Sometime in the past week or so, I decided I wanted to jump on board the One Little Word train. I signed up for Ali's class last year, but my interest fizzled out around March. The word I chose for 2013 was WANDER. It couldn't have been more perfect. Even though I wasn't actively participating in the class, I kept the word in the back of my mind. I tried new things, I moved to a new city, I found new interests – I went with the flow and didn't worry too much about planning or the end result. It was good for me at the time and I truly believe that my attitude is what helped my survive thrive last year. I was surprised at how much my word would come into play in my daily life. In other words, I was suprised that all of this actually works.
This year, I needed a change of pace. My word for 2014 is FOCUS. Talk about opposites, right? I wouldn't change a thing from last year, but this year, I need some structure and maybe a little discipline. I was all over the place and, while that is okay, I need to bring it all together. I learned a lot last year, and now it's time to take advantage of my experiences.
This year, I need to focus on building new relationships and making new friends. That means responding to text messages in a timely fashion (I'm terrible at this) and being a better listener. It means saying yes to things and, at times, being uncomfortable.
This year, I need to focus on my career growth. I have been working remote for the past few months but have always known it's a temporary thing. It's time to focus on building my resume and portfolio and then eventually putting myself out there on the job market. (Yikes!)
This month, I need to focus on getting back into a daily (or at least a couple times a week) exercise routine. I really didn't do too much with myself in that department after the NYC Marathon. I enjoyed a well-deserved break but I know that I do better and feel better when I get a little exercise. My hope is that if I actively focus on exercise this month, I'll build myself a habit or routine for the following months.
And since my enthusiasm wore off last year, I decided not to sign up for the 2014 class. I missed the discounted price and have an unused class sitting in my account at Big Picture. I will follow along with the 2013 monthly prompts and probably come up with my own ideas as I get going. As far as documenting goes, I may share some things here and I may add some inserts into my Project Life. I really haven't decided yet.
It's not too late to join the party. I'm considering my new year to start today, now that I'm home from my holiday travels. Have you chosen a word for 2014? I would love to know what it is!