Maybe you have, or maybe you haven't, heard about the trend that's been going on for several year's now. It involves choosing a word to base your year around. Some people choose a word and then set goals based on that word, others choose to simply focus on their word throughout the year. After some contemplation, I chose the word joy for 2018. This is my first time to pick a word for the new year, and I thought I would give it a try.
I picked joy because I felt like I had gotten into a funk--in my parenting, in my relationship with Graham, in my scripture reading and prayer, pretty much in every aspect of my life. I wanted to choose to focus on the good, to remember to find joy in the small, everyday moments. I have a printout from A Mother Far From Home that I used to brainstorm and flesh out my choice of word for 2018. One of the pages is taped onto the wall in my bedroom so I can see it every day.
Some tangible, track-able goals I have for 2018 are as follows:
- Read 50 books (as in, non-picture books). I use Goodreads to keep track of my reading and I love it! I talk about it often and love it as a way to not only keep track of what I am currently reading but to also add books to my "want to read" shelf. In 2017 I think I finished the year with 31 books read. (In 2016, I believe I hit 40.)
- Go to the temple at least once with Graham
And that's it!
For everything else, I want to remember to choose joy and I have some changes that I would like to see because of it. And I kinda sorta have a goal to post once a month on here...we'll see. I think I can make it happen, I just need to reevaluate my expectations for my posts. ;)
Also, I'm tossing the idea about in my head to choose a scripture to memorize each month (about joy) as well. This month I chose 2 Nephi 2:25 "Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy." An easy one for me because I have it memorized from my early morning seminary days.
Books I've finished this month: as of today, none. But I am very close (2 chapters left) to finishing The Secret Garden with Evie.
Books I'm currently ("category" noted in parentheses): The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (read aloud) , Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World by Emily P. Freeman (nonfiction), Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (fiction), and The Miracle of Forgiveness by Spencer W. Kimball (Sunday).
Do you choose a word? Set goals? What are you currently reading? (I think everyone should set reading goals.)