Since 2011 I have taken the lead of Chris Brogan (author, journalist and social media expert) and chosen 3 words to focus on and guide me through the year. I “think” I picked up on this from Katybeth at Odd Loves Company back years ago when she talked about it but it has been a really good tool for me over the years.
The words I have chosen previously have all been great words. They all held different meanings for me and it seemed like each time I focused on the words for the year I was able to recenter and pull myself back into a sense of purpose. I need purpose in life.
Resolutions have never been my strength. I have problems with “stick-to-itiveness” and always have felt that I have failed when it came to keeping long term resolutions. The one thing that I have stuck to is writing this blog. I am not sure why this has become my “thing” but it has. It started out as an online journal of sorts, a travel diary, and has morphed into more of an addiction. But a good kind of addiction. I have found friends like you who are reading this whom I never would have found before. I have been able to write about my adventures and for some reason a lot of you have stuck around to read about them.
I put a lot of thought into what my three words would be for this year and I think I have come up with some good ones (at least good for me) again.
Be. I am keeping this one from 2015 because I think it is important for me to just “be” more. I did pretty well at times with allowing this to be the center of my life this year but there were times when I must admit I got caught up in busyness of life and did not allow myself to just soak in the moment that I was in. I want to be more present in the moment and just BE. Maybe 2016 will be a bit calmer for me and I can allow myself to focus on this word a bit more.
Steadfast. I was first looking at the word stability because for some reason 2015 was a year of a lot of changes and moves for me. But it didn’t seem like quite the right word and I hit upon steadfastness as the word that I wanted to use. According to one definition I found online the word steadfast traces back to the Old English word stedefæst, a combination of stede, meaning “place,” and fæst, meaning “firmly fixed.” Picture a steadfast person standing firmly in place, not wavering or budging an inch, and you’ll have a good sense of what this word means. Yes. That is what I want to be. Firm in my beliefs and unwavering.
Intentional. According to Merriam-Webster the definition of intentional is something done in a way that is planned or intended. I have felt like this year I have flitted from thing to thing without purpose or intention a great deal of the time. I would really love to be more intentional in everything that I do. Not that I can not be spontaneous – I still want to be able to do the things on a whim that I want to but somehow I feel like I need to plan more and be much more purposeful in my actions.
My song for the coming year will be one that I continually put on repeat on my iPhone. It makes me happy and motivates me whenever I come upon an obstacle. “We know that there is no such thing as impossible when we trust in a God of miracles.” Yes! A million times yes. Thanks to Building 429 for Impossible.
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Beth Ann – one of the things that has attracted me to you as a friend is your purpose in life. I aim to emulate you! Christopher told me about a study the other day where people who have a purpose in life AND are able to articulate it, life 7-12 years longer than those who don’t & can’t. I see you as having a wonderful, long life!
That was one of the sweetest comments ever. Thank you. I do hope I have a long and wonderful life as well!
All great words. I just read another post where a blogger chose “intentional” as a focus for 2016. Happy New Year, my friend. May this year be more settled for you.
Thank you! How cool someone else has Intentional as their word as well. I mean it. I want to be more intentional in every aspect of life. Happy New Year, Audrey!
I loved reading this post.
Aw. Thanks! Do you have a word that you focus on every year?
Thanks! Do you pick a focus word for the year? I can see you doing that.
Three perfect words! I need to come up with at least one for me.
Let me know what you decide!
Hello Beth Ann! What a wonderful blog! I am also not a resolution kind of gal, but I do like to set goals to work towards. I like that you’ve chosen three words to guide you for the year. I hope you can Be – Steadfast – Intentional and that it brings you happiness and focus! We can all use a little bit of focus, or at least I know I can! Cheers!