Why a list or just one word when you can have a phrase?
Yes, it is that time of year once again. The end of one year and the beginning of a new. Time for reflection and time for thinking ahead. What worked? What didn't? What to leave behind and what to pick up? Choose what to embrace and what to shake off. Embrace the zombies! [I digress...]
Many people, on the cusp of a new year, will write up a list of resolutions -promises they make to themselves that they hope they will keep. I found, through one of my favorite sites BlogHer, a post at Brinkley Miles & Co. where the author lists 14 resolutions for this New Year, "...14 in '14..." as she says. I, too, in years past have written up lists of goals and hopes and promises that I swore to myself I would do or achieve or somehow make come to pass.
Now, I also found an interesting post on something a bit different. This author last year, instead of a list of resolutions, gave herself a word - one word - as the touchstone for her year. Layla, at The Lettered Cottage, said her word for 2013 was "June." She said it reminded her of her and her husband and said, "...So for the past 360 days, I invited June into my life. I wrote it down where I was sure to see it, and whenever I did, I always thought about us. It triggered trips down memory lane, and daydreams about the journey that lies ahead of us. Braking for June also encouraged me to pray for him more…to give thanks for us more...It was just one little word that encouraged me to cherish our bond in a completely different way each day this past year...." [what a lovely sentiment!] So for this New Year of 2014 she is once again going the one-word route. Click here to read what Layla has to say about her "2014 Word of the Year."
Growth & Enjoy
For me, for 2014, I'm not making a list nor checking it twice. No resolutions. And just one word doesn't seem to fit. I've been working on some stuff this past couple of weeks, one being my business plan for 2014 and beyond - looking ahead five years; and another being our family calendar. It seemed that 2 things shook out as I ruminated on these things. One was GROWTH. The other ENJOY.
GROWTH: I want to grow my business. Yep, I really do. To do it the way I hope to means a huge revamp. A different way of looking and doing. More about this in the months to come. I want to grow my involvement with my love of: gardening [both in floral, fruit trees and vegetables]; of traveling [day trips and weekends]; of having fun with my best friend [the senior software engineering guy].
ENJOY: I want to enjoy the process of all that I do. I want to enjoy my business - all aspects of it. I want to enjoy rooting around in my garden. I want to enjoy trying new recipes with the summer crops sure to come from my farmer efforts. Enjoy time spent with the grandkidlets on summer outings; time with daughter Kim on day trips and weekends; time online with daughter Jennifer and learning more about her life in Tennessee [I'm very grateful to live in this Time when I can connect via the internet/smart phone with loved ones far away]. I also want to thoroughly enjoy the sheer wonderfulness of sitting and breathing and feeling grateful for each day given.
GROWTH & ENJOY is my phrase for 2014.
What is yours?