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As I mentioned in my Friday's Letter post earlier today, I'm choosing one word to apply to my life for 2013. This is the third year I've done it and I LOVE this concept.
A bit of history, I chose "Appreciation" in 2011 and this really impacted my life. I began a Thankful Journal, that I still keep up-to-date today. I showed friends and strangers alike that I valued them and appreciated them through small acts - a smile, a positive comment, a note. I really loved this word and what it did for me.
In 2012, I wanted to choose "Create" but felt I wouldn't have time to apply this in a very busy year. So I chose "Breathe," which I didn't do at all. 2012 was a rough one. And yet, I should have stuck with "Create" because I started my online Etsy store in the midst of the craziness!
This year, I feel really good about my word. Simplify. This has been lying heavily on me - the excess and waste, the drama and out-of-whack priorities. I'm disappointed in where my life is and where we are as a society. I can't change but one of those - so it starts with me. :) I'm already wanting to clean out my house, have a huge yard sale and find something positive to do with the money raised. I'm tired of buying buying buying all this crap that is so disposable. I want quality, necessary, long-lasting things that are what I NEED, not just what I want.
Simplify, my friends. Focus on the people I love and the time I have with them today. Focus on my needs, my health, my talents and hobbies. Pray. Lots of praying and asking God to show me what this one little word can do for my life. I'm ready to push back from materialism and open my heart to things money can't buy.
So this is my one little word for 2013. If you get into this, I hope you'll share yours and the reason behind it. I love hearing things like that. :) And hopefully you'll keep me accountable on how my word is going!