A new year, a new word.

by Lindsey on January 30, 2017

in Just Us

Every year people all over the Internet choose a word to guide them through the year. I have been doing this for a few years as well, and I can honestly say it has made a significant impact on my life.

In 2015, my word was Breathe, and I still can’t accurately put into words how it kept me grounded through some of the best and worst moments I’ll ever experience.

In 2016, my word was Embrace, and it helped me to completely wrap myself fully in every aspect of being a new mama to my bird. It reminded me to accept that I’ll never be perfect, that things change whether I want them to or not, and to slow down and just be here, in the present, enjoying every moment as it comes.

In 2017, my word is Commit. My hope is that it will encourage me to make better decisions about what I want, and give me the motivation to finish what I start.


Coincidentally, and long after deciding on this word for the year, the other day I was listening to the 10% Happier podcast with Dan Harris, and he was interviewing Gretchen Rubin. I haven’t read her book “Better than Before” (it’s now on my list!), but they were discussing a specific part of it that really resonated with me. Gretchen was describing her four tendencies — Upholder, Obliger, Rebel, and Questioner — and I immediately identified with the Obliger, or those who “meet outer expectations, but struggle to meet expectations they impose on themselves”.

If you asked my boss, or anyone else I work with, I think they’d tell you that when I’m given a project or task, I get it done, no questions asked, and on time, or even early, every single time. It’s just what I do.

On the other hand, though, if you asked my husband, he’d tell you that I often set myself up with all these grand plans, and then rarely follow through on them. I’m great about starting “all the things”, but I can probably count on one hand how many times I have actually completed a task I set for myself.

2017 is the year I want to change that.

The definition of Commit is “to carry into action deliberately”, and that’s exactly what I’m going for. I want to be more deliberate in my choices, so I’m more likely to follow through.

I’ve done a lot of brainstorming about what I really, truly, want, (and obviously that will be an ongoing process throughout the year as time goes on), and I’ve come up with a number of things I want to be diligent about this year.

  • This year I will commit to being my best self for my husband and my daughter. I’m going to make sure I’m taking better care of me, so I can take better care of them.
  • This year I will (re)commit to my husband. I’m going to put more effort into maintaining our relationship. This isn’t necessarily something I struggle with, but I figure it never hurts to love a little harder ♥
  • This year I will (re)commit to my Faith. I get confirmed into the Catholic Church on the Saturday night before Easter, and this RCIA journey has been life-changing thus far.
  • This year I will commit to moving my body everyday. Whether that means yoga, walking, running, or something else, it’s time for me to get off my butt. This month I’ve been doing Yoga with Adriene‘s #yogarevolution and I’ve been loving the daily practice!
  • This year I will commit to rekindling and maintaining friendships. Too many times we say “we should get together” but then never do. This year, we’re getting together!
  • This year I will commit to trying new things. Sarah from yesandyes.org makes a list of new things to try every year, and I’ve decided to make one of my own. I’ll post the full list at another time, but a couple things on it include (1) learn how to make soft pretzels, (2) take film photos with my YashicaFlex vintage camera (after getting it cleaned!), and (3) go kayaking.
  • This year I will commit to capturing and documenting. I want to take more pictures of our day-to-day and use Project Life to record our story. (I also have a couple pages left to complete Althea’s baby book!)

I’m super excited to see where my word takes me this year! I’m participating in Ali Edwards’ One Little Word class to hold myself accountable and reflect on my progress, and I’ll occasionally post updates here. I hope you’ll enjoy following along. :)

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