A few years ago I learned to give up creating resolutions. Because let’s face it, nobody ever keeps them including me! When I entered into the handmade community, I was introduced to the idea of choosing a word for the year. A word to give direction and set the tone for the year. So, I decided to give it a try!
So as I began to try to come up with a word the first time, I had trouble choosing one. Out of nowhere a word started to come to mind. And every time I tried to think about my word for the year, it would come to mind again. So I eventually realized it was meant to be my word for the year. And every year since, it has been the same way. My words tend to choose me rather than me choosing them. I never really seem to know why I choose the words I do until the year plays out. But they always seem to be exactly what I need in all aspects of my life.
In 2016 my word was Faith. And I really held onto it and needed it as it proved to be a rough year. I not only was hit with budget cuts from my teaching position, but then a few months later I watched as my stepmom died of lung cancer.
In 2017 my word was Focus. This was the year I found my organization through planning, but made a real transition from my crochet shop into running Craft Penguin Planner. It was not something that was planned, but I needed a lot of focus as I ran 2 shops for a while before eventually closing The Craft Penguin.
In 2018 my word was Persevere. The year was filled with some definite moments that just required me to keep my head up and push through no matter how hard it was. It was also a time of real growth for CPP and required me to work hard to keep moving forward.
My word for 2019 actually came to me a little differently than in the past. With things going on in my life it just seemed like the most logical choice for a word since some of the things I would like to achieve this year revolve around it! So, this year my word is…
My husband and I have started to focus on reducing clutter in our home and getting rid of a lot of things and we plan to do more of it over the next few months. Then recently as I was organizing stickers, I realized I was running out of space and that I need to use a lot of what I have rather than ordering more (I’m a huge supporter of other shops as well despite having my own). That was the moment Minimize came to mind.
Here is the way I foresee this playing out this year:
- Minimize clutter (both within my home and in my shop- I need to get rid of junk and unused things in my house and excess listings in my shop for items that don’t often sell)
- Minimize spending (and use what I have instead of buying more)
- Minimize my waist (I need to continue to focus on my weight and overall health)
- Minimize excuses, distractions…. focus on those things that are important
I’m sure the year will show me other ways my word will be applied since it always seems to show me the way. I’m keeping a positive outlook that 2019 will be a great year and that Minimize will prove to be a good word for the year!