My word of the year last year was ‘balance.’ My main goal was to give up some of the items on the never-ending list of ‘good things’ in order to pursue the things that are truly the ‘best things.’ I aimed for less productivity, prioritizing sleep and exercise, and more playtime with my family.
Sometimes that went great (our five week family trip was great for extended ‘hang out time’).
And sometimes I totally botched it (I seem to be an expert at stretching myself too thin).
Honestly, the chance to start over, try again, put new things in place in effort to do better is my favorite part of the new year (paired with the reminder to reevaluate- love the built in chance to reflect).
And so my word of the year for 2013 is…
I want our home to be a comfy, cozy, warm, safe haven for my family and for other people. I want to spend time here, more time than we spent at home last year. I want to celebrate here, to play here, to grow here.
In order to make that happen, I’m going to try to-
1. Say “no” more. I mentioned above that I am great at stretching myself too thin, and that’s true. I think that will always be a struggle for me, but I want to actively work on growing in this area this year. You’ve probably noticed that I’ve scaled back my blog schedule from posting every day to only posting three or four times a week. I am going to continue this schedule in order to add more ‘margin’ into our family schedule. Adam and I are also going to have a little State of the Family meeting this month where we’re going to scrutinize our commitments and look for ways to scale back. I am really excited about the potential for a less crazy schedule (and home life)!
2. Finish up the projects we’ve started. A chaotic, under-construction space is not cozy nor haven-like. I am going to try to make a dent in the unfinished-ness by tackling a project a week for the whole year. Slow and steady, right?
3. Stay home more. Instead of following my busy-bee tendencies, always flitting here and there, I am trying to leave at least one day (M-F) each week where we don’t have any commitments. In my head, this translates into Lego marathons in the winter and family gardening in the summer- anything to be together, really. I only have a couple more years of ‘daytime hours’ with the Smooches and I hope to really take advantage of those in 2013.
It’s funny- I think that many times the “Word of the Year” exercise inspires lofty goals and motivation. And I feel like I am striving for just the opposite- less doing, less pursuing, less productivity, less projects. But I also feel like a focus on HOME is just the thing we need this year, and so I’m going to go with it.
Several of my sweet friends are also blogging their Words of the Year today- go check them out-
What about you? Have you ever done this before? Do you have a ‘word of the year’ for 2013?