New Year, New Word

appreciate

Last January I started a new personal tradition: Instead of setting a New Year’s resolutions for myself, I would instead pick a word – one single word that I would focus on for the entire year.

I put quite a bit of thought into it and decided that my word for 2012 would be: Time.

I spent the next 12 months doing my best to give more one-on-one time to the people I care about the most.

My family got my undivided attention and my friends knew that I was there for them.

What I like best about the word I picked for last year is that it will continue on.

I will not stop giving my family and friends more of my time because it’s a new year; instead, what started as a yearlong goal for myself, turned into a way of life.

With the start of 2013, I wanted to pick another word that would not just cause me to grow over the next 12 months but instead stick with me forever…

My word of the year for 2013 is Appreciate

I want to focus more time on appreciating others:

I am surrounded by a great family and incredible friends. I want to make sure I’m letting those most important in my life, know what they mean to me.

I will take the time to remind my husband how much I appreciate all he does for our family. I will acknowledge how much I appreciate it when my kids help out around the house or do well in school and I will make sure I’m continually showing appreciation to the friends in my life who bless me and make me a better person.

I want to be sure to appreciate what I have:

I live a blessed life. Sometimes I have a bad day, get a little grumpy or wish things were going a bit differently – but when it comes down to it, the Lord has blessed me incredibly. I want to be sure to appreciate all that I have and not spend time focusing on what I wish was different.

 I also want to take time to appreciate what’s around me:

I’m a very task driven type of person. When I am given a job to do, I see it through. That means sometimes, I’m so focused on the end result that I forget to take the time to appreciate what’s going on around me.

I’m not going to stop working towards succeeding at the task at hand, but I will take a bit of time to slow down, notice the people, the atmosphere, the smiles and appreciate it all.

I’m looking forward to seeing how I grow in this next year.

I hope I am able to make those around me feel loved and appreciated, that I don’t take for granted all I’ve been given and I’m ready to give a little more attention to what’s around me.

It’s going to be a great year.

Now tell me, what’s your word?