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My One Word (2019)

January 28, 2019

If you’ve been around the internet at all, then you’ve probably heard of this idea of choosing a “Word of the Year”. The concept is that instead of trying to stick to (or even remember) a set of strict New Year’s Resolutions, you choose a single word to focus on for the whole year. A word that speaks to who you are or what you want to accomplish or how you want to live. Choosing a “Word of the Year” can help you identify your intentions and your goals and keep you on that path, without the possibility of failure if you didn’t do exactly X,Y,Z.

I’ll be honest, I hadn’t given the whole concept much though before. I didn’t know what it was about or why everyone was doing it. But it sure did seem like EVERYONE was doing it.

In my own form of resolution rebellion, I refused setting actual resolutions and instead set myself some general goals for the 2019. Nothing concrete, like lose 10 pounds or blog every day. More like things I hoped to accomplish in the new year. But the idea of choosing a single word for all of my goals still never crossed my mind.

I’m not sure when it came to me. Maybe during a conversation with a friend. Maybe just while my mind was wandering freely. But, all of a sudden, one day I had it! I had a word! There was, in fact, a word that encompassed much of what I was trying to outline in my goals, and that word is . . . finish.

There’s a meme that says, “My mind is like an internet browser. 19 tabs are open, 3 of them are frozen, and I have no idea where the music is coming from.” Well, ladies and gentlemen, that is me in a nutshell. I joke with my friends that I have project ADD. I can’t even finish one thing before I’m on the the next, resulting in a bunch of unfinished tasks that clutter up my brain. My nephew is 3 and I still haven’t finished his baby quilt (never mind even started on Charlie’s, poor girl!). My kitchen cabinets, that I painted when we first moved in 7 years ago? They still don’t have their trim back on! Whelp, I decided that this year was the year to change all of that!

My focus this year is to finish the tasks that I’ve started or have been putting off forever, so I can get them off my plate and out of my life. I want to finally free myself and my mind from being tied down by my seemingly endless to-do list, so I can take a breath and enjoy life a bit more. Man! Will it feel good to close some of those tabs! Maybe I’ll finally figure out where the music is coming from!

Did you pick a “Word of the Year’? I’d love to hear it!

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