One Word.

The past couple of years I’ve noticed an increasing number of people choosing one word to define their year. Intrigued, I started trying to figure out what it was all about and ultimately stumbled across the website OneWord365.

“One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live. One word that you can focus on every day, all year long.”

That seems easy enough, right? And so, in 2014, I’m giving One Word a go. I created a whole list of possibilities, mostly keeping it light and entertaining.

And then I saw this: “It will take intentionality and commitment, but if you let it, your one word will shape not only your year, but also you.”

After spending the entire month of October talking about how I wanted to be more intentional, how could I not take this opportunity to really make 2014 a year that makes a difference?

I thought about the year ahead and where I wanted to see myself by the end of it, and the word came easily: Simplify.

Simplify, verb:

-          To make less complex or complicated

-          To reduce to fundamental parts

-          To make easier to understand

I’ve found myself falling into the trap of “more” over the past five or so years. Things / life would be better if I only had more – a better car, a newer house, more name brands in my closet, more time, more energy.

And that? That’s just ridiculous, Internet.

I’m not going to kid myself into thinking that simplifying is going to be easy. In fact, I have a very uneasy feeling that it’s going to be one of the harder things I’ve done in my life and that by the end of it, things are going to get real ugly.

Choosing simple will be hard. The random trips to Target, the “quick” weekly run into TJ Maxx, the minutes/hours/days lost on social media – all things that will likely not make the cut.

To counter that, I think about all of the things that will have me saying “yes.” Yes to quality time. Yes to organizing, planning, and focusing on the good things, the things that make up a life that brings me joy. Which circles back around to one of my 2014 goals of Choosing Joy. Serendipitous, no?

“One word. 365 days. A changed life.”

Are you choosing One Word to guide you through 2014? Have you done it in the past? I’d love to hear your thoughts/experiences!