Several years ago, I came across this neat little project called “The One Word Project.” The purpose is to choose one word, instead of resolutions, to shape your entire year around. Most of us go into each brand new year with a long list of intentions we are planning to make in our lives. We view it as a golden opportunity to wipe the dust from our slate. Like so many, I have made numerous resolutions yet only to fail shortly after. The pressures of everyday life can get in the way of the new goals we have set and eventually we find ourselves falling back into our old ways. A list of resolutions can be daunting and unrealistic. That is why a majority of those big plans we have are never achieved. When I heard about “The One Word Project”, I was deeply intrigued. I wanted to know how one word could improve me and mold me into more of the person I strived to be. So, in December of last year, I chose my first word: Present.
I didn’t have to think hard when it came to choosing my first word for 2015. I immediately chose present because it represented my hope as a new mother for the coming year. I wanted to be completely alive in every moment, capture every smile, experience every first, and slow down and pay more attention to the world around me. Often we are so busy planning the next big thing that we lose out on the joy of the moment we are in. I think this past year is the first of many years that I have actually achieved what it is that I set out to do. I became a stay at home mommy and for me it was easier to become more engaged in every aspect of my sons day. There are times when I still have to take a small break for me but for the most part I am living my dream!
As I sat and pondered on a new word to commit myself to in 2016, I look next to me at a picture hanging on my wall. The word “Journey” is staring me boldly in the face. The quote on the plaque reads: ” Life is a journey and love is what makes that journey worthwhile.” It’s as if the Lord placed this word before me. I am excited what the coming year has in store. For me, my hope is that I will learn to fully embrace this journey of life that I’m on. That along the way, I will accomplish all of the things God has written on my heart. That I will grow ever closer to Him as I walk along this path. And even when I grow weary from the trek I will be reminded that on this journey I am not alone.
I pray blessings over each one of you in the coming year. May you each fulfill what it is that you set out to do and may you be reminded that God is with you today and everyday of the year!
We all have those days. You know the ones. The days where the chores are taunting us and we would pretty much rather go roll around in mud than spend time doing the mundane task of cleaning. It’s something that has to be done but today you’re just not feeling it. The dishes are yelling, “Wash me!” and the laundry is screaming, “Fold me!” But it’s going to take the strength of Goliath to remove you from the couch. We all have those moments when we think, “Why clean it? It’ll just get messed up again anyway!” When you find yourself becoming bored with the same old chores, dig yourself out of the pit of “choredom” (think I just made that word up!) . Do something inspiring and give yourself the motivation you need to tackle your to-do list. Taking a time out from the everyday tasks can give you the enthusiasm you need to conquer your whole household!
(My husband would likely frown on this!) Here is a list of “20 Things To Do Other Than Cleaning The House”:
- Bake a cake.
- Watch a marathon of your favorite show.
- Paint something.
- Plant new flowers outside your window.
- Call up an old friend.
- Read that book you’ve been meaning to read.
- Buy yourself something new. (Retail therapy!)
- A quick workout.
- Sit down & write a card to someone.
- Play a game with your child.
- Have lunch with your spouse.
- Learn something new.
- Get crafty and make something! Pinterest has thousands of great ideas!
- Take a bubble bath.
- Crank your music up really loud!
- Get outdoors! Go for a walk, a hike, just go!
- Make cookies for a neighbor.
- Go to the park.
- Organize your photographs.
- Have a spa day.
The Cheerful Mom
Today is October 1st and it seems as if I have been waiting since January for this day! That’s because Fall is my most favorite time of year. I love all of the blessings and fun that comes along with this season. The colors, the smells, the pumpkins! There are so many awesome things to do during these months that I look forward to it all year long. Here is my list of must do things this Fall:
Fall Bucket List
- Visit a pumpkin patch.
- Visit a farmers market.
- Go on a hay ride.
- Go to a football game.
- Drink a cup of hot chocolate outside.
- Jump into a big pile of leaves!
- Watch Halloween movies. My favorite is Hocus Pocus!
- Take pictures of the changing leaves.
- Bake! Pies, cakes, cookies! Tis the season.
- One word: BONFIRE!
- Make smores.. And invite me over for some!
- Spend the day at your local county fair.
- Indulge in a caramel apple! And not feel the least bit guilty about it.
- Donate to your area food bank. By letting your kids help collect food, it teaches them a valuable lesson, as well as helps many needy families during this season.
What are your favorite Fall traditions? What do you have on your own bucket list for this season?