Last year, I made a One Word Resolution (last year’s word). A word that had multiple meanings for me and that I was able to come back to throughout the year when I needed direction. This year, I keep coming back to the word, “Listen”. I’m not sure why, but since I can’t shake it, I’m going to embrace it.
For me, “Listen” means:
~ listening more to others. Talk less (that won’t come naturally) and let others talk. I think it’s important that people feel heard. I also know that we often learn more when we listen.
~ listening to my intuition. I’ve always had gut instincts and I’ve found that if I tune in and follow where they are leading me, things go pretty well. When I ignore those instincts….I usually regret it.
~ listening to my surroundings. I think that when we slow down and take in the sounds around us…wind blowing, birds chirping, children laughing that we feel more joy.
~ listening to my body. Should I be moving more. Resting more. Eating more (that will never be the case!). Eating less (probably).
It’s one thing to make an intention of a word, but when you write it down it has power. That’s why I love the new handwritten collaboration between Waiting on Martha & Jenn Gietzen of Write On Design.
Select a word that will represent you in 2015 and Jenn will write it for you, along with the year and your initials.
This offer is exclusive and only good until January 31st….so get your word on!
Instead of the pressure of a resolution or the gravitas of a goal, I truly found a word as a guiding light, something I could keep coming back to.
pve design says
Beautiful to think that one word can be the guide or resolution for a brand new year. I think my word will be "believe" – xo
I Dream Of says
How lovely, Elizabeth. You inspired me last year with your one word and it was funny how this year's word popped into my head without me even having to think about it – and even funnier that Patricia and I have the same word "believe."
Your focus on "listen" seems like such a good one, in all it's forms. Listening is a kind of focus, and is something I know that I could be better at, too. Good food for thought.
I love seeing creativity at work and just love this collaboration between Waiting on Martha and Write on design.
Here's to a year of listening and believing and all that this awareness brings! XOXO
The enchanted home says
I love that idea!!If I had to chose one word for me, think it would have to be "patience" lol. I don't profess to have the most in that dept:) and there is room for improvement!
Listen is a great one too…..this is a beautiful and inspiring concept. Enjoy your day and stay warm…its soooo cold out there!
What an excellent idea! A long list of resolutions for 2015 is daunting. Focusing on ONE part of your life or single word is much more realistic. Enjoy your day today Elizabeth! xxleslie
I love this!! Intentions are the first step to changing your life and the world…not the road to hell! One word..I'll have to think of something powerful!
I like this idea. Makes so much more sense that having a traditional resolution.
I'm not sure what my word would be – but I like the idea of applying the word Listen.
Sandy at You May Be Wandering says
I love this idea! My word of the year is "balance"…check back with me in December and I will let you know how it worked out! I love all of the nuances you found for the word "listen". xoxo
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