2013 was a pretty fantastic year for us. We moved to Colorado and embraced our new lifestyle with gusto. We experienced things that we never thought we would and we explored lots of new places. My words for 2013 were Risk, Nurture, and Move. I think that I did a pretty good job of trying to use those words to live intentionally.
It is my hope that 2014 is as good, if not better, than 2013. In 2014, I am going to concentrate on the words Patience, Shine, and Surrender.
This is something that I have never had much of. I lose patience with things and people too quickly and occasionally I will say or do something that I am not proud of out of my lack of patience. I hope to have more patience with my family and the people surrounding me. I hope to have patience when something breaks and I hope to keep my temper under control.
Social media can be a wonderful thing. It has given the everyman a voice. It can also be an awful thing. It has given the everyman a voice. I love logging on to Facebook or Instagram to see what my friends and colleagues have been up to. It is an easy way to keep in touch and keep updated on the happenings in our world. It is also a dark place filled with ugliness and sadness. It is my hope to shine a light of happiness and kindness. I want to make sure that I keep my cheery disposition and not let other people or things bring me down. Instead, I hope to help lift others this year. In that same token, I plan to shut down the computer as often as I can from the point the kids get home until they go to bed. I tried to do this during 2013, but I was not always successful. I would log in quickly to check on school work or Facebook when they went outside to play or I would look at my phone as we sat at the doctor’s office. I will continue to make an effort to step away from the computer and all things Social Media when my children are home.
This means a number of things for me. In my relationship with my children, I am going to try to remember that I don’t always have to have the last word. In travels, I am going to remember to say yes more and surrender myself to activities that scare me or that I might have avoided in the past. I plan to surrender myself and release control of things that I don’t need to control. This one is probably going to be the hardest for me.
What is your word for 2014?