I’m not really a New Year Resolution person – I am a believer in setting goals as they are needed all year long. Make a change when the change needs to be made is what works for me. However, after being inspired by Ali here, I’ve been choosing a word to focus on each year for many years. This word becomes my resolution, my intention to live a certain way, and a very simple, doable way to elevate my purpose.
Last year I chose the word “cultivate” and 2014 truly became a year of growth for me and those around me. I looked for ways that I could improve my thinking and my understanding of many different things. I also found many opportunities to help others to grow in different ways. My focus on this word affected how I parented, how I served, and how I worked. I actually loved this word choice.
For 2015, I have chosen the word “thrive.” I find it no coincidence that this is the word that came to mind over the last couple of months as I anticipated a new year because it goes hand-in-hand with last year’s word. As something starts to grow, we want to nourish it and tend to it so that it thrives and flourishes. Roots are in place. Buds and leaves have emerged. Now fruit and blossoms are appearing. 2015 is the time for me to thrive.
My husband, Jason, has loved Danny Ainge since he was a young boy. Danny played basketball at BYU then went on to play for the Boston Celtics and other NBA teams. One of Danny’s jersey numbers was 44. In high school, Jason and his friends replaced the word “forever” with “44-ever.” That’s how much Jason loved Danny.
On December 26, Jason turned 44 and I asked people who love Jason to send me a photo to help him celebrate his “44-ever” birthday. As we anticipated this milestone birthday we decided that this would be our best year ever. Since his birthday is so close to the end of the year, if his 44th year is our best year ever, that means that 2015 is going to be our best year ever as well!
We have no hospitalizations in sight. Jason’s health is the best it’s been in recent years. Coleman is flourishing in school and we love this kindergarten age. I’m feeling good and I’m gathering the tools I need to keep improving my health and well-being.
This is our year to thrive.
And since I am a believer of positive thinking and talking, if we do experience bumps and obstacles, we will face them with strength because we are going in with optimistic expectations.
Join me in living just a little more focused, a little more determined to become something more. What’s your word for 2015?