Happy 2017! I’ve seen many people post that they’re really glad 2016 is over. Whether because of world events or personal situations, I get it. It wasn’t my best year, either. But I’ve also learned more and more as I’ve gotten older that time flies way too fast, so I celebrate the passing of another year with caution. I am more conscious about trying to slow things down and enjoy each moment. Our priest talked today in church about God being in our moments of despair as well as the moments of joy. I can recognize in my own life how God has worked through some pretty crappy stuff. So I move into a new year with gratitude for the learning experiences, the moments that have strengthened me, and for all of the good that the past year has brought. I’m also grateful for a new year to start fresh and to hopefully do better where I feel like I failed last year. It’s also a great time to evaluate where my priorities and time need to shift. And it’s a fabulous time to get organized!
I’ve already begun organizing my home for the new year, and I hope you’ll join me this month as we organize our home and life! For me nothing feels quite as good as having my home in order. I’m able to think more clearly, have less distractions, and am able to focus on the things I really want to do. I don’t waste time looking for lost things, I’m less likely to forget to take care of something with a deadline, and being organized helps me to save money! I won’t be able to post every day, but throughout the month we’re going to get organized…TOGETHER…roughly in this order:
Week 1: Daily routines, home office/command center, meal planning and budget
Week 2: Kitchen pantry, cabinets, fridge/freezer, countertops and under the sink
Week 3: Bedrooms, closets, bathroom
Week 4: Living room, basement
I’m excited to get organized and I’m excited to get back to regular blogging. I know, I said it many, many, MANY times last year. Yet somehow I never quite got around to all that goes into blogging…not just the projects but taking the photos, editing the photos, and writing. I got a job outside of the home, and adjusting to that was a challenge. But I miss it A LOT. This is my passion and where I want to devote my time.
So as I have been making plans about what things I want to accomplish this year and how to best use my time, I also considered what my “word of the year” could be. What one word would represent what I want to do, and motivate me to do it whenever I see it? That’s a tall order from one word!
My past words have included “simplify”, “balance”, and “faith”. While all those continue to be important words, I didn’t want to replicate, and fortunately I grew in the right direction each year that I focused on one of these words.
As I thought about this year’s word, I kept coming around to the concept of “just do it”, but that’s a phrase, not a word, and it’s already taken. 😉 So I shortened it to “DO”. I realize that it’s not a very glamorous word, but it was a good fit for what I wanted. I was leaning towards “do” but continued brainstorming when I came across this word and knew this was it…
I think my biggest setback this past year was just complete overwhelm. And if you’ve ever been overwhelmed by a project, a mess, or a busy schedule, you know that the hardest part is just knowing where to START. And that’s where this word of the year comes in.
When I’m overwhelmed to the point that I don’t know what to do and wind up spinning around doing nothing, I just need to START.
When I think I won’t have enough time to complete a specific task or project and come close to blowing any time that I could have used productively, I just need to START.
When I look back on a wasted moment, a choice I regret, a habit that’s been hard to change…I need to just START moving in the right direction.
I’m guessing this word could be a great fit for you, too. I think we all have areas of our life where we want to improve…health and fitness, personal relationships, professional pursuits…and the biggest step we can take towards succeeding at any of them is to START.
I came across this quote recently and it really hit home.
“Small progress is still progress” – unknown
My word of the year and this quote will be part of my inspiration board (something I’m working on in the office!). I can’t wait to get STARTed with you! Here’s to a fabulous 2017!
What are your goals/resolutions for the new year? What organizing projects do you hope to accomplish? Let me know in the comments below!