For several years now, I have watched my favorite bloggers choose “their” word at the start of the new year – the one word that either summarizes their attitude toward the unfolding year, or describes something they want to work toward, or perhaps serves as a reminder of a lesson they want to make sure they don’t miss in the new year. At first, I found it slightly pretentious, but then I became more intrigued, and now I love January and seeing all the words people choose for their new year.
I have never actively participated, but when I saw Bonnie Gray’s new “Beloved Brews” linkup, and her first writing prompt that asked for a post on this very topic, I decided that this will be my year to participate and join the “one word” community. I have pondered and journaled about it for the past couple years—in fact, earlier this month, I had journaled and chosen my word and reflected on it, although not necessarily planning to share it. But I create much better accountability for myself when I share things, so… here I am.
I have chosen “growth” as my one word for 2015.
In 2015, I want to challenge myself to new things that will enhance my intellectual, emotional, and spiritual growth throughout the year. I’m a natural and eager learner, so this should be fairly easy to embrace. “Growth” certainly encompasses a vast array of applications, which is part of what excites me about choosing it for the whole year, but for now I want to focus on growth in two specific areas: my writing and my personal discipline.
I have my own ideas of what that might look like, and perhaps I will discuss some details in a future post. For now, it looks a lot like setting my alarm earlier in the morning, setting multiple alarms to get myself to bed earlier, and waking up with my trusty Moleskine next to my Bible each morning. Baby steps, right?
Did you choose one word for your 2015? Tell me about it in the comments!
I’m linking up to the Beloved Brews Linkup, hosted by Faith Barista, Bonnie Gray.