Years ago, a friend told me about a practice of picking a new word to represent you through the upcoming year. Face it, resolutions are great for a few weeks and then our true nature breaks through and we revert back to our old habits. Ok, a few people stick with them, but the majority doesn’t.
I was one of those people. State your resolution, post how great you’re doing and then the topic suddenly stops coming up. That’s why I love picking a word to represent me. I honestly reflect on previous years. What has happened, how I handled things, who came into or left my life, etc.
All these words turned out to be extremely relative for the year they represent. With the new year only a few weeks away, it’s time to make the word selection that I will take into 2018. After careful consideration, the word I choose is,
In 2017, there have been new influences on how I view life. I have met some AMAZING people this year. I have received tremendous support. I have reflected on my life, up to this point and time. What does it come down to? Living a simple life. I have everything I need (except a cure).
Life really doesn’t need to be as complicated as we make it. I am as guilty of this as the next person. Simplifying how I choose to live will help declutter my mind and my life. A better devotion to Christ, realizing how important family is, having friends that support you are simple ways to have a very rich life.
There you have it: A SIMPLE recipe for the upcoming year.
Will you join me in selecting a word instead of making a resolution that you may or may not see through? Please comment with your word if this inspires you to follow suit.
I was standing at the sink, cleaning up after tonight’s dinner and realized that it will be a year, this month, that I created the Pink Herald blog. I never expected over 150 followers, to my somewhat sporadic writing. I never expected to find such comfort and peace in sharing my random tid-bits. Let’s not forget how much cheaper blogging is to therapy. While, at times, I have sat at the kitchen table, tears streaming down my face as I told my stories, it’s been such a blessing.
Even though my life is still somewhat chaotic, I am more content and comforted by how this past year has played out. While my only surviving sister and I have cut ties, I am ok with it. I have rejoined the local Blue Star Mothers chapter and even was elected back to the board as Vice President. My lil miss and I found a local homeschool group that was so supportive and enlightening. We’re still part of that group, even though we recently made the decision to send my daughter to a private, Christian school. She’s LOVING it by the way.
I have found a church to call home. I am now assisting them in the social media realm and have recently been asked to take over the bi-weekly newsletter, while a fellow church member is recovering from cancer. I was honored to be asked.
We got new neighbors and they are a breath of fresh air. They are outgoing, kind and we’re becoming good friends. Our girls all get along and I feel safe with my daughter playing at their house. I never worry when she’s there. Folks just aren’t that neighborly in cities anymore. I miss that and I’m glad we have the opportunity to get to know each other.
My proudest accomplishment this year is the birth of The Kathi Cares Program; in my sister’s honor. If you missed what the program is about, you can read all about it here. Since coming up with idea and sharing it, a local massage therapist has offered to give gift certificates for the cancer patients. My close and very inspirational friend, has already donated $25 and I can purchase my first gift card for this December’s recipient. I even have a PayPal account established in order to help secure donations. I will work to grow this program into an inspiring, community-based, non-profit.
I have read some truly wonderful, funny, tearful blogs in the last year. I thank all those who take the time to put their thoughts into words. I appreciate those who find my blog worthy of following.
Here’s to another adventures year, while tip-tapping on my laptop to put my my brain dictates what shall be in written form.
You may or may not have read that I choose to select a word to represent me throughout the new year. My word for 2015 is genesis. I must have selected well, because yesterday on a popular writing site, that I was part of, made an announcement that cemented my decision to have my own blog. It was obviously the right time and place for this to happen, so this is one of my beginnings in store for me for 2015.
I admit, I am not the most website-oriented writer that ever lived. Heck, I’m still getting my feet wet in regards to writing on a consistent basis. Taking the premise of “genesis”, this new blog is like a baby. I have hopes that by the end of 2015, my “baby” will have grown into a toddler and will continue to grow in stages as we get to know each other.
There will be a multitude of firsts as I learn to navigate my blog. Seeing as my “baby” was only born a few days ago, I think I’m doing good so far. I’ve changed and fed this little one and there has already been some growth. I am excited to see how much she will change in the upcoming year and to see how much I will have learned in the process.
So welcome to the year 2015. May it be prosperous, comforting and hopefully not too challenging as the next twelve months are sure to pass quickly.