For those of you who have been following my blog for a wee while you may recall a post I wrote last year on my decision to throw away making New Years resolutions (which I never really followed through on) and to instead choose one word to shape my year.
My word for 2016 was ‘purposeful’. Here is a small snippet of what I wrote in that post:
“Purposeful means ‘having clear aim or purpose’. After brainstorming all the things I want to work on and develop in myself this word stood out as the one which tied them all together. I want to be purposeful in the way I develop meaningful connections with others. I want to make purposeful choices about what I invest my time in, celebrating the simple moments by slowing down and being present rather than rushing and constantly being ‘busy’. I want to focus on being authentic and real which comes from a deeper understanding of my purpose in God and understanding my gifts and personal area of influence. I want to be purposeful in how I care for myself and those around me.”
In the last days of December I found myself reflecting on the year that has been. I am happy to say that I feel I have lived with purpose, I know I have made purposeful choices, connections, and been more purposeful about how I have spent my time. Of course there are always things I could have done better, but overall I am really excited to see that choosing that one word at the start of January 2016 has positively influenced the way in which I have lived this past year. 2016 has bought with it joy, special memories as well as challenges and hard times, however I am so thankful that throughout it all I have been able to live with purpose and having this word as my focus has really helped this.
Would I recommend choosing one word instead of often making numerous New Years Resolutions? Absolutely! For me personally this has worked so well. If you are interested in learning more about One Word 365 check it out through this link.
I really love the freshness and the hope that a new year brings. There is a sense of a new beginning, a chance to wipe the slate clean. No matter what has happened in the past year (and for so many I know it has been a tough year) it is time to leave that behind and move forward into what this new year holds.
My word for 2017 is ‘Flourish‘. I love the meaning of this word which is ‘to grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a particularly favourable environment’.
I don’t know what lies ahead in this coming year but I know that I intend to flourish in all aspects of my life. I plan to be intentional about the environments I am part of and am creating around myself. I want to see more growth in the way I pursue, follow and share my passions and giftings. This year is going to be full of growth, new adventures and many blessings I am sure!
I am confident that the best is yet to come, 2017 I am ready for you!