Wednesday, January 3, 2018

What Word? What Goals? What Resolutions?

Should I select a "word" this year?  Maybe a Phrase.  Maybe I should take it a step further and select a verb to eliminate from my vocabulary.  I decided I'm not going to select a word this year.  Who remembers the word YOU selected LAST year?  I don't.  I should have put it on my bulletin board.

This "word" thing got me to thinking about the concept of selecting a word to help you focus on the direction you want the new year to take. That made me realize that in every single year, the main thing I want is to enjoy what I do.

Then there are New Year Resolutions?  I NEVER make them.  The only one I have ever made and kept was to remember to write checks into my check register.  Technology has changed that.  Now I used a Card for just about every purchase and save receipts to compare to my balance on line.

And what about goals?  This is a hard task for me because basically I fly by the seat of my pants.

Word:  So if I did select a "word", it would be JOY.  Not to just enjoy what I do, but to find joy in everything, every day.  I will say NO to procrastination.

Resolution:  Eat less.  Eat more healthy food.  Say NO to nibbling and snacks, except for grapes.  I love Black Seedless Grapes.  To be willing to change things up in the garden landscaping.

Goals:  To participate in projects that I have committed to.  To always have more than one stitching project in process.  To get an early start on the pond landscaping.

Grateful:  That I am able to stay inside.  Yesterday our low temp was -15 with a wind chill of -33.  But I DID fill my bird feeders.

Tell me if you selected a Word, Set Goals or made Resolutions.  What are you grateful for today?

Happy New Year
xx, Carol

22 comments:

  1. I'm not one to make resolutions either. I have set goals in the past and even made progress on some last year. I'm off to a slow start this year and still thinking about how to proceed. Wishing you best of luck on your goals and resolutions and hoping you truly find Joy in all you do.

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  2. I tried the word thing for a few years... and like you forgot it soon after i chose it..

    Resolutions... I didn't make them during the years i chose a word therefor nothing got done...lol This year i may make a few.. but i might call them intentions..

    I like yours Carol.......... especially JOY.. if we can't find joy in our everyday existence then why are we here? !

    Hugs! deb

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  3. My word for 2018 will be "Thankful". I want to choose to live each and every day with a Thankful Heart. What am I grateful for? A very close member of our family was given a blessing from a donor transplant; she received a much needed Kidney (the day after Christmas). God is good. We are blessed.

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  4. Hi Carol lovely posts I am grateful for so many things to many to mention,I enjoyed your post Carol ,thankyou 💋

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  5. I don't do any of these things. However, if there was a word it would be "impeachment", a resolution, to work with a group to impeach, and a goal you got it impeach the insane, demented person in the white house. Whewwwww glad I got that off my chest. LOL I am working to inform people how to vote. We are lucky in Oregon, it is all done by mail. So no standing in long lines or special ID to vote.

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  6. Good word. I like the word joy. Visually it is cheery, and sound wise it makes me smile. It is also a lovely girls name.

    Yes, I have made 2018 resolutions. Starting off, it was easier to write the last poem of 2017 than it is the first of 2018. Two pages and only the first few lines are acceptable to me. I also said good bye to soda yesterday. :)

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  7. I was thinking of the word “care” but in my journal I accidentally? wrote “start” so I guess that’s the word for me! What do I need to start? Well, some classes since I’ve signed up for so many and I have some from last year I never even looked at! They cost too much to just ignore. Also, I need to start taking better care of myself. Like going back to the doctor who wanted to put me on statins. I don’t like taking medicine but then I do want to live a lot longer so...and I need to get back in to more exercise which lapsed with a cold, busyness and an elbow injury. I need to start ignoring some of the stupid and dangerous and insulting tweets from our so-called President or I will lose my mind! I’m not sure where else “start” fits as a word of the year. Any suggestions are welcome!

