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my one word for 2015

my one word for 2015

This year, I think I’ll take Natalie’s lead and choose one word to represent my hopes and goals for 2015.  And since the moment I considered the idea, I’ve heard my word echoing from the mountaintops (of Illinois??) – “be present“.

present, adjective: not past or future; existing now

Being present is something I’ve struggled with for pretty much always.  I’m a worrier, and a planner, and a stress-outer.  During work, I’m making notes about how I want to (re)decorate the house.  During meals I’m mentally already clearing the table.  During crafty projects, I’m thinking about how good it will feel to finish.  But I never seem to be right here, right now.  This year, that changes.

my one word for 2015

I will say yes to today and enjoy it for what it is.  (And stop focusing on what it’s not.)

I will invest in relationship – with my husband, with (new) friends, and with God.  This is hard – dependence, vulnerability, turning off that performance mentality.  But I’m in.

I will learn to be grateful for the process – each stitch of a knitting project, my time at the gym, each page of a book – rather than just focusing on the finish line.

my one word for 2015

I think part of my inability to be present stems from disorganization.  I’m committing to doing 15 minutes of preparation for the next day before bed each night with this printable.  It helps me to get everything in one place and stop worrying about what I’m forgetting.  I’m seeing that the most important parts of the planning, for me, are

  1. setting three top priorities:  I’m learning that my to-do list will always hold more than I can accomplish in one day, so setting a few things above the rest helps me focus and feel accomplished;
  2. deciding on some things that can wait until tomorrow: This is powerful stuff – telling myself that these things don’t have to take up space or time today.  Plus, this helps me think forward to what the next day’s to-do list might contain; and
  3. leaving room for my mind to wander, but keeping a handle on it: So my brain is a little bit of a jungle, full of ideas and whims that I can runaway with, accidentally leaving my real life behind, for like, hours.  So, new rule: Write down the things in a list.  Immediately resume working/listening to sermon/driving/eating sushi.  Revisit jumbled, crazy list of random thoughts at a later date and attempt to decipher.

So.  Here’s to being here – being present.

What is your word for this year?  Let me know in the comments!

And check out Natalie’s post about her word for 2015 here.

January 1, 2015 - 5:53 pm

Olga | teamconfetti - I’m so glad that the to do list helps you organise so well! Such a funny idea that someone on the other side of the planet is using it. 🙂
Have a great new year!

January 1, 2015 - 6:15 pm

hhawkins2012@gmail.com - Olga – It’s wonderful! Thank you so much for creating it! 🙂 Happy new year!

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Hope for the Future

Hope for the Future‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.’  –  Jeremiah 29:11

It’s been one of those seasons – where life happens; and life’s not fair; and it’s a huge, crushing blow.  Where you crawl back home, and ask all the why’s, and realize that tomorrow suddenly looks starkly different from how it looked before.  And I’ll say that it doesn’t necessarily bring out the best in us – okay, maybe it brings out the worst – the pride, the jealousy, the snarkiness.  It’s easy in these moments to venture far too close to hopelessness.

But no.  My God – who I’ve put aside, and pushed past, and defied – He says that we are never hopeless.  And I get it.  It’s hard to make that a part of our reality during these difficult seasons.  Putting all of our effort into the happy face and the cheery demeanor – that’s not the point.  The point is to hold on to God who brings light into darkness, hope to the hopeless, and rest to the weary – nothing else is enough.

Have I missed it the whole time?  Every year?  This advent, we’ve walked through Jesus’ family tree.  And God’s spelling it out for me.  In every step of His story, otherwise hopeless people are handed a leading role.  I mean, seriously:

+ Noah – one of the only people left on Earth, floating in a giant homemade boat
+ Sarah & Abraham – elderly, childless, & supposed to be the beginning of a great nation
+ Joseph – sold into slavery by his own brothers
+ Moses – couldn’t speak well, ordered to demand the release of his people from slavery in Egypt
+ Rahab – a prostitute in a city that God ordered His people to destroy
+ Naomi – lost her husband and sons after being forced away from her homeland by famine

…should I go on?  These are the people God chose to prepare the way for Christ.  I think He’s making a point.  And it’s not like this realization makes the hurt go away or resolves all the questions.  But it does remind me that there’s more to the story.  There’s hope.

 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.
-Romans 8:28

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{this moment}* ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

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