The Word of the Year is Intentional.

For the past several years I have chosen a word of the year for myself. That word is/was chosen to be an inspiration for me as go through the upcoming year’s endeavors. In preparation of planning the upcoming year’s goals I chose the word Intentional.

After I chose my word, I watched Jen from Pretty Neat Living vlog talk about her word of the year and how she broke it down into subcategories. I was impressed by this and felt that breaking my word down into categories it would help keep the word and its implications at the forefront of my thoughts and actions.

The first subcategory that falls under my word intentional is spiritual life. In order to be intentional with this category I am intending to read the Bible completely through during 2021. I have teamed with a few others who have also have this goal. We are all following a plan using the Bible app. It helps to have others to keep you accountable.

I have also joined with a few friends and family members in an online book club where the books are spiritual in topic. We have all suggested a book and the books are randomly put on our reading list. Then we read a chapter each week and meet via Zoom to discuss that week’s chapter. This has been a wonderful growing opportunity, especially during this pandemic.

The next subcategory under my word Intentional will be in the area of finances. Even though I always intend to be more intentional in the ways I handle my finances, I am sorely lacking in this vital area of my life.

I plan on starting a Frugal Friday on this blog in the here future. I got this idea from Kristen on The Frugal Girl. Hopefully, that should not only help me be more intentional with my finances, but also help inspire you to be more intentional with your financial goals.

Finally, the last subcategory for my word of the year is in the area of home. As I thought about this area I realized this is a pretty broad topic in which to be intentional. So breaking it down a little further, I want my home to envelop those who enter with feelings of love and happiness. It should be inviting and provide a calmness to those who are seeking a refuge from the demands and chaos of life. I plan on achieving this through the use of the colors I choose for my home, the art displayed and the food I offer to guests. I feel like these attributes are contagious and will inspire those who enter my home.

What is your word of the year? How are you planning to implement it?

My life verse.

Determination

 

As I have begun to get more serious about blogging, I have found that is much more to this besides just writing for  pleasure. This has been a lot of work and continues to show me how little I actually know about the blogging process. But, I have the mind set that if someone tells me I can’t do something, then I become very determine to show them how wrong they are. I am a very determined person. Therefore, since I have chosen this new venture I have chosen my word of the year to be determination.




Several years ago, when my 9 year old granddaughter was  five, she was struggling with gymnastics. She had been diagnosed with ADHD and had a lot of trouble waiting patiently in line for her turn. I got to the point that she almost was asked to leave until she matured. At this point the owner of the gym took her under his wing and began working with her one-on-one. It was during one of these sessions that he asked her to flip over a bar and back again without letting her feet touch the floor. We watched as she struggled to hoist herself back over the bar. The determination in her little face said it all. She was going to accomplish this feat no matter how long it took her. And she did accomplish it even though it took her at least 20 minutes. We should all be so determined so achieve the goals we have set forth in our lives. 



 Look at the picture below of the little boy trying his best to climb the steps. He is a determined little soul who has no doubt in his mind that he will make it to the top.  Let’s have some of his determination and faith when trying to achieve our goals.

I began my married life at an early age. I was a stay-at-home mom until about age 32. It was then that the opportunity presented itself for me to begin taking some college classes. `I was just curious to see if I could do that calliber of work. So I signed up for one writing class first thing in the morning. I was usually home before the kids were out of bed. I loved it. I loved the writing, the fellowship of my classmates, and the challenge of the work. By the end of the semester I was determined to go back to school and get a degree. I was determined.

That determination earned me honors upon my undergraduate work and I eventually went on to complete my master’s degree. I also earned an additional one-year certification in Sign Language and Deaf studies. That determination lead to a great career in the education field . There were several obstacles in my path at this time but I never faltered in my determination to complete this goal. I was like the little boy climbing the stairs. I had no doubt that I would complete my goal.

Now I have met with a new goal for my life. I want this blog to help and encourage others and provided my family with some extra income after I retire from teaching in a couple of years. It will only be with my determination that I can succeed at this new goal. So my word of the year will be

DETERMINATION!

What is your word of the year?