For the past few years I’ve done the thing that most bloggers do at the beginning of the year – I’ve chosen one word to be “my word” for that entire following year. I honestly can’t remember where I first heard of the idea, but it’s something that I really enjoy doing. Over the years I’ve chosen Joy, Intentional, Invest, and probably others I can’t remember, but I feel like choosing my word does set the tone for where I want to focus my energy that year.
I chose my word for this year – Pursue – a few weeks ago, and it had a slightly different meaning when I first decided on it. But now that the new year has arrived, I’ve decided this word is exactly what I want this year to be about. Rather than what I was thinking when I first settled on it – pursuing several big goals that I have made for myself – I want to choose one or two goals to pursue, and then focus on pursuing several other things.
I want to pursue a more meaningful relationship with several good friends of mine. I want to pursue a stronger relationship with God. I want to pursue more one-on-one time with my husband. I want to pursue more quality alone time – less watching mindless TV after the boys are asleep and more reading, writing, accomplishing. I want to pursue a few specific goals I have in regards to blogging and Haven Gray Kids. I want to pursue a healthier lifestyle – more time spent being active, more water, a bigger focus on healthy eating. I want to pursue a stronger family bond – more time playing games and having discussions and really focusing on each other, just the four of us.
I love the new year – even though in reality it’s just another day, it feels like such a good starting point. A good place to start over, a blank slate. 2017 was a great year for our family – sure, we had trials and struggles and arguments, and my father-in-law passed away unexpectedly, which was incredibly difficult to walk through. It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows and happiness. But overall, we had a really good year. I’m so thankful for this little family of mine, for this life I get to live. I’m excited about 2018, I’m anxious to see where it takes us. I feel like every time I have an idea of how things are going to go, life seems to surprise me. I’m sure this year will be no different. Let’s do this, 2018!