Last year, my One Little Word was "Fearless". Learned a lot. Really. Here's my little journal at the end of the year:
There are quotes, song lyrics, sermon notes, Bible verses, journaling, etc...
You can read more about my how and why of Fearless at my January post last year here.
Just FYI- the one little word concept was developed by Ali Edwards. This is my 4th year doing it, but I don't do it in scrapbook form like her. I more or less use it to journal and narrow down one thing to help me/motivate me/make progress on during the year.
So this year is Focus:
My word from this year came from the desire I have to do certain things. Things that I've always wanted to do, and go in and out of doing, but don't stick to. Things like exercise, keep to a cleaning schedule, etc... I also wanted to focus on spiritual disciplines this year.
My thought was that if I focus on one habit and one discipline at a time, maybe I could make some great headway into these. I know I won't have things perfect at the end of the year, but I think this will help. Just want progress. I need to block out all the things clamouring for my focus, and pick one per month to make a habit out of (or in the case of the spiritual disciplines, learn more about and practice).
I made a schedule for the year and put it in the front of my journal. I reserve the right to change the order of any items at any time. ;)
So right now, in January, I'm studying the spiritual discipline of solitude, and focusing on the habit of exercising. On the solitude I'm learning a lot and practice has been valuable. On exercise, not so great.
For exercise I was doing well for a while last summer, but I used to run with my dog, who then died. I haven't kept up since then. My husband got me some pepper spray for my stocking at Christmas so I realy need to get back on it. This week, I swear. ;)
Also to note, some of my habits will overlap a bit. That's ok, it just gives me extra time and focus on those items. And those items tend to be more important too, hence the reason they have fingers in several categories. I'll explain these a bit more each month as I get to them.
Here's my plan for the year:
Janaury - exercise - just movement at least 6 days a week, even if it's a small thing. There are so many benefits to exercise, even if you are already skinny. It's worth it.
February- home care (house routine and cleaning routine)
March- schedule and sleep (they go hand in hand to me, and schedule will overlap a bit with Feb)
April- food (healthy and schedule (freezer cooking, etc...) overlaps a bit with March)
May- Scrapbooking a lay out a week - in addition to my Project Life I started this year. I enjoy scrapbooking and see a lot of emotional benefits to doing it and having pages for my family to look through. I want to give it some focus.
June- Playing with kids - really playing with them every day. I chose June for this because it's when school gets out, perfect.
July- Energy - getting it through sleep, food, etc... overlaps with other months
August- Enouraging family - I used to do this naturally, but I've struggled with it since I had PPD.
September- Work schedule/routine - I plan on doing some of this throughout the year, but in September my youngest will be in preschool for two half days a week. I want to work more then, but not while sacrificing all the things I've built with my family.
October- Showing love and patience- again, in and out of these for the past few years.
November- finishing unfinished house projects- not really a habit here, just want to do it. Maybe if I focus on it it'll get done. ;)
December - mental focus - I've had trouble concentrating since I've had kids. Hate it. Makes me feel like an air head. I'll be researching and working on building this back up. Although I'm sure that working on getting the right amount of sleep and healthy food will also help.
Spiritual Disciplines: (Note- this is not an exhaustive list of discplines. Once I knew I wanted to do this I researched a lot and decided on these for my personal growth)
February- prayer and fasting
April- service/secrecy (not in a weird cult way, but in a serve without bringing attention to yourself kind of a way)
August- frugality/simplicity/sabbath (I thought sabbath would fit well with simplicity)
BTW- the quote inside the beginning of my journal is one I found on Pinterest and altered. It says (with my alterations):
One day you're going to wake up and notice that you should have tried. It was worth the fight.
These things I'm focusing on are all important to me, and I want to fight to incorporate them into my life. I don't want to wake up some day and think that I should have tried harder to make my life the way I wanted.