I’ve been mulling over whether or not I want to have a WORD OF THE YEAR. Have you ever heard of that? The idea is to choose a word to focus on, a word that can guide your actions or whatever you think you might want to embrace more of in the upcoming year. According to Elizabeth Rider, a health coach, choosing a Word of the Year “sets an intention for how you want your year to flow." source
I actually tried it last year and to an extent I was successful with it. My word was JOY. During the year I included that word in my journal writing, and I tried to focus more on finding joy in everyday things. I tend to sometimes see the cup as half empty instead of half full, and I knew I needed to work on that. By choosing the word joy, I think I focused on finding more of it.
This year I think I want my word to be:
I’m not an artist, musician, or writer of great novels, so why choose CREATE? Good question…so I’ll “try” to explain. I was thinking about various words, and then all of a sudden (literally) the word create popped in my head. I "pondered" it for awhile, wondering why in the world that word came to mind. And this is what I came up with.
This year I want to be more creative in the way I look at my life. After all, there are other ways to create besides painting a picture or composing a sonnet. This year I want to:
*be more creative with my meal preparations! I am soooo tired of cooking the same things over & over. I have literally collected 100s of recipes, so why haven’t I used most of them????? (Thankfully I have a very sweet husband who seems to love whatever I put in front of him😊)
*delve into using all those arts & crafts supplies I have stored up and create scrapbooks, journals, pocket letters, memory dex cards, ATCs, or whatever else I get interested in. (I see lots of glue in my future!!!)
*continue writing my blog and try to be more creative in my posts….in hopes to keep the readers I have and maybe even gain a few more. I love to write but I need to up my game.
*be more creative in serving my Lord and helping others….after all, that’s what we are here for.
*create more joy in my life by involving myself in experiences that I enjoy and care about with family, friends, and myself. Not sure yet what all that encompasses but I hope some travel might be involved.
I recently read this:
Being creative means solving a problem in a new way. It means changing your perspective. Being creative means taking risks and ignoring doubt and facing fears. It means breaking with routine and doing something different for the sake of doing something different. It means mapping out a thousand different routes to reach one destination. It means challenging yourself every day. Being creative means searching for inspiration in even the most mundane places. source
I especially like that last part😊 Sometimes life can become so mundane, so “normal” that we fail to see what might be. I hope to find myself at the end of 2019 having been creative in all of these ways and more.
So….what do you plan to CREATE this year????