Tonight at the stroke of midnight 2018 will be the past and a new year will begin. A fresh start stretches out before us. 365 days to be better, do more, and live life to the fullest. I have to admit I have never been big on New Year resolutions and have only ever kept one, to not eat pineapple for a whole year. Don’t ask! But I learned of something that is a little different and I was all about it. Choosing a word for your year. There are a couple reasons why I was so excited for this. One, I love words and I think words are powerful. Two, it just so happens that two words started me on this whole journey of writing a blog. Three, I didn’t feel like picking a word a for my year was a set up for failure like that time I made a resolution to get a six pack by the summer. So, I decided that I was going to pick a word for 2019 and then I decided I am picking a couple words. Without going into a very extensive explanation of my whole plan for my life, blog, and year I will just say I have a plan and I need to pick multiple words.
But first, a little bit about 2018. Seriously, when I think of this time last year and see where I am at now it is nothing short of a miracle. Maybe from the outside I don’t look very different and even my life does not look very different, but believe me so much has changed. This year I learned so much about myself, some good and some not so good. I have grown as a person in my faith and how I feel about myself. I’ve started some crazy projects I never thought I would do. I have been stretched as a mom and realized how much I am capable of. I have fallen in love with my husband a hundred times. All in all it has been a good year, but I am thinking 2019 is going to be even better.
When I started thinking of what my word would be I realized that I wear so many hats. Christian, Wife, Mother, Crafter, Blogger, Friend, Daughter, Sister, and you know whatever else happens to pop up. In each area of my life there are things I know I need to work on and grow in. So I decided to choose some of those “hats” and choose my words that way. The “hats” I chose are, drum roll please….. Christian, Wife, Mother. Yes, I know I picked the obvious ones. I will also pick a general word that covers every area and would be considered my WORD OF THE YEAR.
So, here it goes, my words for the year.
My WORD OF THE YEAR is JOY!
So, this word is really important to me and was kind of my word for half of last year. But, this year I want to be more intentional about choosing Joy in every area and every situation. Also, I want to help others find their Joy as well!
Christian Word of the Year is INTENTIONAL.
This year I want to be more intentional about my relationship with Christ. By studying His word and spending time with Him. Also. I want to be intentional with sharing His word with friends, family, and especially my son.
Wife word of the Year is SELFLESS.
This might be the hardest one. To be selfless is not what the flesh wants to do, but I believe it is very much how God wants us to be. This year I am choosing to make my marriage a main priority because lets be honest that first year or so of having a baby can wear a marriage down. I want to be selfless when it comes to my husband, thinking of his needs before my own.
Mother word of the Year is PATIENCE.
My son will turn two in 2019. I feel like I could literally just stop with that sentence and every Mom in unison would say, Amen! These last couple months my husband and I have already started to get a little taste of what the toddler stage is going to be like for us and I definitely need to work and focus on being more patient. I could probably use this in every area of my life, but I am hoping that while focusing on this in motherhood it will start to spread to every other area as well.
Why are you sharing this with us Danyele? First, I just typed all this up and I am going to share it with the world so that holds me accountable to follow through. Second, I hope that maybe this will encourage you to look at your past year and evaluate what areas you want to do better in. Pick a word and start writing down ways you can start living that word. Share your word! Announce it on social media and have friends and family hold you accountable.
During the month of January I will be going a little deeper into what choosing a word for my year looks like for me and how I plan on emulating these words everyday. This is a journey. When the ball drops at midnight, I am not instantly going to have Joy in every area of my life, be Patient, Selfless, and Intentional. Like most things worth doing it is going to take work and dedication!
So, that’s it for me for now. I am so excited to dive into this journey and share it with all of you! If you are choosing a word or words for your year comment below and let me know. I would love to know what it is!!