A fresh beginning.
A chance to change.
An opportunity to renew.
About this time of year is when many people feel.....
...anticipation for what is to come and the dreams still need to be reached.
...regret for things that weren't accomplished or fulfilled the way they were imagined.
...pressure to make resolutions as the turn of the New Year appears to be a point for starting over.
Recently I've read many posts on Twitter with the #oneword or #oneword2015 hashtags with tweets about leaving New Year's resolutions behind in favor of choosing a word to focus on for the year.
It's a new encounter.
A word to guide.
A word to ponder.
An inspiring phrase.
Why one word?
This tweet from Jon Gordon sums it up for me:
9 of 10 people will fail with their resolutions. 1/2 will fail by end of January. Pick #oneword instead and let it inspire you all year.
— Jon Gordon (@JonGordon11) December 28, 2014
I did not pick a word for 2014, but if I had, it would have been "inspire." In fact, it was a word I was considering for my #oneword for 2015. The word, "inspire" was even the topic of my very first blog post last May. It was also the words engraved on my new necklace and the metal wall hanging my husband bought me for Christmas. It sums up the mission I had in 2014 ~ to inspire my students and be inspired by others to be the best I could be.
So now as I wake up to a new year and a new outlook, I can carefully consider a word to guide me and inspire me through what will be, hopefully, an amazing 2015 year.
I can with all honesty say that I thought this one through for many days. And I acknowledge that without God, the ultimate Creator, I cannot create anything to happen that is not meant to be. But I do believe this word was placed on my heart because of these things I know that He can create in my life~
...in my career, family, relationships, use of time, and focus of energy.
...for my students, myself, and my family.
...to draw from many sources and to radiate to others.
...to devote to my faith, family, and friends.
...for better health and mindset.
...to hold me accountable and to connect me to those that will help me grow.
...to both the little things and the big things that are obstacles every day.
As I make my way through the next year, my hope is to focus on how new ideas, opportunities, and changes can create the best of myself to shine through.
What is your #oneword to guide you this year? How will you keep that in focus? How will you let that inspire you instead of overpower you?
For me, it starts with visibility ~
~ finding verses, quotes, and images to keep the word in my mind and heart.
~ putting this word where I will see it often (my phone, mirror, desk, car, profile, blog...)
Here's to celebrating a New Year that will be created one moment at a time.