The Most Important Word for Moms in 2018
If you were on The MOM Journey this time last year, you know I don’t do New Year’s resolutions (The #1 Resolution You Must Make).
Launching a significant life transformation–eating less sugar, exercising more (or at all), shaving my legs regularly–requires a total mental commitment from me. And it’s not likely a specific date, such as January 1, is going to inspire that commitment. I fear failure, but sometimes that fear doesn’t motivate me to succeed. It motivates me not to start in the first place.
I recently learned about an alternative to making a New Year’s resolution that I think I can do. And I’m kind of exited about it. It’s called ONE WORD. The concept is to choose a word to infuse into your life throughout the year. The word will ground you, give you focus, help you make decisions and set priorities in 2018. Joy, thankful, remember, faith, and time are words my writing friends have posted on their blogs over the last few days.
My word for the new year is DISCIPLINE. I know. It doesn’t sound glamorous or even remotely fun. But for me…it’s necessary.
When I signed my book contract in June 2016, I didn’t realize I was essentially taking on a second full-time job. WAITING FOR BUTTERFLIES debuted nine months ago, and I just now feel like I’m learning to breathe again. The last year-and-a-half has been crazy–the best kind of crazy.
But in the process, other areas of my life spun out of control. It took me eight hours last week to balance my neglected checking account. (Yes, I know. I’m the last person in my generation who still thinks this is necessary.) I just used our new vacuum for the first time…which we bought three months ago. And my bathroom scale is a big, fat liar. I need DISCIPLINE. And at this point, I welcome it.
Will you do One Word with me? It’s easy to choose a word. Maybe you already feel your word, like I did. Or you may need to ponder and pray and search for a word to inspire you. Scripture is a perfect place to start. Or maybe you have a favorite quote that’s been saving your word for you. You can find your word in a magazine or a song title, on a food label or a billboard.
No matter where you find it, One Word can possess great power. It can influence our thoughts, shape our actions, change our lives. My word has already changed mine. I just clipped a $5 coupon for a 4-pack of razors.
What will be your One Word for 2018? Please share it in the comments!
(To be a more disciplined blogger, I’ll post monthly rather than weekly now, so I can get better acquainted with my new vacuum.)