Tuesday, January 3, 2012

{one word}

I did this blog last year and wanted to revisit it to see if I made any changes.

Let's see...My word for 2010 was busy and I am so thankful to have changed that. Yes, I am still busy, but not BUSY. This year, God has helped me to cut back on my photography business, allowing me time to take on directing our Classical Conversations campus. Still busy, but it is almost all "busy" that I can include the kids on...which is my goal. I feel like we have cut things out and added things in but are not running around like chickens with our heads cut off. Phew. My word for 2011 was organized. Oops. I probably should have had that tattooed on my forearm so I would see it everyday. I do feel like we are more organized than this time last year...but still have a long way to go to be where I would like to be on that. Baby steps. Baby steps.

So...on to next year.

one word: encapsulate the year 2011 in one word. explain why you’re choosing that word. now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2012 for you?

2011 - BLESSED!
When I look back on this year, I am overwhelmed with how blessed we were/are. Visiting Cambodia changed my outlook on a lot of things and I realized that even when things seem kinda crappy, we are still leading lives that are so very blessed. We have excellent health, and a God that heals; Great jobs, and a God that blessed our finances; Amazing friends, family, church, home, and well, lives. We are blessed and I hope we have adequately thanked God for those blessings.

In 2012, I want to simplify a lot of areas, including our home and how we spend our time. I think we need to simplify both our relationships with God and each other. We have made things much harder than they need to be. We don't need the perfect Bible Study to grow in our relationship with God, we just need to simply get back to daily spending time with Him. We don't need to plan expensive dates with each other or our kids, we just need to make intentional time to spend with them. So many things never get done because I am making them too difficult. I over think and over research things and could have just done it in the time I wasted. (Do you really need to look up 20 different ideas on organizing a closet or just get off your fanny and do it?) So this year my goal is to stop trying so hard and just do things. Somehow, people in the past lived just fine without the millions of gadgets we "must have" to get things done today and pinterest to show us a different way to use those gadgets. This year, I want to get back to the basics...in many areas.

How about you? What are your words? Reply in the comments or blog it and link me up so I can see.

Happy New Year!


  1. Love your post. I think simplicity is always something I try to achieve. I have tried to simplify our house, and how we do things, and what we buy. I'm going to make it a daily goal for this year. I also love simplifying our schedules. I know that can be hard, but when we find ourselves running in a million different directions, we can cut back on a few activities.

    My other motto this year is, Be Kind To Yourself. I've had a few people say I'm too hard on myself, and I think many of us are. So, I'd really like to paint that on an entire wall in our house, to see each day. :) I won't actually paint it, I'm just saying...

    Happy New Year.

  2. That entire first paragraph could describe us too - but I didn't even realize until I read that!

    We've also simplified things quite a bit. As you said, things are still busy - but not BUSY!

    I absolutely loved this post. It's inspired me in so many ways...I'm trying to become more organized and still trying to simplify our schedules, but it's difficult with two teenagers. They keep undoing all my work! LOL

    Happy 2012 to you and I hope we both are able to accomplish all of our goals!

  3. I've been trying to think of a word for 2012 and I'm pretty much stuck, lol. Definitely not BUSY though. I've had enough busy lately to last me a lifetime.


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