Tuesday, December 29, 2015

One Word 2016

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"One Word 2016: Cleanse" Choosing one focus word for the new year instead of setting resolutions {SurrenderedMom.com} #oneword2016

It's almost here, you guys. I'm know there is really nothing significant about January 1st except for a flip of the calendar, but this year more than ever I'm feeling excited and sort of refreshed about the thought of a new year starting. I've said before that I'm not really a resolution setter, but this year I've decided that I like the idea of a focus word. Instead of setting myself up for failure with a long list of unreachable goals, I've decided that focusing in on one theme throughout the entire year is much more attainable and, I'm suspecting, much more productive.

I've spent about two weeks considering which word I'd choose to focus on this coming year. After bouncing around between a handful of really good ones, this word just popped up out of nowhere, and I had one of those light bulb "aha!" moments.

My word for 2016 is cleanse.

Why did I choose this word? It honestly just sums up every goal I can think of for myself for every area of life, really! What do I want to cleanse, you ask? 

1. My mind
I can easily admit that I'm my own worst critic. I have decided that the greatest thing that holds me back is my own negativity. My lack of confidence and insecurity can be debilitating at times. I have got to take control of what I think!  I know that Satan knows my struggles and tries to feed my insecurity, but I also know that I can battle his lies and "take every thought captive," and that's just what I plan to do! I'm currently reading Beth Moore's So Long Insecurity: You've Been a Bad Friend to Us  [aff link] and it's incredibly eye-opening. I highly recommend if you struggle with insecurity in your own life. 

2. My body
This isn't about jumping on a new year's diet bandwagon. I'm talking actually detoxifying. I personally have let my diet go straight into the gutter over the past year, and I used the excuse of how crazy busy we were to justify the convenient yet extremely unhealthy choices I've been making for our family as a whole. I'm guiding us back towards a traditional foods diet, and getting rid of all processed foods, refined sugars, and gluten. I also will be making it a point to swap our household and body products with non-toxic, organic options for optimal health. [I've got a post coming up in the near future about my personal health struggles and why I am making these specific choices, so be looking for that if you're interested.]

3. My soul
I'm making my prayer life a huge priority this coming year. Yes, I'm a born-again Christian, but I'm also human and I'm guilty of letting busyness distract me from my relationship with the Lord. One way I plan on combatting that is to schedule my quiet time each day instead of letting it happen whenever I find the time or fit it in. Instead of scheduling God around the rest of my life, I'm making it a point to schedule the rest of my life around God! I'd like to say that I've already been doing this, and some of the time I have, but most of the time I let myself get busy and distracted and my prayer life is the first area to suffer, and I'd like to change that!

There are certainly other areas of my life that need cleansing, and I hope to tackle those areas as well, but these are the main three and the ones that I feel like need the most attention. I think my word for this year is perfect for where I'm at in life and what my current needs are. I believe that by focusing in on this word, this theme for the direction I want my life to go, I can more effectively achieve my "goals" than by setting a resolution list, don't you? 

Have you chosen a word for 2016? I'd love to know what it is! Leave me a comment and let me know!


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