Have you chosen a word for the year? I like to do that and sometimes a word comes to mind right away, but this year, it took some time to come into focus for me. In the past, I've chosen words like light and grace and kindness, and last year, the word YES - and I have stories to go with each word - why I chose it and how it worked out during the year. I find that choosing a word helps me be more mindful about things. It's pretty cool to see how your focus on the word that you choose influences your choices throughout the year.
Choosing a word has been around for a long time, but Ali Edwards made it very popular in the scrapbooking community and beyond, teaching a One Little Word class and supplying products that are especially made to journal about your word for the year. I've ordered my word from Ali and am waiting for it to arrive, so I can keep it on display in front of me.
Before I share my word and the story behind it, I thought I'd share the words I considered - I kept a list in my journal of words that came to mind since the first of the year... peace, courage, enchanted, delight, brave, treasure, curiosity, amplified, go, wonder, beauty, adventure, expectant, celebrate - all good words, but the word that kept coming back to me again and again in my thoughts and in what I was reading was the word "focus".
I took a picture I tore from a magazine and have had hanging on my office bulletin board forever (on the back it says "Country Home 2008") and used letter stickers to put the word focus on it. It was a happy coincidence that the word is in sharp focus and the roses are blurry, receding into the background.
In the days since I chose this word, I've probably thought of it at least twenty times a day. When I have a lot to do (like now), I have a hard time staying focused, so this has been a constant reminder to focus on one task at a time and get it done. I think a lot of people who work from home struggle with this. Most of the time I'll work on a little bit of this and bounce to a little bit of that, but with the time constraints that I've had, it wouldn't be too productive for me to do that, so being focused has been key to my productivity. I've gotten so much done! You should see my crossed-off lists! :)
The other meaning of the word for me is more personal and spiritual. This word makes me think about who or what my focus is on. Is it on world events or our country's leaders? Is it on situations that are super difficult for so many people? Is it even on the work at hand? If I focus on those things, I can guarantee that my stomach is going to be in knots with worry and concern! Time after time I'm reminded that my focus needs to be on God and who He is and the promises He's made. If I align myself with His perspective on things, I will be able to sort out what is important and be able to have peace and joy, knowing that HE knows what He is doing. The Bible says in many places to keep our eyes focused on Jesus and trust Him. When I look to Him and call, "Help me, Jesus!" He is right there to draw me to Him. (The book, Jesus Calling, is super helpful to read to keep my focus on Him.)
So, I will focus this year - focus on the good in people and in circumstances; focus on God and all He's doing; focus on getting things done efficiently; focus on noticing the beauty in little things; focus on gratitude - I'm full of anticipation for the year ahead!
Have you chosen a word this year? I'd love to hear about your word in the comments!
My online shop for retired kits is now closed again while I'm traveling. I've updated the My Upcoming Classes blog with photos and information about new classes and where they will be taught. Class sign ups will be starting soon at Whim So Doodle and for Version Scrap Paris!
My next post will be from Paris! I leave tomorrow and arrive on Wednesday. Another adventure begins! Au revoir!