So last year I was encouraged by one of my “super motivational, what you gonna do about it to make change” friends to do this exercise called The Word of the Year.
After hearing his description of it and being in a rather blah place, knowing that I needed change, a slight push, and a swift kick in the behind, I was on board, and I grabbed hubby and made him get on the boat with me.
So we went through and did the exercise, picked our word(s) and went on all momentarily motivated rush that the new year was gonna be full of new and better and great and YES!
But I put the paperwork with THEE WORD in a drawer and I don’t know that I looked at it again throughout the year again. Actually yes I do know, I didn’t look at it one bit. Let’s be real.
So at the top of this year as I am scrolling through my feed reader and timelines seeing all the extra motivation and declarations of 2015 being the best year, I stumbled across this; As I read it, I thought how awesome that she actually was intentional in her word and that it worked for her and her hubby and the sense of accomplishment that must have gone along with it.
I commented and told her that and of my experience doing it but it not really working for me and so I opted not to do it.
But then I thought to myself….
“Why not go take a look at it” cause quite honestly I couldn’t even remember what my word was at that moment.
I pulled it out and looked at it and then it all came back…
But I was surprised when I scrolled through what I had wrote in the work sheets and almost floored when I saw that I had either made great progress or accomplished on 3 out of the four things that I wrote down that I wished to accomplish with embracing that word.
All I could say in that moment was “WOW!”
Last year’s word was FORGIVENESS; a really heavy word for me.
The fact that I had made such progress on those things just blew me away.it's never too late for a fresh start.... #selfimprovement Click To Tweet
So I decided that even though we are already into 2015 and halfway through January that it’s not too late to declare a word for THIS year… I mean the clock doesn’t strike 12 and then you no longer can work toward self-improvement and new beginnings right?
Truth be told you could select a word at any point in the year and just track yourself on it for one full year.
You really do have to put things out in the universe and let them unfold. God was at work on me and those things without me harping on them, waiting and watching the clock or even putting undue pressure on myself to meet the end of the year “deadline”.
I say God was at work, because I know that those things that I wrote down were in no way done on my own. They were matters of the heart and so they not only needed, but required God’s work for them to come to pass.Click To Tweet
So I have chosen my word for this year and wrote down some more things that I would like to see accomplished or changed in my life.
The word for this year is ORDER!
I desperately need order in my life right now! I think that getting some things in order for me will not only do what I imagine it to do, but will affect some other areas of my life in a major way also.
I am not sure what that looks like, but it’s just what I imagine.
This year I plan to not just stick my word in the drawer though. I am working on a way to incorporate the word in the places that I frequent often just so that I see it.
I love the idea that Emily had in hers where she put their words on a rock in a décor bowl they have and will annually add on to the accumulation of the words.
For me that is an unrealistic option as I don’t get to have cute décor like that out without my little toddler fingers getting hold to it… But I am working on the plan to make it visible and in plain sight.
I don’t plan to harp over the things I wrote down though about getting order in my life; I am sticking those in the drawer again… and letting God work on me, I know he heard me.
If you are interested in doing a word of the year, and no worries, it’s not too late, click here to download the info and work pages. Take your time going through them and reflect on what truly would make a difference for you.
I promise you won’t regret it!