2013 already?! I feel like I was just sitting down thinking about the new year of 2012 stretching before me.
Last year, for the first time, I chose a word that I was going to use to define my year- the word was COURAGE. Did I live up to my word? Not as much as I envisioned. I did start to listen to myself and my needs more. I stopped (this is a major work in progress) comparing myself to others and am learning to be OK with my imperfect self. I make mistakes- daily. I would say that is what makes me human.
My heart is to live simply, creatively, and joyfully all with some sprinkling of quiet that my soul craves daily.
I have started this blog, Simply Joyful Living as a journal and an experiment. It's one thing to have a desire to live simply, to nurture creativity, and to seek out joy. It's quite another to have some accountability. This blog will help hold me accountable and keep me focused on this journey.
My word for 2013 is BALANCE. I struggle with balance in my daily life. I'm a homeschooling mother of 3, recovering perfectionist, distracted by technology kind of gal, with some procrastination thrown in to keep things really exciting around here. My goal is to wrestle this busy, distracted, unfocused bull to the ground and focus on living in the sweet victory of peace, creativity, and joy.
It's time to conquer busyness and life life abundantly.
How will adding a blog to my already full days accomplish the task of Simply Joyful Living? That's where the experiment comes into play. I hit the big-40 this past year and have been struggling with the fact that, after 40 years, I still haven't really pursued the writing that I loved years ago. I let responsibilities weigh me down and had forgotten the desire of my younger self. Over the past 4 years I have dabbled in blogging and writing but nothing has been consistent. Then, Jeff Goins entered my world (through Joshua Becker - another awesome guy shaping the way I focus my life). Jeff told me that I am a writer (you can get his manifesto here). The longer I read his blog, the more I believed him. But, believing in something can only get you so far.
It's time to walk my talk.
My goal as a parent (homeschooling or not), is for my kids to be lifelong learners. I want them to have the desire and realization that a life well lived is about constant learning and change. To be content with life and to accept who they are, but to always be working towards a better life and a better world. How can I really teach them my heart's desire if I don't live it? I want to be an example to my kids. It won't be easy- worthwhile endeavors rarely are.
BALANCE. Living simply, joyfully, creatively. Fighting the busyness and distractions in our constantly moving world to savor the joy we all have within reach. Is anyone with me?
What's your word for 2013?