It has taken me over a month, but I finally chose my one little word for 2015: Nurture. I love the concept of Ali Edward's one little word and try to challenge myself in using my word in different ways throughout the year. If you have never participated in it, I strongly suggest trying it.
The concept of nurturing crept in my head earlier in the Fall. I came to a point where I realized my well being relied on better self care. There is only so much one person can do, and I am one of those people that will just keep going even at my own detriment. I realized some health issues were creeping in that were likely due to stress and not taking better care of myself. I had to start making better choices.
It all started with pampering myself. I treated myself to new makeup, new bath products, candles and knitting projects. I took time to read books, take bubble baths and even take some online courses. Then it went deeper and I really started thinking about how I wanted to spend my time. My evenings after work and weekends are precious to me, but they seemed to slip by too quickly (and usually filled with responsibilities and stresses, not enjoyment). I have tried to identify my needs and limits which was really the starting point. But the concept of nurturing was what I kept gravitating towards.
To nurture is defined as caring and encouraging the growth or development of something. It means to cherish and take care of.
I want my word to help guide me in nurturing not only my own health and happiness but also my relationships with family and friends through the next year. Focusing on things that I enjoy, finding more of them in each of my busy days.
It means making better choices for myself and my family. Finding short cuts where they can be made, and spending more time on the important stuff.
My word for 2014 was Ritual
My word for 2013 was Choose