It’s that time of year, reflection on the year past and looking forward to the year ahead. I haven’t been blogging much, because I honestly didn’t feel like I had much to say….that is constantly changing so let’s talk about RESOLUTIONS!
New Year’s Eve is right around the corner… some are at work eagerly anticipating another day or two off. Others are eagerly preparing for the festivities or maybe even starting to celebrate. Somewhere in the midst of all of the craziness, there is always the talk of New Year’s Resolutions, right? Most pick a resolution by a problem that has plagued them (sometimes for years) and vow to change it. How has that worked for you?
Doing away with resolutions and embracing ONE WORD began in 2013 for me when my then DS Director challenged us to pick a word….
My 2013 word was FAITH: Faith to believe when the way is rough and faith to hang on when the going is tough will never fail to pull us through and bring us strength and comfort too. Helen Steiner Rice. “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” Matthew 17:20
FAITH helped me when business was slow. FAITH helped me to step outside my comfort zone. FAITH helped me to stay on track with Weight Watchers. FAITH helped me to overcome the doubt and fear. FAITH got me through as Rob suffered congestive heart failure. FAITH got me through when fear gripped my heart at the thought that I might lose him. FAITH kept me calm as I overcame my fear of dentists. My FAITH grew each day as I sought God’s guidance before I made major decisions in my personal and business life.
Over the next 10 years, here were my words:
2014 – EMRACE
2015 – CONFIDENCE
2016 – ACCOUNTABLE
2017 – INTENTIONAL
2018 – COURAGE
2019 – GRATITUDE
2022 – ACCEPTANCE
For 2020 and 2021, I can’t remember what they were and I can’t figure out my posts. It was life during COVID and moving to our forever house.
This “One Word” experiment moved me from the long list of changes to ONE WORD. It helped me to take all my big plans, narrow them down into a single focus and create a vision. When things got tough, when Doubtful Debbie and Negative Nellie visited; I went back to my ONE WORD and gained focus. It wasn’t always easy but it helped me. Notice I didn’t say resolutions, I said goals. I am prayed on my word for 2023 and God has nudged me in the direction I need to go. That ONE word will be my guide in my personal, and business life.
My word for 2023 is ABUNDANCE!
Abundance is defined as an appreciation of life in its fullness, joy and strength of mind, body and soul.
As 2023 kicks off with some health challenges, I will embrace a healthy mindset, practicing gratitude in EVERY situation. I know everything we go through is a blessing – a gift in one form or another. I have learned over the last 6 months about living abundantly. I have been blessed with a tribe of women who think and act abundantly. I have been blessed with Coach Ann being a part of my life – professionally and personally. She has taught me (and many others) that these things will kill abundance in my life: playing the victim, negativity, having a pity party, making excuses and blaming others. I will continue to eliminate these things in my life in 2023 so that I can live abundantly and share my abundance with those in my life!
What is your ONE WORD for 2023? Or are you still in the “resolution list” mode? Either way, share them with us.
Have a blessed day!