Sunday, 4 January 2015

Word for the Year

I've decided not to do a workbook for the year, nor set any resolutions.  Not that I don't have plans or hopes, far from it!  It's almost more that things feel so clear to me this year, I don't need the paraphernalia.  I know what I want to do, I've got a timeline in mind, I know the actions I need to take to get from here to there.  Some of it is written in various documents on my computer, other bits are just in my head, but it feels like it's all there.

What I did decide to do, though, was choose a word for the year.  And the word is:

Achievement

I want to feel a sense of achievement: to do what I plan, and feel good about it…

Love this quote I found.  Not sure what exactly I'll become through achieving my goals this year, but I look forward to finding out :)

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  1. I guess among other things you will become fulfilled by and grateful for your achievements!
    This is a great word and so versatile. It could be about a big creative projects or about those tiny little goals we so often forget to celebrate
    Good luck with keeping this word in mind throughout the year Kerry!
    Hugs

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    1. Thanks, Ellen! Your word simplicity inspired me to take the time to think about this. And yes, feeling a sense of achievement even with the small, simple things is probably even more important than for the big creative projects :D

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  2. I resolve not to have resolutions too! :D I just want to move toward joy and peace, and the direction for that might look different each day.
    I hope you and your clan are feeling well as we slide into January. :)

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    1. That's a good point, Bev! The need to keep things flexible so we can find what joy looks like in the moment :) We're all doing much better, thank you. Wishing you an inspiring January!

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  3. I'm with you Kerry. I want to continue to work on changing my habits and thinking. I have written down my goals and objectives but see it as a continuum, progress and the journey, not the destination. progress not perfection that's the achievement for me. Don't forget to boogie!

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    1. Tee hee, haven't boogied in far too long - good reminder, Cath! :D

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  4. Thoreau is one of my all time favourites!

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    1. Must admit, I've never read anything of his… Maybe next year :D

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    2. He was really an environmentalist, nature lover and poetic soul.

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  5. This is really interesting! I love your approach. I, too, have decided not to do a workbook or goal list per se. I loved the workbook I got from you as a gift--I thought it was a lot of fun and I even accomplished some of the goals, but what I've discovered is that sometimes the kind of goal-setting I was doing was backfiring and making me feel more depressed and inadequate instead of empowered. I like that you have some clarity about things!

    I was telling my husband this evening that I was tired of guilting myself for not accomplishing things in a certain way, and thereby discounting things I'd done, but also paralyzing myself into non-action. I think acting from a sense of well-being is something I'd prefer. As I get older that's what I want--peace and wellbeing, with some (gentle) personal challenges thrown in. I don't want to be traumatized, I just want to have some creative fulfillment.

    So...I really like your idea and wish you well.

    XOX,
    MM

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    1. Fulfillment sounds like a pretty good word for the year :)

      I really get what you mean about guilting yourself. And I loved that article you shared on FB from Martha Beck, where she advised thinking about the feelings you want to have, rather than the goals you want to achieve - peace and well-being sound like wonderful experiences to aim for…

      Lots of hugs,
      Kx

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