Thursday, January 15, 2009

Let's have a word, shall we?

I'm sure you've seen on the various blogs that people are getting on Ali's bandwagon and choosing their word for the year. The purpose of this word is to serve in place of resolutions - which, let's face it are impossible to stick to all year long- whereas these words serve as positive affirmations of our goals and hopes for the coming year...much more do-able, don't you think!

I've chosen my word for this year to be believe because I need reminders that all the seeds that I've planted for my life will sprout if I believe. I blogged about my reasons for choosing this word here.

We want to know what your word for the year is and would love to hear the reasons you've chosen your word. Share your story in the comments section and at the end of the month, one of you will be chosen to win a gorgeous custom pendant created by the ever-talented Lynn at Oak Hill Designs. Below is a photo of my pendant - can I tell you how much I LOVE it- and she has a custom listing available for anyone who wants to order their own Word of the Year pendant. They're only $17!!! Holy COW! ~thanks a million, Lynn :)

You have until the end of January to leave a comment and the winner will be announced in early February once we've had a chance to read everyone's stories!


Lisa said...

My word for 2009 is 'Control'.

Last year everything was out of control. I was always so busy and everytime things seemed to be getting back on track something else would happen to mess it all up again.

My weight has always been a big issue for me and I seem to have no self control when it comes to food.

This is where my word comes in. I am going to take control. Make sure that I make time for myself and that things don't take over my life. There will be only one person who can do this and that is me.

Lisa x

Mahlin said...

My word is focus..
I need to focus on DH - I can not take him and his love for granted.
I need to focus on DS - time flies when they are this young.
I need to focus on ME - what do I want to do with my life?

and so on. I need FOCUS!

Sheila said...

My word for this year is FOCUS. Life has been such a blur and I need to pay attention to many things like family, health, house, life in general. Part of that is focusing on myself, too. I need to work on being deliberate in my actions and choices. Focus brings it all together.

Anonymous said...

my word is BALANCE.

I definitely need to balance things better,
between my family, work and my hobby, there's not a whole lot of time left for "quiet me time:

So BALANCE is definitely the word for this YEAR!

Laurie said...

I'm going to offer "chill" in, don't sweat the small stuff. I waste far too much time worrying about things I can't control.

Sweet Marie said...

My word is BALANCE. I'm a new mom and just begun a new job and I definitely need to learn the balance between my work, my son and hubby and not to forget myself in the process. So this is gonna the year of balance for me.

Cassie said...

My word in Serenity. I have to figure out how to live that word. I feel like I have to save everyone and fix the world.

Tania said...

ok, ok, Vanessa, ya got me hooked in. I guess I really do have a word that I have already started to put into affect. :p

My word is simplify.

I have started to use more and more simple products in my home to clean because there is less harm in them and they are a greener alternative. Then I started looking at my entire life and realized my entire life needs to be simplified, and that in turn will bring more happiness. No more competition, no more things I don't really NEED, (except the odd scrap supplies and book ;), just no more (this will eventually include the girls and their activities maybe, if that's what they might want)and so there you have it,

simplify :)

strent said...

Oddly enough, my word is also BELIEVE. The past 2 1/2 years have been difficult to the extreme: divorce, custody battle, court. But everything is finalized and I BELIEVE in the future, in the goodness of people, in the love of my family and friends, and I BELIEVE in happiness.

Thanks for this opportunity and the chance to share my word with you!!!

Patricia said...

My word is RELAX.

RELAX, everything is ok.
RELAX, everything will be ok.
RELAX and enjoy some family time...the dishes can wait.
RELAX and pamper myself.
RELAX and have a better sleep.
RELAX, breathe, laugh!

Happy New Year ladies!

Kirsten said...

I chose my word after reading Ali's challenge it came to me just out of the blue.

UNFOLD - I want 2009 to be the year that I really do something about all the ideas I have stored for the past year but not got around to do. There are wast amounts of them - and they multiply like bunnies - lol.

Great of you to carry out this challenge!

Jennifer said...

I had heard about Ali's word of the year, but didn't think much about it till I read about it again. The work "Live" popped into my head first... and I think thats a sign.

I need to Live more... in live, love, home, family. Mostly "to direct or regulate one's life"

Thanks for the push!


Jacqueline said...

My word also would be Believe,

After a difficult year having a Post Partum Depression I have to believe in myself again.
Believe in me as a mom, as a future wife, believe that I can fully recover from this difficult time and find some closure this year!


Lori said...

what a great idea and gorgeous giveaway!
My word for 2009 is NOW!
Live NOW
Love NOW
living in the moment, not worrying about the past, not waiting for ________ to happen or until I lose weight, or until I find a significant other......
NOW! the time is NOW! :)

jennie said...

