Have you jumped on the One Little Word bandwagon yet? It’s a simple way to find a focus for the new year, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed having one little word for the past two years.
And my word for 2016 is . . .
I want to focus on enjoying what I have and where I am in life right now. It’s so easy to get caught up in the have–nots and the “in the future . . . ” way of thinking, and I want to soak up where I am right at this moment. I also want to think more carefully about “stuff”—clothing, household items, notebooks (I’m looking at you, Rifle Paper Co.) —so that I am a good steward of both money and possessions.
It was easy not to have much when we lived in our teensy tiny apartment, but I don’t want to start accumulating things we don’t need simply because we have room for them now. My home is not a storage facility or a warehouse or a staging ground for what was so cute or so inexpensive or so maybe–someday–I’ll–need–it.
I also want to be content in little daily ways. I know this sounds silly, but I want to enjoy getting dressed in the morning, sitting down to have a cup of tea, checking out the produce at my local CSA, cooking and eating dinner with my husband, reading before bed. You know how you really look forward to a vacation and all of the fun stuff you’ll get to do? I want to look forward to my everyday life like that.
I think focusing on contentment will help me appreciate what I have and realize how blessed I am. It’s so easy to overlook that, you know?
How about you? Do you have a word for 2016? I love hearing what other people’s words are!