2014 Word for the Year

Happy 2014!  I hope your new year started of fabulously.

Last year, I went about the usual new year way and made a whole bunch of resolutions.  I won’t even begin to pretend I accomplished most of them.  I guess that is the thing about resolutions…they stick around from year to year because we rarely accomplish the goals tied to them.

So, this year, I decided I would change my strategy a little bit and go for a word of the year instead.  My word for the year:
balance Yep, balance.  I know we all talk a lot about trying to achieve balance in our lives when it comes to work and “life.”  I am taking the idea of balance and applying to all aspects of my life in 2014.  Of course, work/life balance is totally key.  I want to ensure that I don’t spend so much time wrapped up in the business of my blog or working at my 9-5 that I miss all the exciting things that happen in our every day life.
l_397bf980-d324-11e1-b466-a9f907600007 The things I do outside of working totally provide inspiration for my blog. So, why don’t I step away from the computer or smart phone and do them more?  I will definitely be focusing on doing just that during 2014.  It may mean a few more posts here but it {hopefully} also means that the posts you do get will be more inspiring and better.

Another big place I need is balance is in eating.  I refuse to diet because I know the results are short lived and rarely does anyone stick with a diet.  But, I recognize the need for a much healthier lifestyle too!  I fully recognize that some of my injuries during 2013 could have been much less of an injury had I been in better shape and overall healthier.
healthy-food-versus-unhealthy-food I know myself though and know that the idea of giving up desserts (like chocolate eclair cake or s’mores) or wine just isn’t going to last very long.  So, instead of seeking to just cut all that stuff out and failing, I am going to look for a better balance of healthier items (like clean eating orange chicken stir fry) and the ones I know I love.  Maybe something closer to 50/50 than the current 80/20 :)

I’ll try to check in throughout the year and share my progress towards achieving balance.

In the meantime, what is your word of the year?   Or , if you prefer goals/resolutions, share those too! I’d love to hear all about them.

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  1. Balance is an excellent way to go into the new year. I don’t have a word, but I’m thinking if I did it would be something like intentional.
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  2. Balance is a great word. We all need balance in our lives. Like Ying and Yang balance is what keeps us going.
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  3. Balance is a great word for the new year. Very inspirational, too. We all need it, but we don’t know how to get it!! I am certain following you this year will be both inspirational and balancing for all of us.
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  4. Balance. I definitely need to work on that. Balancing work and being a mom, balancing working, being a mom, and trying to lose weight. Work and cleaning the house. Oh there’s plenty to try and work through and find a good routine and schedule and what works for us!
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  5. Balance is a great word, especially for moms like us who tend to always be juggling so many roles and tasks.
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  6. Balance is a great word for the year. I’m still trying to pick mine. I know, late, as ever.
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  7. I haven’t done resolutions for years now. I think it’s a really great idea to pick a word instead of all those resolutions. Have to think on my word though 😀
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  8. I love your outlook because it is real and honest. I used to be an all or nothing person with NO Balance, but I have been learning to be more successful by doing what you said and trying to get to 50/50.
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  9. Balance is such a good goal to have. It is easy to get bogged down in the goals I don’t meet so this year my goal is to the best I can be and be steadfast in whatever I do.
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  10. What a strong word that so many of us don’t anything about, ha, ha, ha… I have a tendency to throw myself into things 110% and forget about the basics of life, so this is a great word for me!

  11. Balance is a fantastic word. Brings things all together.
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  12. Great word–I hope it brings a great year for you!

  13. I need more balance in my life!

  14. This is a goal that is doable and one that I need more of myself!
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  15. That’s a great choice! This is my first year with a little one and I’m going back to work in a week. I’ll need to work hard to balance family, work, my home and my blog (that just sounds exhausting!)
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  16. balance is a good choice. i need – and have been working hard on- balance w blog and family. it’s easy for blog stuff to overtake everything.
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  17. I need a ton of balance in my life. I admit, I am an all or nothing girl. I need to find a middle though.
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  18. Great word!
    Mine is Trust.
    We have so much going on that right now I need to refocus my attention on the drivel and trust that God will provide. I’m sure balance will sneak in once things settle down.
    I’m like you with the 80/20 ratio.
    Too much day and not enough hours in it!

  19. Balance is a great focus word for 2014. I sometimes get so overwhelmed with my new blog venture and get out of tilt with my time. And I am not far behind with my eating habits. My focus word is better. I want to do Better in all aspects of my life to make me the best mom I can be.
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  20. Love your post and word! My word is persevering! Balance can be a hard thing to strive for when there is so much to be done in a day! Good luck!
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  21. yes! I feel like my life is a constant juggling act – too much on my plate!
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  22. Perfect word choice! I definitely aspire to achieve balance, but it’s going to be a long work in progress for me. My word is Fresh.
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  23. I like the idea of balance as the word of the year. It offers so many possibilities and interesting options.
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  24. Hmmm. Balance. That word sound nice… I’m not so sure if that is possible for me. It’s always so chaotic around here. I can always try though!
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