Monday, January 2, 2012

My Word

I don’t make resolutions. Mostly, because I know I won’t keep them.

I won’t lose 15 pounds this year.
I won’t eat healthier.
I won’t drink less coffee.
I won’t exercise more.
I won’t go to bed earlier.
I won’t read a certain number of books.
I (definitely) won’t take up running.

I sound horribly undisciplined. I prefer ‘realistic’.

Last year I saw a lot of people choosing a word for the year. Now that, I can do. One word to focus on, instead of lots of unrealistic goals? Yes, please. My word last year was “intentional”.
The definition of intention is “a determination to act in a certain way”.
My desire was to be more intentional about how I spent my time, more intentional about the words I wrote, and the words I spoke. More intentional in every aspect of my life. While I can’t say that I applied this 100% of the time, it was on my mind often, to stop and think about how I wanted to spend my day. What I wanted to get out of my time with my children, my time with my husband, my alone time. How did I want others to take the words that were coming out of my mouth? What impression did I want to leave? Intentional. In all things. It’s a word that I will carry with me, even though 2011 has come to a close. I will always be learning and growing and trying to be more intentional.

I have not chosen a word for this year yet. I'm still thinking it over, waiting for a word that feels right, the way intentional felt right. The way I knew it was the word for me, for 2011. 

How about you? Do you make resolutions? If so, do you keep them? Or did you choose a word for 2012?



  1. ummmm i love this. i don't make resolutions either. total waste of time. but a word to live by? i love that. xo

  2. I like using a word. That's a great idea. This year my resolution is to let go and trust in Him... oh and to start blogging again ;)
    Happy New Year!!

  3. I make resolutions, but I don't necessarily do a great job following through with them...but I still make them. :) If I had to choose one word for the year, it would be GRACE. I need it.

  4. I don't do resolutions either. But I do choose a word (or let it choose me) this year my word is Nurture. :)

  5. This year i created a 'love list' and chose the word Illuminate. :) (shared about both on my blog)

  6. awesome way of putting it! resolutions seem so permanent and leave a lot of room for failure. i like to set goals. they leave room for error. if you don't reach said goal(s) you can always strive to reach them in the future.

  7. i love the "word of the year" idea, and this year, i chose "awaken." my soul needs to be moved; i need to get up and feel alive. the resolutions/goals i've made go along with that overall theme, and i can feel myself being more intentional. after all, one word is far easier to remember than a whole list of resolutions! :) good luck in choosing your word for the year. i'm sure it will come to you just when you need it.

  8. I love that you're realistic! :)

    I've thought about picking a word of the year, but I haven't come up with anything yet.