A few years ago I heard about the idea of choosing a word as a theme for the upcoming year instead of a long list of New Years resolutions. The word should encompass many other goals and areas of life, but allow more focus by having the sole word at the forefront of your mind.
I have never been a big resolution person because I pursue goals as they arise, but I like the notion of setting an intention and theme for each year. It seems a lot of people are doing that this year, and I have loved the singular focus so I choose to continue the same myself.
In 2011, I decided to “dream big” and accomplished a lot of new goals that year. It fit the year perfectly.
In 2012, I chose the word “trust”. I have to laugh because that word about sums up my overall year and the overarching lesson that God laid in front of me time and time again. Oh, I had a lot of chances to learn to trust in 2012 – in Him, in His timing, in His creation of my body. Lots and lots of trust learning going on over here in 2012. I mentioned last week that while it certainly challenged me, I still choose to focus on all the good that came in 2012. And learning to trust is certainly a good thing.
This year I want to go a different route, though. Do you blame me?
My word and theme for this year…
I want to bring joy back. I let the joy of life get away from me too easily this past year.
I want to feel the joy that comes from knowing God more and more. I know when I keep him at the forefront of my life, everything else seems to fall into place. That doesn’t mean everything is perfect (not by a long stretch!), but it does mean I can find more peace in all things and experience joy regardless.
I aim to have more joy and less stress with parenting. I love being a mom and I deeply love my children. Nevertheless, parenting can feel stressful from time to time. Right now, the kids are at an age where they are fighting a lot and Braedon is entering the “I’m going to push every button you have and see just how far my limits can go” toddler phase. It takes a lot of patience and I can let the frustration get the better of me in some moments and some days. That bothers me and I want to put the focus on the JOY of being a mom in all parts of parenting so they can grow up with joy and love surrounding them more and more each day. Even the fights and constant “No, Braedon”s are genuine blessings.
I want to bring joy back to my workouts – just as I touched on in my post Monday.
And along that same train of thought, I need more joy in my body again. A lot of times when I couldn’t run or when I felt upset about training it would lead to negative self-talk and getting very down on myself. I couldn’t see the progress I have made and myself as the healthy, strong person I know that I am. I can’t allow that.
I must allow joy back into my thoughts after a rough year where I felt I had to fight and claw through a lot of mud and murk in my thoughts. I don’t want to slip back into old, depressive thoughts and ways. Recognizing all the joy in life combats that struggle quite nicely. Goes back to the first joy, too.
I seek to keep my work as a source of joy, inspiration, and passion. I found a really good balance this past year to have fun with blogging, pursue some new opportunities, and share something I love with others – fitness. I want to keep that going through this coming year – no added pressure or specific goals. I want to keep the joy and just doing what I love and seeing where God takes me. I already have Round 4 of Best Body Bootcamp kicking off next Monday and a few fun things lined up for the blog after that. I can’t wait!
There you have it – my word and theme and, I guess you could say, goal for the new year. I hope to make it a good one…or at the very least, squeeze every ounce of joy I can out of the year. Cheers!
Your Turn: If you put all your goals/hopes into one word, what would you choose? Any specific goals/hopes for the upcoming year?