Did you choose a word for the year? It’s not too late! Some of our community members have found that there is power in choosing a word to live by all year as opposed to (or in addition to) a New Year’s resolution. Write to us and share your word for the year at email@example.com
Your word could inspire others. Your story matters.
Jenny from Illinois:
My word this year has been “ORGANIZATION.” Before having children I really liked how orderly our home was most of the time. We now have 3 young children and it seems like everyday, everywhere I look organization is needed, so that became my word.
I was VERY ambitious when the year started and would work on one area of the home a week, but then life just happened and I’ll admit, I’ve not done as well lately. I’ve started w/cleaning out and reorganizing closets and cabinets. Sure the kitchen cabinets that the kids can reach aren’t organized always, but they occasionally are.
What a feeling it is to have one more part of the home more organized, even if it’s only for a moment before things start getting moved aroundby little ones again.
I try cooking meals in advance, usually between 2 weeks and a month’s worth of main dishes-stuff that is able to be frozen and still tastes fresh when heated in the oven. Usually it’s just putting together the ingredients in a freezer bag so that I just have to dump the contents into a dish and cook. Then I organize them in the freezer to help w/time management.
Putting away one child’s clothes and getting out the next size is much easier when things are organized by gender, size, and season, all in marked tubs.
Organization moves beyond the home as well. Getting the kids out of the house and into the car for appointments goes much smoother the more organized I am before even involving the children in putting on socks and shoes. Books for sitting appointments, extra wipes already in the car, diaper bag all packed and ready to go, snacks packed if we’ll be out for awhile, etc.
I have to shop with the 3 littles and if I’m on an ‘orderly, organized mission’ going INTO the store it keeps the kids from getting too distracted and allows us to move from one part of the store to the next without making it take longer than need be if we don’t have to visit one section of the store multiple times. It never fails that when I’m out with the 7 month old, 2 yr old, and 3 yr old at least one person tells me “You sure do have your hands full. You’re lucky to have well behaved kids. How DO you DO it?” Organization day by day, moment by moment, is my answer now. They aren’t perfect kids, their mom has just done her best to plan out the trip. The mis-behavior does show sometimes in public, but it’s far less likely to happen if I’ve properly planned in advance. Especially important is time of day for each store and the order in which we make our stops. Sure some days are much easier than others, but I can’t imagine my life now without the organization that is done daily.
Behind the scenes work (organization) that most people will most likely never see really will take some stress out of your life no matter where you’re at on your journey. You could ask my husband, though he’d never know that it was my organziation beforehand that made the night or event or whatever go smoother. He could however let you know that there are rougher times than others and I KNOW it’s because of what I’ve done in the organization department ahead of time.
Jenny, I just love this word! I especially liked the food prep organization you take us through but how great that your word works for you in so many different areas. For many of us, it does not come naturally so to read how it benefits you so much, in so many different areas, is truly inspiring. I know it will help others with their goals whether they be dietary, child-rearing, work or just daily life! THANK YOU for sharing! – Carol
Lorraine Becker, Houston, Texas
April 2013: My word for this year is “BASICS.” I really prayed about this. I didn’t just want to choose the first word that came to me. I wanted it to be a “word from God” on what I needed in my life. It took me about a week of prayer and while “basic,” is so powerful, I needed to get back to the basics in my life. Our life has been turned into “going” and “doing” rather than just “being”. Being present, being available, being mindful. That made me think, okay, what do I need to do to be able to “be”? I need to cut out anything that isn’t important and get back to the “basic” fundamentals. Those basics are faith, family and friends. We’re still (four months later) cutting things out, rearranging but we are working at it. I also needed basics in my diet. If you eat the primary basic foods and cut out the processed, its kinda easy to focus on the better foods because its so basic – its easy. Doug and I are focusing on the basics in our health – physical, spiritual and marital. Take out all the distractions, get down to basics and its amazing what that will do for your relationship. One of our latest date nights was going for a run and then eating outside at nearby diner. So simple and yet so sweet. How awesome to share physical and marital health. So my word, in progress, for this year is BASICS.
Very, very cool, Lorraine. I love that you are still working on the word and chose to share it with us in April. It is not too late for folks out there to choose a word that might make a difference for them this year. It’s never too late! And thanks for taking us along on the journey to finding your word. We could all use a little more focus on what truly matters. In so many areas of our lives! So thank you for sharing. I am certain you’ve inspired others like you’ve inspired me. – Carol
To be honest I would never have listened to a Pod cast from “gunguyradio”, based solely on my emotional reaction to that name. However, Carol is a big fan and I am glad I listened to her speaking on air.This next year my word will be QUALITY, it will encompass aiming for a higher quality of nutrition, putting more in and getting more from my workouts. Also heading towards a better quality of relationships and the way in which I give of myself. I have become more mindful of doing things with purpose and good intent, claiming ownership and living with those consequences. For many of us these things do not come naturally, due to limiting childhood experiences and some poor choices, but I also believe in moving forward and living an open minded life. For many of us this has to be a daily conscious decision.
Happy New Year
Carol: Caroline, I am so grateful that you took time to share your word with us. Not only the word but what it means to you. These words are enough to inspire anyone to find a word for the year or at least find more quality in our lives. Thank you for sharing.