Thursday, January 13, 2011

2011 Word of the Year to Live By

HAPPY (belated) NEW YEARS!

"A single word can be a powerful thing. It can be the ripple in the pond that changes everything"

For the past couple of years I have seen people follow the tradition of focusing their year on one little word. One word that you pick out each January – a word that you can focus on, mediate on, and reflect upon as you go about you daily life. I liked this idea since I have a hard time setting New Years Resolutions and sticking to them!

 I really WISH I were one of those women who set goals at the beginning of each year with a clear plan of how to accomplish each item with a spot to place a check next to it once it's been completed, but sadly, I am not. I am the type of woman who says, "I am going to stop eating sugar for the next 3 months," but after 3 hours sees a tasty looking piece of cake and forgets all about my new resolution because the frosting had toasted coconut on the top so how could I resist?! 
Sad but so true.

So, the idea of having to focus my year on ONE word was very enticing to me because it doesn't have sharp corners, strict boundaries and definite outcomes, it can mean whatever I want it to mean which = I can't mess it up right?

After some thought over a cup of tea late at night last week I finally settled on my word for 2011. I choose the word SEEK. It just seemed appropriate. I know it's sort of an odd word to choose but it just popped up in so many areas of my life that when I finally settled on it the word seemed to kick off it's shoes and nestle on the couch in my heart so I knew it was the right choice for me.

SEEK:  "To try to get or reach, to try to locate or discover; to search for. To endeavor to obtain or reach. To go to or toward: To inquire for; request: seek direction, to try to endeavor: seek to do good, to explore."

In 2011 I want to...
Seek... new adventures of any and every kind.
Seek... a closer relationship with my Heavenly Father.
Seek... opportunities for new friendships.
Seek... travel adventures and new cultures.
Seek... to make my Book Club a place of comfort and friendship.
Seek... to excel in my Young Women's calling.
Seek... a closer bond with my family.
Seek... to become a mother.
Seek... more "date time" with my Husband.
Seek... to read at least 30 books.
Seek... to be less selfish and more giving.
Seek... to learn...and never stop.
Seek... to make my home complete.
Seek... a new job.
Seek.. to never stop seeking...

So many possibilities and so little time!

I ordered this necklace so that from now on when I wear it, it will remind me to:
 Seek after the things I want, to seek my Heavenly Father at all times, to always Seek the good in others, to Seek knowledge and opportunity, to Seek new possibilities and adventures and to Seek after the Kelly I hid away years ago.
I lost her for a time but I'm determined to seek her out and bring her back for good.

Do you have a word of the year?
 If so, I'd love to hear about it! :)


Emily said...

Yea! So glad to hear someone else is doing this. You've chosen an awesome word... Funny how it picks you, isn't? Keep posting on everything. Love ya!

The Winkels said...

I love this so much Kelly! I'm totally going to pick MY word for the year! What a beautiful idea!

Markelle said...

I especially like "seek the good in others" thanks for the inspiration! I really enjoy getting to know you better.

megan b. said...

I love this idea! I may need to copy you. And your word is awesome and perfect! good luck!