Wednesday, January 01, 2014

one little word 2014

Well, hello and Happy Twenty-Fourteen!

I hope your holidays were spectacular. Over here in Blah Blah Land, we were felled by nasty colds the week before Christmas. By 3 pm Christmas Day, the kids were still not out of their pajamas and any chance of us getting to my in-laws' for dinner was twisting in the wind, as neither Sweet Dub nor I could summon the gumption to peel ourselves off the couch. We actually did not do much of anything until the weekend. You'd think I could sit down at the keyboard at least once but obviously I was just too far gone for even that!

Moving on: here we are, and I have spent some precious moments doing a bit of a "Year in Review" in my journal and setting some priorities (NOT resolutions, you know how I am) for the coming year. I also caught up a bit on my blog reading and ran across the "one little word" concept, thanks to Elise over at enJOY it. I think I vaguely remember it from last year, when I considered it but decided then to create a mantra rather than just one word. I am a late adopter.

At any rate, one little word is a concept originally developed by Ali Edwards. She asks:

Can you identify a single word that sums up what you want for yourself in [the coming year]? 
It can be something tangible or intangible. It could be a thought or a feeling or an emotion. It can be singular or plural. The key is to find something that has personal meaning for you.

The idea is to find a word that you want to guide your steps over the next year. One little word didn't come to me right away -- I considered and rejected several, and then: STRETCH popped into my mind. Ba-bam, that's the one.

Why STRETCH? Because in 2014:

I want to move my body more.
I want to expand my horizons.
I want to get outside of my comfort zone.
I want to increase and enhance my skills.
I want to move beyond my current parameters.

I don't, however, want to increase my waistline. STRETCH pants are not the angle I'm going for. (Although I did get two new pairs of yoga pants for Christmas and they are bomb.)

How's about you? You got one little word?


Bridget said...

My one little word last year was "Freedom." Apparently it's harder to obtain that previously thought, so I am single-mindedly choosing the same word again.

And applying it all the hell over the place.

Lisa Blah Blah said...

Oh, Bridget, I feel you. I am trying to think of something encouraging to say but all I got this morning are platitudes - stick with it! keep moving forward! - and well, blech to that. But we have all been there, wanting a different path but not seeing a way. The more you put it out there the more help you will get, or at least that's been my experience. I wish you freedom this year! Sending good vibes from down south.