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2015 One Word – Create

New Year
Rather than resolutions I usually pick one word or one short phrase for the new year.

I focus on that word or phrase throughout the new year.

It serves as a theme for me to live into – and guides and inspires me throughout the year.

My word for 2014 was “connect” and it was a great theme that served me well!

In 2014 I started a private Facebook group for moms of lgbt youth, I enjoyed meeting up with some wonderful women at gatherings in Austin and Palm Springs this past year and continued to connect with some local groups of women that I meet with monthly for great conversations and fun! I made some new friendships and deepened existing friendships. One of the synchroblog themes (that I manage with three other wonderful people I am connected with) was “Connection” and I wrote about Human Connection and The Power of Empathy which was inspired by Brene’ Brown who served as the inspiration for my decision to choose the word “connect” as my 2014 One Word.

For 2015 I have chosen the word “create” and look forward to seeing how it manifests in my life.

Are you choosing one word for 2015? If so, what word will guide and inspire you this year?

Little Things

This post is part of the January synchroblog “Serving Others In The New Year” 

I will put a list of all the synchroblog links at the end of this post when they become available.

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A few years ago I began the new tradition of choosing one word as a theme for the upcoming year.  The idea is that instead of making a list of specific New Year’s resolutions you choose one word that will serve as a sort of guide or inspiration for the whole year.

As I began this year I had several words that were floating around in my head but I couldn’t get comfortable choosing any one of them because they all seemed too “little” to be a theme for the whole year. And then it hit me that they were all connected to small acts of kindness that I had the opportunity to do or that had been done for me and “voila” my word for the year became “Kindness”.

I’m a firm believer that one of the best ways to make a big difference is through the little things so I am really excited about my 2013 word!

One thing that I’ve learned in the past few years is that I have to be intentional about my one word or else I end up forgetting about it the same way I often forgot about the list of New Year’s resolutions that I used to make.  For example, in 2011 my word was “Awaken” and I scheduled some specific activities on my calendar throughout the year, such as meditation, gardening, reading poetry, practicing silence etc., to help me stay connected to my one word.

To help me remember to be guided and influenced by the word “Kindness” this year I have made a list of little things that I am putting on my calendar.  I have a list of 24 things and plan to scatter them out so there are a couple of little things for me to do each month.

As always, I hope that this one word will help me become a better me and at the same time have a positive impact on the world I live in.

Here’s my list:

(1) Send a card or letter to someone letting them know how they have positively impacted my life.

(2) Pick a day of running errands and shopping to focus on people I can open doors for, help carry things to and from their car, let them go ahead of me in a waiting line, give them my seat in a waiting area or any other way that I can be kind on the spot to a stranger.

(3) Donate a favorite possession.

(4) Bring a snack to work to share with my co-workers.

(5) Offer someone an unexpected tip.

(6) Invite someone who is alone over for dinner.

(7) Compliment a stranger sincerely.

(8) Listen intently.

(9) Give someone a flower just because.

(10) Donate books to the local library.

(11) Bake something delicious and give it to a neighbor.

(12) Buy some extra groceries and take them to the local food bank.

(13) Leave a favorite book in a public place with a note.

(14) Tell family members what is special about them.

(15) Send an anonymous gift.

(16) Leave an extra big tip for a waitperson.

(17) Return someone’s shopping cart for them.

(18) Pay for the person behind me in a drive thru.

(19) Take the time to let management know how much I appreciate

a specific employee and the way they served me.

(20) Take my already read magazines to a senior center.

(21) Send a care package to someone that is spending a significant time away from home (a military person or a college student for example).

(22) Drop off something delicious at a local fire station.

(23) Pick up trash everywhere I go for one weekend.

(24) Slip a $20 gas card or public-transportation pass into someone’s

shopping bag with a note.

 

Here is a list of the other contributions to this month’s synchroblog:

 

One Word For 2011

I think Steve Fitzhugh and Dan Britton started the idea of replacing New Year’s resolutions with a one word theme for the upcoming year.

The one word theme is to be a word to focus on, meditate on and reflect upon throughout the new year.  It has become a popular trend over the last few years and I’ve heard a lot of positive feedback, so I thought I would give it a try this year…

My one word for 2011 is (drumroll…………………………..)

AWAKEN


I’ve chosen “awaken” as my word because there have been thoughts and ideas I have been pondering during Advent (see this post Advent: A Journey of Awakening) that are captured in the word “awaken”.  I have been thinking a lot about the value of intentionally being present in the moment, of being aware of what makes me feel most alive, of being watchful for divine activity, of being conscious and giving recognition to thoughts and feelings even if they are not positive (I have a tendency to push away, stop, repress or ignore negative thoughts and feelings).  So, throughout the coming year I am going to focus on this theme of “awaken” and see where the journey leads to and what is revealed.

Do you like the idea of choosing one word as a theme for the upcoming year?  If so, what word would/will you choose and why?