You’d think it would be easy to pick one little word as your theme word for a year. After all, it’s just one word. It’s not like I’m writing a book. But it’s been harder for me this year than the past two. This is only my third year in doing this. The first year was the easiest. I had my word before I even decided that I would join in on the one little word class.
That was a rough year for us. My mom had died, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with dementia, and several other things had happened that had caused me to start focusing on all the bad things going on instead of the positives. And there were still a lot of good things going on, too! JOY was my word that year.
As the next year approached I started searching for my next word. After bouncing around a little I chose TRY. I had started a business but was looking at it as more of a hobby even though it was growing. There were so many things I wanted to do with it but was a little afraid to try them. What if I failed? So I spent 2013 trying things, both in my business and in other areas of life. And I discovered a few things:
1. Some new things I tried I didn’t like. But I never would have known if I didn’t try.
2. When I tried more, I failed more… but I also succeeded more!
3. One year isn’t enough for me to try everything I want to. So I’m keeping my last two “one little words” and adding a new one for 2014…
This was another one that I had a hard time choosing. I really just wanted to keep the two little words I already had. After all, I know them and am already comfortable with them. But part of choosing a word is getting out of my comfort zone.
The deciding factor on this word was our associate pastors sermon the last week of December. He preached on 2 Timothy 4:9-13, and spoke about how our New Year’s resolutions should be the same things we want tat the end of our lives, using Paul as an example. The first thing he asked for was for Timothy to come see him and to bring Mark.
Fellowship was his point but this really resonated with me in several ways. I’m usually a loner,. I don’t mind doing things by myself and usually when it comes to work I prefer working alone. But I’m finding that some things I can’t do alone and need to work with other people if I want to continue to TRY new things. We’ve talked about this in our Tuesday girls coffee meetings, too. How easy it is to just work all the time and not spend quality time with people. So I’ve already been setting aside a time on Tuesday with friends — no matter how much work I have to do.
This year I’m focusing on more of that time. Time spent with the couples my hubby (the Music Man) and I are counseling, coffee with friends, Sunday lunches with other couples we work with, more family time, meeting my customers at shows, connecting with other artists, etc. Ali Edwards has a whole class titled One Little Word that will help you create a notebook/scrapbook throughout the whole year. I took her class the first year and it was a little more organized than I wanted to go into but I did get a lot of great ideas and ended up just making a JOY journal. Maybe someday I’ll get it out and share it with y’all. This year I found a more simple printable goal matrix by The Project Girl that she used to create goals based on her One Little Word.