Why I Choose A Word Of The Year & Why You May Want To

There's not one specific New Year's resolution' I can point to and say ' I did that.' For the majority of us, New Year's resolutions fall to the wayside by mid-Febrauary. That's how it works (for everyone!).
We make New Year's Eve resolutions on a whim, openly hold ourselves accountable to every person we know and then? And then, those resolutions we made on a whim fly out the window.
Friends, these resolutions had no root in your life and no chance of being fruitful!

But if we take a 360 view of the year behind & ahead and choose an overarching goal, our hearts & heads feel more capable to grasp that big-picture notion and put it into action. One word. Just one. A small but mighty goal/emotion/mission that will fill the year to come with a life rich in what matters most.
Over the last few years I've put into practice choosing a 'word of the year' instead of 'resolutions.' And now, as we sit on the cusp of 2015, I glance down at the words that covered our family for the last two years: inspired, intentional, and 2015's word of the year TBA January 1.
The seed sown with each word of the year takes me back to my closest family, friends, trials, teachings & hopes. I can see how God used those words, the time spent in prayer choosing those words, and spun their goodness into our years.
From month to month days are still sticky, some goals (resolutions) are put on the sideline, but our overarching word of the year keeps me grounded, coming back to what matters most for me and my family.
Take some time to think through your 2014. What worked? What didn't work? What do you want to have lived when you sit in this seat December of 2015? Where is God calling you? Dig deep and dream big!

Never is a woman so fulfilled as when she chooses to underwhelm her schedule so she can let God overwhelm her soul. -Lysa TerKeurst

Unrush yourself, friend. Let Him overwhelm your soul, encourage yourself to underwhelm your schedule and focus in on what matters most.