Yes My Word For The Year Is “Innovation”…What’s Yours?
I never asked any of you but do any of you have an new years resolutions? I don’t really have resolutions this year they are more like declarations and no I did not look up the difference LOL! The other day I was at my friend Bridgette’s house and she showed me a handmade gift she had received over the holidays and I absolutely loved it. She shared with me that she was in a Bible Study Group and each person had chosen a word for the year (last year) and that her word was “Balance”. I just listened and like a lot of things just mulled this over and really reflected on how much I liked the gift she had received. So a couple of days later I see one of those Facebook quizzes you know the kind that can read your mind and all that good stuff. So I took the plunge and I took the one that says “What is your word for 2016?” and my word for the year was “Innovation” and I thought “Wow this really resonates with me and that’s really cool because my tagline at my blog is “Where homesteading & Innovation Meet” and then I looked up the definition of “Innovation” and you know what it means is basically to change….this past year was one of great change for me it was not all good, it wasnot all bad…it just was. The change in my heart is so different for the coming year I wish I could explain it……
So in the spirit of change I have decided to do more of the following in 2016:
Pay more forward.
Look at the ocean more.
Cleaning is my new form of meditation and it’s working I feel so relaxed. Laughter is my new therapy and it’s so easy to visit with family and laugh or pop in something fun on Netflix.
Doesn’t sound for the most part very industrious and yet I have been doing more of this over winter break and my house is cleaner than it’s been in ages. Just making a little time for fun and dreaming et…all is creating huge change in my life already and the new year has just begun.
2015 for me was a year loaded with heart ache some I have shared and some I have not but I will tell you all the Viking and I are gonna’ be okay. We are grateful for each day we have with each other and our family. My husband has a song he loves I don’t know which one it is but it has the lyrics in it “You gotta’ love the ones you’re with!” he reminds me of this often. Folks will come in an out of our lives we must determine our attitudes about this whether we lose them to death or whether they just don’t choose to be in our lives anymore.
I believe in the “Homesteading Spirit” you know the kind of spirit that Laura Ingalls had my childhood heroine and other “Real Living off the land Pioneers” that have come before me. They had a quality that I highly revere called “fortitude” my children heard about it all the time growing up whether they wanted to or not. I would say “fortitude” makes the difference between the strong and the weak and with fortitude comes discipline and a strong mindset. I am thankful for that quality and it’s one I treasure. I realized though doing what you have always done doesn’t make you “Innovative” so that is why I chose this word I’m not giving up on fortitude but I am open to change and accepting that it can be a good thing. Change is scary and this past year I had way more than I ever wanted but this change “Innovation” isn’t always calling for big huge changes. Innovation is calling for me to look at my life my relationships, and my moments differently and well I’m game.
On to the blank slate 2016 it’s an opportunity wide open and really the sky is the limit but the truth is I really want to laugh more, garden more and sleep more LOL! Seriously. I am grateful for all of you on the journey with us! So what is your word for 2016?
I wish you all a beautiful week…until next time.