Friday, December 30, 2011

Twelve months of...discipline??

I planned on waiting until New Year's Day to share the rough outline of my One Word for 2012, but I am just too excited to keep it all to myself!  Before starting this One Word journey, I would have agreed that spending a year of my life dedicated to discipline sounded like pure torture.  But, after all the hours (yes, hours) of time I've put into thinking about this, I'm convinced my experiences this upcoming year will be as far from torture as I could imagine.  In fact, I think they will be thrilling!

I have been out of the "normal" working world for more than eight years.  Not that I haven't worked; just not in a regular nine to five, get evaluated by a boss, set professional goals every year kind of job.  And, I've been at home full time for more than five of those eight years.  That has been a huge blessing for me and for my family, but it hasn't really kept me in the habit of making and tracking progress on goals.  I think that is what I am most excited about; setting goals and setting up people (my husband, aka Big D, and a close friend) to keep me accountable.

Here it is, folks.  A very rough outline of what aspect of discipline I will be focusing on each month.  Maybe seeing this will get the wheels turning in your head so you can find the perfect One Word for the next twelve months of your life.

  • January - Discipline in time with God
  • February - Discipline in marriage
  • March - Discipline in relationships with children
  • April - Discipline in homeschooling
  • May - Discipline in finances
  • June - Discipline with time/commitments
  • July - Discipline in health
  • August - Discipline with discipleship
  • September - Discipline with housework/organizing
  • October - Discipline in friendships
  • November - Discipline in giving thanks
  • December - Discipline in my priorities

So, that's the sketch of my 2012 through the lens of discipline.  What do you think?  Does discipline look a little more interesting now?  

Thursday, December 29, 2011

My One Word for 2012

Have you heard about One Word?  Different people do it different ways, but the here's the simple explanation: think about what you want to accomplish in the next year and pick a word that will help you shape everything you do to accomplish your goals.  Doesn't it sound simple?  Easy, even?  It was pretty excruciating for me, but I think that is because I did it backwards.  I spent a bunch of time figuring out my word, and I am still working on setting up goals to ensure that the next year of my life lives up to my One Word.  There might be less strain on your brain if you had a few general goals in mind.  Then use those goals to help you search for the One Word that is going to define your life for the next 365 days.

Does that sound dramatic?  Good.  Because I think my One Word will bring some significant changes to my life.  Not necessarily all at once.  I'm picking One Word to shape an entire year, remember?  The changes will probably be subtle in the beginning.  But I'm hoping they will add up as the months go by, so that when I look back over 2012, there will be something in my life that is considerably different.     

My One Word for 2012 is:


(I made it a nice calm green color because when I typed it out in black it looked so harsh and unforgiving.)

It might seem like an odd choice; a boring choice; a very un-fun choice.  Not for me.  I'm excited!  I see the possibilities of this word guiding my year, and it makes me nearly giddy.  I'm planning out a focus for each month.  A way to apply this word to a different part of my life with each turn of the calendar page.  I'll share soon.  

Want to join me?  Sure you do.  We feel better when we have a purpose to our days and a focus for our time.  Set some goals.  Pick a word.  Make a plan.  Be ready for a change.