Last year I discovered the concept of one little word on Ali Edwards’ blog. I was immediately captivated by the simplicity of choosing one word by which to define your year. I’m a goal setter and a big dreamer, and it is really hard for me not to over-resolve on New Years’. As a result, I often struggle to organize my goals, as crazy as that sounds, and I get scattered and struggle to accomplish anything.
This year, instead of just making a list of resolutions, I’m going to resolve that my small, day-to-day choices revolve around this one word: focus. Since I finished graduate school and started my photography business, and especially since I moved to Kansas City, I’ve struggled to focus. As any entrepreneur knows, all businesses go thorough peaks and valleys. Without staying focused and organized, it is easy to allow the valleys to define you and to cause you to call everything into question.
I’m going to try and let this FOCUS take shape in my life in a few ways:
FOCUS my mission.
I’ve been working a lot the past few weeks on clarifying my goals and my priorities. This allows me to choose to say “no” to anything that does not move me closer to my goals, and to simplify my life by cutting out the activities and habits that are draining me and causing me to lose focus. I want to focus deeply on my spiritual life this year. I want all of my goals and actions to spring from that focus.
FOCUS my time.
This year will be marked by clearer goal-setting for me, keeping in mind that I’m going to give myself some grace and flexibility when it comes to the schedules and lists that I create for myself. I have some big goals, and to do this, I’m going to need to be disciplined with my time so I can achieve them. Any business owner knows that focusing time is one of the most difficult things to do when you are your own boss. It is easy to work too much and it is easy to do things all day and realize after days and even weeks that you haven’t accomplished what you want.
FOCUS my resources.
I want to minimize my stuff a little more this year. I ended 2014 by purging 3 garbage bags worth of clothes from my closet. I want to go through books and home decor and purge those, too, keeping only what is special to me or what I love. I feel surrounded by too much stuff, I’m struggling to stay organized, and I need to buy less this year for a myriad of reasons.
I’m writing about this in this space because I want to hold myself accountable. I want to look back on 2015 as the year that was a turning point for me. I feel like God is leading me to focus on him more deeply, to focus on his mission for me and his purpose for my life.
Here’s to 2015 & a deep, beautiful FOCUS!
Are any of you making resolutions or choosing one little word for 2015? Comment below and let me know!