You may have heard of the ‘one word’ idea at the beginning of a new year. If not it’s essentially one word that will encapsulate the goals you have for the year. I’ll admit that when I first heard of it I thought, wow that sounds a lot like another failed New Year’s Resolution that lasts through the beginning few weeks and then is completely forgotten for the remaining 11 months. I really thought it was a silly idea. But the more words I’ve read and the more thought I’ve put into it somehow I’ve ended up coming up with my own word for 2017.
That word is joy.
In 2017 I want to do things that bring me joy. I want to feel less stressed out, less overwhelmed. I want to do things that make me feel not just temporarily happy or that pat my ego- I want to feel real joy.
I want to spend more time with family and friends. I want to make new friends. I want to find hobbies that enrich my life. I want to be passionate about serving others. I want to create a life that is so filled with goodness that others feel positive energy radiating from me. I want to be filled with optimism and look on the bright side of situations that would normally get me down and fill me with doubt.
I want to capture memories. I want to blog more regularly and about things I care about. I want to enjoy the little things that make me smile and laugh. I want to journal regularly so that I can remember what I’ve experienced. I want to create more good times with Jake, Easton, and our new little guy.
In 2017, I want to trust in God. I want to feel closer to Him. I want to develop a better understanding of what He has planned for me. I want to fill my home with spiritual things that are uplifting and filled with light. I want to create a stronger relationship with Him.
These are the things that will bring me joy. They are things that are sometimes overlooked in the day-to-day and can fall behind more “important” things. These are things that can sometimes be replaced with distractions such as wasting time on my phone or watching TV, but that really do fill my life up so much more than these simple distractions ever do. And I guess that’s why I’m hoping that by the end of this year I will have been able to do at least some of these things and will feel more joyful in my life.
So what’s your word?