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  8. I don't have a word exactly, but I do have some Bible verses. From Luke 6, toward the end of the chapter, where Jesus is talking about loving those who don't love you-basically being merciful. I realize I need a lot of work in this area.
    Goals-to paint every day, to stop comparing myself with other artists.
    Grateful-for a warm house, and a way to keep my pets safe and warm and out of this weather.
    I love your word, 'joy.' It's perfect, and worth aspiring to every single day.

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  9. I don't make new year resolutions but last year I chose the word 'Joyful', which I remembered because I knitted a cushion with it on. I wasn't joyful all year but the cushion reminded me and made me smile from time to time. This year I'm hoping to be more purposeful with my blog and crafting because making things makes me happy and it so easily gets swept away by everyday life. I hope your year will be full of joy and I'm looking forward to following your blog adventures and seeing your stitching :) x

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  10. I am almost ashamed to write this..but no resolutions....I never pick a word. I would like to sew more, but I always think that. I have that as an on-going goal.

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  11. I did make quilting goals. Not really other goals, because I make those throughout the year, and I still have plenty of them to perfect. I didn't choose a word. If I had, it might have been service - to serve those around me and uplift those who need it. It's so easy to forget that life is not ALL about me. =) Joy is a good one. Man is that he might have joy. And woman, too! I don't make resolutions, either. I have no self-control, so what would be the point in resolving to control this or that thing? I wish you joy and progress in the ways you need to progress.

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  12. I love the feeling of being able to start fresh, and I don't always wait for the new year. About every 3-4 months, I do a bit of a re-set. The goals/resolutions are always pretty much the same--eat more vegetables, exercise, don't procrastinate, etc. :)

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  13. Hi Carol! No resolutions for me, no word, no goals. Just to keep going as I am, enjoying my life, doing good where I can and staying alive. I love your ideas though. And I wish you well in this new year. :) Kit

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  14. Hello! Thank you so much for popping by and leaving lovely comment on my blog! :)

    I've given up making resolutions and setting goals as I usually only manage to get to 3rd Jan before it all goes horribly wrong and end up feeling guilty! :D x

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  15. No words, no goals, no resolutions for me - mainly because I know I'm destined to fail on all of them. I suppose, truth be known, that I do have a goal though - to continue to use up my stash and therefore save money.

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  16. I dont actually have resolutions........but I do have hopes and plans.......that are sometimes not finished are seen through. I do plan just to enjoy every good day that comes my way and to make the most of it!

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  17. The more I get to know you, Carol, the more alike I see we are. No guiding word for me, or possibly I would say Gratitude could be my word. Awareness of all the beauty around me. I don't set specific goals but I do attempt to make and give away as many quilts as possible, while also making other smaller art pieces. I like to have a small hand stitch piece going on, as well as my mixed media stuff. During pauses I walk the dogs and feed the birds. Squeeze a little house work in there when I must.
    how is your jacket coming along? Ready for an update to us?

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  18. I don't make resolutions because I never keep them. Keep warm

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  19. Interesting post Carol. I will have to have a think about resolutions and plans as I never make them at the beginning of a new year. On the crafting front my `intention´ is to use up my fabric stash from years ago, as it would be nice to buy some new fabric.

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  20. Excellent post! If I chose a word, it would be focus. I'm easily distracted. Resolutions? mmmmm, no. Goals? I set them on a daily basis mostly, and for the more longer term, as needed. Hope your year is full of joy! Check out this post: http://createology.blogspot.com/2018/01/powder-room-finish.html

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  21. I've given up on resolutions, I never keep them, but sewing goals are different! They do keep me focused (some) and I do finish some of my UFOs . Joy to you and yours.

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  22. I don't do "word" or "goals" --as i never follow through with them. usually, I'm a "fly by the seat of my pants " (which, by the way have gotten WAY too large --but i digress lol)in most cases.
    Thanks for your comments--they didn't show up in my mailbox though??? hugs, Julierose

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