Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Today while trying to organize my thoughts (a considerable feat) for the upcoming start of the New Year, I hit on exactly how I want to approach it. I thought it was such a good idea that I decided I would blog about it.

I was out running errands at the time, and as is usually the way of all bright and wonderful ideas, it disappeared by the time I returned home. So, I worked on my other blog for a while.

After a couple of hours, my mind still wouldn't budge... so I started making my rounds of the blogs I follow. Luckily, I popped onto the wishstudio blog where the Dec. 27, 2011, post was about a word of the year.

Intrigued, I clicked a link in that post to a 2007 post by Christine Kane. There it was ... an idea that was a bit different from mine but with enough similarity to remedy the log jam in my brain.

Her idea was to concentrate on a word rather than a New Year's resolution and have that word tell you how to be rather than how to live.

My idea was similar, but I had personalized it by picking my word and seeing myself using it to slow life down a bit.

Before I continue.... to satisfy your curiosity, my word is   ... DELIBERATE..., and here's how that one word is going to make a difference in my new year.

First of all, 2011 is all but over and I feel it never really started for me. I mean, I never got a firm grip on it.  Whoosh!!! It passed me like a speeding train, and I was too disorganized to slow it down or jump off.

I realize that the reason the year went too quickly is because I have just too many major projects going at once. For example, I have six blogs and am currently trying to eek out the time to write three books and keep up with my photography. I'm not looking for any sympathy here. I have done this to myself and I do love everything that I'm doing.  However, what I don't love is that it all seems out of control. word is ... DELIBERATE...

Everyday, deliberate will be the first word I say in the morning.(oh... some mornings I realize that "No Biting!!" will be the first words out of my mouth.... I have two new kitties I'm training and they do love to wake up my toes first); but most mornings I will remind myself that I'm going to approach life in a thoughtful and deliberate manner.  No more "piling on."  No more saying yes to everything. And, there will even be some priorities set and some activities eliminated or at least postponed.

I'm not sure how this will all work out, but I'll post an update now and then to let you know how I'm doing with it.

How are you planning to approach 2012?


Mariodacatsmom said...

Good luck. Sounds like a great plan. I've already cut back a little bit, but time WOOSHES away from me too.

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

I am approaching 2012 by now using the word "guilty" I am using that because I feel "guilty" that I complain about being stressed and am thinking "what nerve!" when I see that YOU are writing THREE books and SIX blogs and I am beyond stressed with only TWO word is "guilty"

Maryann Miller said...

Thanks for coming over to my blog and sharing your word. I was thinking of "mindful" and that is close to "deliberate." Hope you are able to maintain your resolution.

Eve said...

Hi Lou,
Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. I love the idea of using a word to start the day. A few that come to mind for me are "focus" and "gratitude". Best wishes for 2012! ~Eve