I’ve never really been into making New Year’s Resolutions. I think we all know that not many of us stick to them. When I was younger, my sisters and I would resolve silly things like fight more, eat more junk, etc. Now, it is more popular to choose a word of the year.
Whether you make New Year’s Resolutions or not, choosing a word of the year is something you might want to do too. It is something to focus on throughout the coming year.
It’s the new year already?
I need a redo for New Year’s Day. Christmas morning I woke up with a migraine, and then I had a headache the rest of the week. New Year’s Eve the flu hit me. I’ve been in bed this entire first part of January. That is discouraging for a blogger. All I wanted to do was sleep. So while I wanted to be writing an inspiring first of the year post, I slept. In the times I was awake, I was thinking about this word of the year thing. The only word that came to me was “heal.” You know, since I was so sick.
Then I thought, “That’s actually a pretty good word for me.” I feel like it’s been awhile since I’ve been totally well. There is a lot of healing I could focus on this year.
Heal my thoughts
I need to heal the way I think about myself. Maybe you do too. That negative self-talk that so many of us do has got to change. How many times have I told myself that I’m not as good as someone else? Comparing myself to others has to stop. I need my thoughts to heal.
God made me me. I am unique which means I am not supposed to be like anyone else. God didn’t make me particularly homemaker-ish. So when I compare myself to someone who has a perfectly clean and organized home, I feel like a failure! My house is lived in. I figured it would get better once my kids were older. Yeah, no. They just have more stuff.
I’m not crafty though I will attempt it at times. The thing is…no one in my family is crafty except for maybe one cousin who probably got it from her paternal side. My family laughs about our lack of domesticity. Grandma was good at shopping and traveling. I’m pretty good at those things too. So I can’t compare myself to the crafty bloggers out there, or I’ll feel like an epic failure. Saying, “I’ll never be as good as she is,” has got to stop.
Heal my body
My body is still recovering from the flu, but healing my body is more than that. I’ve got high blood pressure and high triglycerides. I eat too much junk. Yeah, I need to lose weight. Don’t we all? But it’s more than about what size I wear for me. The older I get, the more I don’t really care what people think about how I look. What you see if what you get.
I’ve done the fad diets, lost weight, and gained more back. They don’t work permanently. So I really don’t care if I lose weight this year; I just want to start healing my high blood pressure and triglycerides. I don’t want to be tired all of the time, and I don’t want to feel sick to my stomach most days.
My son is always watching documentaries, and though we all know they can be totally biased, there is some truth in most of them. A couple of weeks before Christmas, he was watching “What the Health” on Netflix, so I was watching with him. A lot of it was extreme, but a lot of it was doable too. We’ve heard that the Standard American Diet is not good for us. I can definitely agree with that. We eat too much junk.
My plan is to eat more plant based meals. If I actually ate the recommended number of fruits, veggies, nuts, grains, etc. I am sure I wouldn’t be craving so much junk. It’s a lot of laziness on my part, and I will be the first to admit it. I love healthy smoothies, but I don’t make them enough because I get lazy. I need to heal my body.
Heal my home
I have stuff. Remember that commercial for Rubbermaid, or some container company, where the family got the containers and organized all their stuff and once it was all put away they say, “We need more stuff!”? No. Just no. I have (WE have) too much stuff! Both kids still live at home, so I’ve got their stuff too! Some days it is just overwhelming for me. Again, that goes to my comparing myself to the perfect homemakers homes. If I spent all day watching “Hoarders” I’d be pretty proud of myself.
But I’ve got to heal my home. I need to organize my office and make it less distracting. I already get distracted too easily! While I was sick, I got on Pinterest and found some cute ideas about how I can organize my office, so I want to do that. I also want to find ways to make it that stuff that isn’t mine is either hidden or out of the way or looks cute.
Healing my home would help heal my thoughts too.
What’s your word?
I have seen a lot of great ones this year. One of my favorites is quality. I definitely need this one too. Quality over quantity can help me heal in a lot of areas. So what is your word? Share it below, and tell me why it’s your word.