One Year, One Word

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It seems as if my word for this year chose me. I was not thinking about a word or even seriously considering a word when it went and chose me instead. These past few years I have subscribed to the idea of choosing a single word to define my year. Doing this instead of writing out a list of soon forgotten resolutions.

By focusing on one word each of these years, it has been an adventure. Each year I have grown and matured. Often facing hard truths about myself in the process. Each time I have been Stretched. Each time it has been a good, but not always easy thing to get through.

I have moved forward with so many goals and achieved so much more. I can not tell you if it was because by choosing a word instead of placing a list of to do’s on myself the pressure was off. Pressure of not living up to an arbitrary list.

Perhaps that was the key all along. The desire to do better, attempting new things was always there deep in my heart. After all it was the same list year after year. But after focusing on one word and seeing how much more I accomplished.

Funny that.

As I stated above, my word for this year snuck up on me. In fact I did not consider this word until I reread a previous blog post. It stuck up out at me like a beacon.

Stretched. It occurred to me that each word that I had chosen in the past had done just that in their own way.

Stretched. Each word had grown me in so many ways.

Stretched. I look forward to seeing how this will play out in this new year.

Do you choose a word? How do you begin the new year?

 

Register your word on the One Word 365 website

Photo Credit: Erica Rodriguez (Mua Loa Photography Inc.) @mualoaphotog

The Year of Boldness

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I chose the word BOLDNESS as my word for 2014. This was my third year choosing a word to define my year. My first year it was YES, the following year it was LOVE. Each year has been full of change, surprises, and growth.

This year has been no different. I was not sure what boldness would like for me. That I would be able to live up to it. I had a lot of goals for this year, some were forgotten or left half done. Others were pursued.

I have achieved some of my goals but not all of them. My website is currently being designed and should be live by the end of January. I began to work for a growing marketing company as their in house copy writer.

But there were some writing goals I did not continue to work on. My fiction work took a hit as I focused more on my blog and my work with the company. Plus my battle with laziness and fear also came into play.

I allowed fear to hold me back from pursuing more freelance writing gigs. One of the reasons I held back was that I did not have internet at home. While I could use wifi out in public it was a cause of immense stress for me. Now I have installed internet which will allow me to do the work without added pressure of time constraints.

Slowly, I am working on my fiction. A new story is coming together. I also plan to pick up my other novel, edit it and (after a deep breath) querying it.

This past February I ran my first half marathon. Seeing what my body, in this healthy state can do is the best gift. I hope to run another one this year or next.

I am still single and it has not always been easy I must admit. However, God has really grown me in this season. Trusting Him in the plans for me instead of my plans.

God has used me to minister to the young adults in my church. I pray to continue to be used in this way for as long as God wants.

My friend ships have grown deeper. From these women I am learning how to love well. To see Jesus in every relationship and aspect of this life.

Is that living boldly? I don’t know if that is bold enough. It was however, a growing, stretching year. I have not decided whether or not I will define 2015 with a word. Whether or not I choose one, my prayer for this coming year is to continue to grow and be stretched.

What are your hopes for 2015? How do you feel about 2014?

Mid Week Motivator: Starting Over

The analogy between running and writing is often made. For good reason. The two are rather similar.
Both require constant, near daily attention. Recently I have taken a break from running. Getting back into it has been rather difficult. I keep recalling when getting up in the morning to run was easier. It all begins with taking one step at a time, writing one word at a time.

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What I had to concede, rather painfully is that I am starting over.  Not only with running but writing fiction. I am not a beginner, but I have lost a lot of the muscle I had built up. The good news is that I can get there again. It will take time and dedication. And being willing to be uncomfortable.

For most of this year I have concentrated more on this blog. Since running my first half this past February I have felt burnt out with running.

It is time to get back into it. To wake up in the morning not hitting that snooze button one more time. I need to refocus my energies and determination into both running and writing. To say no to doing this or that. It’s important for me to protect both my running and writing time.

<u>This week my goal for running is 2 miles, five days a week. And for writing, to begin plotting for Nanowrimo. Which I can do now that I have a glimmer of a plot!

Have you had to start over?

Mid Week Motivator- Getting Back Out There

It is not easy to keep working consistently. It is a huge commitment to oneself and keeping that up can be tough. Whether or not you have dialed back your workouts or have stopped entirely there is hope! It will not be easy getting back into the routine of working out but it can be done.

 

First, be honest with yourself. Why have you stopped working out? What has changed in your life? What were you not getting out of your workouts? It is important to assess all of this.

 

Next ask yourself the following questions. What is my goal? No goal is too small. However having one is so important in getting back into it. Then once you reach that goal, set another one.

 

Now look at your schedule. When can you workout? It may not seem like it but you can fit it into your busy life. Maybe it means getting up earlier or moving something around. It will not be easy the first few times but before you know it can become a habit again. Not every workout needs to be an hour. Do you have 20min? We all have 20 min at some point in the day, start with that and then add 10 min each day. Eventually you will see the time is there.

 

Who can you work out with? If you do not have to do this alone, don’t. I can assure you there is someone in your life who would love to join you. Knowing that another person is setting aside their time to meet you is a great motivator. Plus the two of you can encourage each other.

 

Asking for accountability. Ask a good friend to follow up with you about your workouts. This is not meant to make you feel guilty about not working out. Instead think of it as a bragging moment. Sharing what awesome thing happened during that day’s workout can only push you do more on the next one!

 

Are you coming back from an injury? Modify,modify, modify. You can still work hard and not hurt yourself. Consult your doctor and listen to your body.

 

You are not the person you used to be when you were working out consistently. Go slow at first. For instance if you used to run a lot then start with walking and run in short intervals. If you try to go all out as used during the first week back at it then you are setting yourself up for failure. As I mentioned before, set a goal. Try out a local gym with a friend. See if you like the enviroment and what they have to offer. Check out local parks or try a different kind of exercise. Perhaps a yoga class or zumba.

 

Running errands or hanging out at home? Wear your workout clothes, already wearing them can lead to a work out since you will not need to stop and change.

 

You can do this. You are worth the investment.