, and to prepare for a successful and fulfilling year ahead. Goal setting, reflection, personal 365 projects, etc. I participate in much of those ways, and sincerely love doing so.
One additional way that I’ve heard of these past few years is the One Word idea. I didn’t realize that there is a whole website based on this, and that there’s a book written about it.
You can find that info here.
The idea behind the One Word challenge is that you choose one word that you want to symbolize the year ahead. It could be something you hope for this year, like Strength or Courage. It can be something you want this year to be about, like Adventure or Family.
The choice is up to you, but the idea behind it is the same. To choose one word that resonates with you, and what you want this year to embody and what you want to do, learn or be this year.
I thought about it as the calendar changed from 2013 to 2014, and many possibilities crossed my mind.
One idea kept coming back though. It’s something that I unknowingly journaled about a lot over this last year, and mentioned in my prayer lists multiple times.
This year, my one word is:
I want to be intentional with my life this year. With my time, with my energy, with my resources. With everything.
A secondary goal that goes along with being intentional is being present. I want to be present in my life, in the present moment, fully engaged in what’s happening around me at whatever time and whatever place I’m in.
The saying goes, “Wherever you are, be all there.” -Jim Elliot.
That’s how I want to live every minute of my life. By being intentional and aware of myself, and how I’m spending my time and my resources, I think that will ultimately help me to stay fully present in my life.
Did you choose a word for 2014? If you did and you’d care to share, I’d love to hear it.
Kathy Hensel says
Thanks Laura for posting this. I often look into the future and this made me stop to appreciate the moments. I love this concept.
Laura Radniecki says
You’re welcome, Mom! 🙂 I do too – here’s to a summer of stopping to smell the roses A LOT! xo!