Wednesday, January 04, 2012

{A word for 2012}

As I've had time to contemplate just what exactly my one word would be for the year I reflected on last year's word and attempted to mentally check off if I had met all the goals I had linked to that one word.

I think overall my attempts at being more present with my life did happen. I did find that there were times that looking ahead or reviewing the past were necessary to be more present and helped me be who I was during the present.

Yes there were times when I really didn't feel like putting down my book and being in the present with my kids and I will say the book won more than a few times, but just being more aware of making more of an effort helped me stay in the present more so than not.

This year's word sort of builds on and intertwines with last year's word.As I wrote this word on the paper lanterns we sent off on the Eve of the new year (thanks goes to my brother Sean and his wife Cari for the newly established tradition) and watched it float into the cold night sky I felt a blast of determination billow the sails of my soul and I knew the word I had chosen was the one for me.For me this word, NURTURE, means so much and gives such a broad way of interpreting and applying to myself and my life.

Nurture. Feed. Give of.

01. Nurture my relationship with myself. Rid myself of insecurities or at least try and nurture the good qualities I possess or wish to possess. Feed the good.

02. Nurture my relationship with Bret. Being married takes work! Add to the mix my strong personality and love of a good battle of words and you're playing with fire. Fire that could provide warmth or fire that could burn...it's a fine line! This year I want to try and nurture my marriage relationship. Feed it with patience, give of myself without expecting a gold star of recognition and have fun.

03. Nurture my children. Each one is different. Each one needs something different. I will figure out what each needs and nurture. I want them to be able to come to me for anything and know I am not perfect (I'm sure they are more than aware of this already...but just in case).


What is your one little word of the year?

9 comments:

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot said...

I love the lantern! Where did you guys find one? I have been looking all over town!I hope you have a wonderful and nurturing 2012!

Rachel said...

I love this post it had made me really think. I still am struggling with what my word would be, I am thinking patience it is a thing I struggle with a lot that and slowing down and just enjoying life but I think that may be able to go with patience. Thanks Erica for inspiring me!

Sol said...

Excellent word. our word I have decided is "Together".

make more decisions together, have more together time. Plan together...

Hays said...

perfect word. i love it. happy new year!

William said...

Great new word for 2012. Mom picked a phrase instead of a word.....Make 2012 the best year yet! You women have the best ideas!

Sarah said...

Love it. Love the lantern and love the word. Happy new year!! :)

{natalie} said...

i love the idea of the lanterns. how cool. i would love to do that at the beach sometime.

Anonymous said...

does the flame burn out? how do you know you wont set something on file when it lands??

{Erica} said...

I was worried about the flame and it starting fires too.

The lantern goes straight up and by up I mean WAY UP! The flame is this wax that starts on fire and burns out before the lantern even starts to fall. We could barely spot the lanterns in the sky to see the fire burn out.