I have been thinking about the word SOAR. I am a SAHM, don't do much of anything for me, but I have some ideas and plans brewing in my brain. If I build up some courage, and spread my wings a bit, I do think some of these dreams will come true and I will really soar this year.

Just need a litle push;)

Nikki Love said...

My 2009 word is Heal. I've already scrapped my LO about it:

I chose "Heal" because in 2008 I:
*broke my foot
*had to have gall bladder surgery
*lost my adored MIL to brain cancer (which started out in the breast)
*had a miscarriage
*had to have both my tubes removed in emergency surgery

(The last two happened on graduation day from the Police Academy. I didn't get to walk on stage but they did mail me my diploma.)

I'm hoping to heal in 2009 and praying for a better year.

McMGrad89 said...

1. Training expected to produce a specific character or pattern of behavior, especially training that produces moral or mental improvement.
2. Controlled behavior resulting from disciplinary training; self-control.
3. Control obtained by enforcing compliance or order.
4. A systematic method to obtain obedience.
5. Discipline aims at the removal of bad habits and the substitution of good ones, especially those of order, regularity, and obedience.
6. Training to act in accordance with established rules; accustoming to systematic and regular action; drill.

How does that fit into my life?
Definitions 1-4 are more in fitting with my daily life at school, but I am currently working on definition #5 - removing bad habits and substituting them with good ones.

The bad habits are numerous and include:

* Drive Thru Restaurants
* Sweet tea
* Internet Usage
* Couch Potato Lifestyle
* Procrastinating
* Spending Money
* Staying up late

The good habits I would like to replace them with:

* Cooking at least 5 days a week
* Drinking Water
* Exercise
* Reading books
* Playing with my children
* Sticking to my plans
* Saving Money
* Go to bed no later than 10 p.m. on weekdays

Sorry that was so long.

Annemarie (Mommyvictory)

mary h. said...

My word(s) is Relax and Enjoy:

I am too anal about so many things. My goal this year is to RELAX about all those things that get me so upset and to ENJOY life so much that I don't miss the little things.

Jodi said...

My word is also 'Believe.'

I've been strengthening my relationship with God, and part of that is believing in His plan for me, and for our unborn baby. I've been having complications since mid-December, and have been on bed rest since that time. There have been some difficult days, don't get me wrong, but overall I believe in positive thinking, that things will work out, and in God's plan.

Love this gentle reminder in a necklace!

Shelly said...

My word for 2009 is "Simplify". I am on a quest to remove all unneeded clutter from my house-ALL OF IT! I've spent a lot of time already removing and throwing away-here's the rule: One in one out.

My family isn't on the band wagon yet (perhaps never). Clutter and unused items are getting donated, sold on Craig's list, given away to a home that can use it. I am not buying anything I don't have a purpose for right now. It has been hard already-the kids caught me buying some scrapbooking stuff and asked what I would be giving up in exchange for bringing the new "stuff" in...tricky.

Crystal said...

My word for this year is "recovery".. I have so much to work on and so many things to recover from last year.. Im trying so hard to get over my food addiction without a gastric bypass.. I just know it wouild be something that would take a bad toll on me. I dont do well with surgery. So recovery is my word I need to recover from my food addiction much as a Alcholic recovers from alcholism
One day at a time...

Chris said...

My word is REALIZE. Most of us, including me, use it incorrectly. What it means is to make something real; that is, to create something physical from that which was just an idea or wish. My mind is full of ideas and wishes - I just have to do something about them.

Michelle said...

My word for 2009 is the same as my word for 2008 - breathe

Things are going to get very crazy any day now and I want to make sure that I take a deep breath to keep it all together. Thanks for reminding me to think about this!

PS - Gorgeous necklace, I added Lynn's shop to my etsy faves.

Carol said...

my word is appreciate

i have a lot of good things going for me and i need to be able to just appreciate it. i need to let go of the little things and focus on the good that's happening in my life. i'm lucky to have the life i have and i don't show enough appreciation. so that's my word for 2009.

ladyleif said...

My word? "Imagine". Imagine the possibilities of this new year. Imagine a fresh idea,a dream,a life-long wish. Imagine the world at peace...citizens giving to their communities...service-minded school children,a melting pot of human ancestry,a new,cleaner, brighter, green and healed earth. Imagine love,forgiveness,inner beauty the start of something magickal! My hope is that we can all imagine these wonderful things..and much more!
~Lady Leif

SunFrog Originals said...

My word for this year is beleive! I believe that things will get husband has lost his job, my cancer is rearing it's ugly head again, we may end up losing everything...but I BELIEVE it will all work out! God works in mysterious ways. He must, once again, be trying to get my attention...sometimes life gets in the way of the imporant blessings we all have: friends, family, faith. Ok God, I'm listening!

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