For the past couple years, I have been choosing a word of the year. I am sure you have heard and seen many others sharing their word of the year. While it has become a trend, I have found it extremely helpful to choose a word to focus on for the entire year.
My Words of the Year- In the Past
For 2016 I choose the word bold. Entering into that year, I felt challenged to be more bold in many ways. Far too often, I had shrunk back in fear of being too much or too little.
This past year, my word was focus. I have learned so much through this word. One of the biggest lessons is to stick with things when life gets tough. It is easy to want to shrink back or take an easier path or be distracted by social media. However with all of the noise, I knew that I needed focus.
This leads me up to this year.
My word is beauty. As I was thinking and praying about my word for the year, the word beauty kept coming to mind over and over again. At first I felt a little silly… beauty?! What kind of word is that? I figured another word would come to mind, but instead beauty kept coming to mind more and more.
One day as I was pondering the word and 2018, I realized why beauty was going to be my word of the year.
I want 2018 to be a year of beauty because I am learning to see the beauty in the mess. For far too long as someone who craves perfection, I was blinded by seeing the beauty in the the mess. I wanted things to be perfect in order to see the beauty.
The truth that kept coming to mind was that there is beauty in the mundane, right in the middle of the chaos there is beauty.
My focus is going to be:
Inward: Looking for the beauty in the mess of my everyday life.
Outward: Encouraging others to see the beauty in their mess.
Upward: Praising God for the messes, because it is in the mess that I realize my need for Him.
As a way to have my word constantly on my mind, I had Sam from Lettering and Company design a watercolor of my word. I am in love with how it turned out and also had her do one for my husband’s word, Trust. Definitely head over to check out her lovely shop!
If you have not made a word or have been hesitant about it, I encourage you to think about finding a word. I know it can seem like an overwhelming task to pick a word. If you are struggling with it, remember these tips:
- What growth would you like to see this year?
- What has been something you have been learning lately?
- Can you sum it up in a word or phrase?
If you have word of the year, please share in the comments below! I would love to hear what it is.
Now it is time for Welcome Wednesday! I loved kicking this off last week with my friends!
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