Sunday, January 1, 2012

Planning, printing and praying

It seems to be a theme for me at this time of year to plan out the new one, do a lot of printing (I make my own calendar) and to pray a lot that I will focus on the right things and act on them.  It can be so easy to get caught up in other's New Year resolutions and to make my goals big to match theirs but as I get older I am getting more realistic.  I know I have some areas I want to work on in my personal life and my work (SAHM) life.  I will be setting reasonable goals in each, things I can work on in little steps, because life as a mother of 4 boys can sometimes (all of the time?!?) direct me in paths that I had not planned.

I know some people have been thinking of a theme word for 2012.  Last year my word was decisive.  I had a printout on my wardrobe of what it meant to me.  As I went past it blearily every morning and every evening I did glance at it.  Some days it had more influence than others.  This year I think I will do the same, have a word to focus on, but I am going to read it more deliberately.  Having a focus for a whole year is a good idea I think.

So my word for this year is Act.

The parts of the definition I like are these from Brainy Quote.

  • A state of reality or real existence as opposed to a possibility or possible existence.
  • To move to action; to actuate; to animate.
  • To perform actions; to fulfil functions; to put forth energy; to move, as opposed to remaining at rest; to carry into effect a determination of the will.
I particularly like the part of carrying into effect a determination of the will.  Isn't that exactly what goals are, a determination of the will?  I love it.

Have a great new year.  Please drive safely during this holiday season.

Best wishes


  1. I am doing the opposite of you this year and have chosen twelve goals, one to achieve each month! I felt that last year was not enough about me and too much about the kids.

    But I might choose a word to focus on too. I think it's a great idea.

  2. I like the idea of having a 'word' to focus on for the year! My main goal is 2 words though - but I think I might print them and put them up -(Use it! - meaning all those things we have in the house that never get used, read, played with, etc - this year they will!)

    Thanks for the inspiration! Wishing you a fabulous 2012!

    Jill @ Be Our Best


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