It has been my practice for several years now to forego making new year’s resolutions and instead to try and live by one major word for the entire year. I’ve been thinking about what I’m going to choose as my One Word for 2017 and I finally decided on one last month. My One Word 2017 is….. FOCUS.
Now how did I come up with my word?
Well, it really boiled down to my feeling overwhelmed and tired these past few months. My pregnancy last year wasn’t exactly easy. Then, when I gave birth last September, I had to juggle taking care of a new baby and learning how to breastfeed exclusively while taking care of the other kids and doing chores. Oh, and I had my part-time job and this blog to think about too.
Needless to say, I had a lot on my plate and yet I still felt I wasn’t doing enough. I felt bad whenever I couldn’t do everything I set out to do all in one day. I felt bad whenever I couldn’t say “yes” to an event or to a new job opportunity. It was frustrating!
In the end though, I was reminded of the fact that I wasn’t Superwoman. All I really wanted to do was relish my baby’s first year because he’s going to be our last child. I will never experience these precious moments again. I also have to spend more time homeschooling my five-year-old son because, honestly, I haven’t been as focused on that during the past three months.
Then, when my hubby told me that he was offered this wonderful opportunity at work that would be too hard to pass up, everything clicked for me. I wanted 2017 to be my hubby’s time to shine work-wise because he has been stepping aside in favor of my freelance and blogging gigs these past few years. It’s my turn to step aside and the only way I can do that is to FOCUS my time, attention and energy only on three key things: my family, my blog and my creative pursuits. It reminded me of this quote that I love, which I found in another mommy blog that I read:
Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
I even came up with a simple vision board for it through an app on my phone.
This vision board will go on my planner so that I will be reminded of my One Word 2017 every day.
Yes, I will still keep my part-time job but focus on my blog more because I want to increase its income-earning potential. And no matter how nice the offer is, I will not be accepting other job offers this year. Yes, I will still make time for friends and events but I will not allow these things to cloud my focus. Yes, I will still continue with my creative planning but will do so by focusing on showing more of my personality in it and not buy planner stuff just because they’re cute. That’s because I also plan to actually save money this year. In fact, I’ve already joined a group engaged in the 52-Week Money Saving Challenge.
I’m hoping and praying that with more FOCUS, I can actually do more by doing less. I’ve been pretty successful with last year’s One Word, which was “Create”. So, I’m sure I can be successful this year too.
What about you? Do you make New Year’s resolutions or did you join the One Word 2017 challenge too?