Happy New Year!
We have just spent the weekend recovering and catching up from the holidays. We spent two weeks in Tennessee with our families, and it was awesome! Sharing meals and games and gifts and time together is a great way to end the old year and ring in the new.
And, while we were there, Husband and I took an End-of-the-Year Getaway – something I hope becomes a yearly tradition. We booked a night at The Martha Washington Inn, just across the border in Abingdon, Virginia.
Abingdon in a charming little town that was fun to explore, even in freezing temperatures, and the inn, even lovelier. The history of The Martha is fascinating, and the halls of the inn are adorned with many relics from its earlier days – old photos, students’ letters, programs from performances at the college. In addition to wandering the halls, enjoying great meals, taking a dip in the saltwater pool, and relaxing at the spa, we also took some time to set goals for our year. There were a lot of little ones (drink more water!) and a few bigger ones, and I’m excited about all of them. (I’m an ENFP, so I found this to be pretty funny and also true.)
So as I started thinking about my One Little Word for this year (see past years here and here), I wanted it to reflect the goals we set and the plans we made.
For some reason, the first word that popped into my head was “refine”. Not at all what I was expecting – in fact, I even looked up past years to try to get other ideas. I thought I might just choose “practice“, because it feels like an easy one. But then I looked up the definition of refine (italics mine):
re·fine /rəˈfīn/ verb
- remove impurities or unwanted elements from (a substance), typically as part of an industrial process.
- improve (something) by making small changes, in particular make (an idea, theory or method) more subtle and accurate.
In my journal, I wrote that I want to:
- reset priorities
- clear out the junk (not just physical stuff, but that’s part of it)
- create processes that simplify
- focus on our goals
- redefine purposes
- make choices that line up with these priorities and purposes
These feel a lot like refining to me – clearing out the unwanted elements and making small changes to make our lives a more accurate reflection of our goals. So there it is. Not the most glamorous word for the year, but it seems like a good fit.
What about you? Do you choose a word for your year or set other goals or resolutions? I would love to hear if you do and what your approach is. (I didn’t do it for years – one year, when asked at the checkout if I had any resolutions, I said, “Eat more chocolate!”) Whatever your plans for the new year, I hope 2015 is full of peace and joy for you. Looking forward to diving into the year!
4 thoughts on “2015: One Little Word”
That’s a good word and I think your ideas around it make a lot of sense.
My word is “create”. I nearly went with practice also, but I don’t want to practice what I’m learning, I want to create with it. The job search is taking a lot of my time up – somedays I’m not creating or even reading! I think a few more weeks though and it will settle down more.
At some point I’ll put together a post with my word. Have you ever tried Ali Edwards class on one word? The reason I ask is that’s exactly how she phrases it – one little word. I did it last year and really liked it. I’m doing it again this year. I haven’t downloaded the January one yet. I didn’t feel I did too good with last year’s word (remember) and wanted to sit with it for a few more days to get closure.
I like what you said about choosing “create” over “practice” – makes a lot of sense. I have never taken Ali’s class, but a post from her years ago is what sparked me choosing a word for the year. Maybe one year I’ll take the plunge and sign up for the class. Happy New Year to you, Nancy! Thinking of you and your job search – hope something wonderful comes your way.
Refine is a really good word…wishing you the best in 2015!
I like your word! I don’t think I’m picking a word this year, but if I did, it would be focus!