My One Word for 2013: Purpose

Every year, people I know make resolutions to diet, go to the gym, and save money.  I always say that I don’t make new year resolutions, but it’s easy to get caught up in the swing of everyone else’s positive momentum — even if it only lasts for a couple of weeks!   I sit around and hear about all the positive things my friends and family intend to accomplish over the course of the next year, and I can always think of a few things to add to my own mental list.

My list isn’t any different from the majority of the population — I could handle eating better, getting more exercise, being more organized, cleaning out my closets, saving money…  all of those standard resolutions.

I rarely tell anyone about my ‘resolutions’, which could be part of the reason I fail at them.  I’ve never really set myself up for success in any of those ventures…  It’s not really a resolution so much as it is a fleeting thought that “Hey, I should work on that too!”

This year, I read about the one word challenge from a few different bloggers that I follow.  if you don’t know what it is — you can find out off the pretty button below:

Immediately, I wanted my one word to be “ME”.  I don’t spend a lot of time actually taking care of me, and I need to focus on that…

But I wanted something that I could make a collage around, or get a bracelet or necklace as a reminder.  It seemed a little off to hang artwork that said “ME” on my wall…  Someone suggested I go with “Moi” and go with a Miss Piggy theme, and I thought about it for a second, but Miss Piggy didn’t really convey what I was trying to accomplish!

I thought about it for a while, and while I was stumped I made a list of all the things I wish I could do better:

  • Plan my meals
  • Exercise
  • Spend more quality time with my family
  • Have more time with friends
  • Spend less time on the computer
  • Get more sleep
  • Read More
  • Pamper myself
  • Stick to a budget / Save Money
  • Clean out every corner of the house
  • Have a system to keep things organized
  • Etc…

I kept looking at the list I made and kept coming back to asking myself ‘why’. Why do I want to do these things?  Most of it is just wanting better for not only myself, but for my family.  My purpose in life is largely to be a good parent and set a good example for Averie.  Are the choices I’m making really helping me fulfill that purpose?

I 'borrowed' someone elses image until I get my very own special pretty made by Only A Breath!

Can I fix all that in one year?  Ha!  Doubtful.  I’m not even sure that there are enough hours in the day to carry out all of that, but that doesn’t mean I can’t at least regroup and try to remember why I’m here and focus on my purpose.  Before I spend an evening holed up on the couch cuddling with my laptop, I need to remember that my purpose in life isn’t to cuddle my computer.  (I mean, I love all my blogging friends, but no less!)

I’m going to make a point to remember my purpose more often this year and try to make decisions keeping that purpose in mind.

So I started with shopping (naturally!)

Although I buy things for myself all the time (consequently breaking my budget), it’s rarely with purpose.  Today I ordered something for myself that has a meaning — and a purpose.  And it fit in my budget.  I’m excited for it to come in the mail!  I ordered a bracelet from The Rusted Chain stamped with a quote I felt was fitting to help me stay on track.  I’ll share once I have it in with a bit of an update on how things are going, but aren’t they pretty?

Rusted Chain Bracelets



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