I asked you recently if you made any resolutions for the New Year and many of you said that they were too challenging to keep with all of the other things going on in life. After perusing blog land over the last few weeks I have found that instead of resolutions and declarations many people are choosing a word, one word to define their goals or resolutions for the year.
Layla at The Lettered Cottage has invited people to chose a word or perhaps a few words that will inspire and create intention in your life for the next year.
After looking back on my affirmations I chose the word.
I challenge myself to try to simplify things in my life, by cleansing my house and my life of things that weigh me down. After all, does one need a closet full of clothes that they do not wear, or books everywhere that they have read and should pass along? Does one have to keep every magazine they own thinking that they will go back and reread the folded pages?
I challenge myself to speak less and listen more instead of jumping in and offering advice and what I think are solutions to other peoples issues and problems.
I challenge myself to try to do one new thing a week that is out of my comfort zone; learning to sew, or a new program on the computer, reading books from new genres or being open to trying new recipes and foods that I normally would not eat (lots of things on Pinterest). I am going to do more things that bring me joy!
I challenge myself to live with more gratitude. Life hands us challenges everyday; sometimes I tend to focus on those issues and problems and let them overtake my life. This year I plan to focus on the great parts of life and to count my blessing more often.
What about you? Do you have a word for the year? If so, join Layla at the Lettered Cottage today and declare your intention for the New Year.
On a different note, what did you think about Downton Abbey? I loved it and cannot wait until next Sunday.
Have a happy Monday and a great week!