My Word for the Year – Open

Open year

 

Even though I’ve set goals for myself for this new year of 2014, I’m still intrigued every time I see someone choose a word for the year.  Usually, the word is chosen as a theme.  Often, people choose a single word instead of setting goals or resolutions.

There’s something interesting about choosing just one word to focus on for the year.  It seems doable and not nearly as overwhelming as a list of goals to meet.  And, let’s face it, a word for the year is just cool!  You can find some kind of token with your word engraved on it so you can remember your chosen focus.  Whether that ends up being a piece of jewelry, a journal or a keychain it’s a nice idea to have a physical reminder.  I don’t have anything like that for my goals or resolutions.

This year, I decided I want a word.  A single word that will support all the other goals and bring focus to my year.  I wanted a positive word that would encourage me.  The first several words I came up with had more of a focus on the things I needed to work on.  For me, words like intention, discipline or accepting didn’t have the positive push I was looking for.

After considering and abandoning several different words, I woke up one morning with two, small syllables ringing in my mind:  Open.

Open is a perfect word for me this year.  Maybe it is for you too.  A quick check of the thesaurus shows that open can mean:

  • Unburdened
  • Uncluttered
  • Unlocked
  • Unstopped (maybe even unstoppable?)

Sign me up for all of those!  Specifically, here’s what Open means for me this year.

Open to…

  • New Adventures
  • Stepping outside my comfort zone
  • Making new friends and growing closer to old friends
  • Accepting that reality doesn’t always match up with my preconceived ideas of what “should” be – and that is okay
  • Embracing the messiness of life
  • Changes in the circumstances that surround me (these are often out of my control)
  • Making changes in my routines, family life and myself that will make life better
  • Eating healthy snacks, like pistachios from Puritan’s Pride and giving up sugary treats
  • Grace and forgiveness – Granting both of these to others and to myself.  And accepting God’s grace and forgiveness for me.

What are you open to this year?  Do you think being open can support you in achieving your goals and resolutions?

On January 29 at 9pm, I’ll be hanging out on Twitter with @PuritansPride for the Resolution Reboot Twitter party. We’re going to be chatting about keeping our resolutions and there will be prizes involved too!  Follow along with #PuritansPride.  You can also find Puritan’s Pride on Pinterest, Facebook and on their blog, Healthy Perspectives.

Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Puritan’s Pride.  I have been compensated for my time, but all opinions are my own.

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