For the last few years I have had many friends talk about what their word for the year was. I have always loved the idea of having a word for the year, but I have never bothered to actually do it. This year, I have a word and truth is I sort of came upon it by accident a couple of weeks ago.
These last few months have been a little difficult for Josh and I. We had some things happen that set us back a bit in the fall. So needless to say, we have both really struggled with the why’s of it all. It has been very frustrating and made us wonder if we will ever achieve the goals we have set. Mostly, it has brought on a great feeling of dissatisfaction with our lives right now. To be completely honest, I just feel so tired of feeling this way and allowing life’s struggles to make me feel this way.
I think where this all started for me was on Christmas Eve. Josh and I were up late wrapping the Christmas presents, and I remember worrying that we didn’t get enough for the kids. I imagined their disappointed faces when they saw that there wasn’t quite as much under the tree this year. I went to bed that night hoping that they just wouldn’t notice.
All of my fears and worries were completely put to rest the next morning when (at 7 am, I finally gave in after telling Caleb to go back to sleep at least 5 times since 4 am) all of the kids were really excited about their presents. There were oohs and ahhs even coming from the two tired teenagers. They were grateful for what we had been able to give them, and not disappointed at all. As I watched them open and smile, it just really warmed my heart and I wondered why I had ever been so stressed out in the first place.
That evening, I really began to wonder what my life would be like if I started being more intentionally grateful in my daily life. Instead of focusing on all of the things that aren’t going the way I had hoped, what would happen if I spent more time being grateful for the things that are going right? Right now, I don’t know exactly what that looks like, but I hope with every week I can come here and tell you stories of how it has made an impact in my life.
These last weeks have been very frustrating and stressful. However, I was able to think of some things that I am very grateful for this week.
- I am grateful for my family.
- I am grateful to have a home and heat, especially right now during this cold spell. I am reminding myself that there are many who don’t.
- I am grateful that I have the opportunity to finish my degree. (And excited about finally getting it done in the next year and a half.
So instead of ending up with just one word this year, I ended up with a phrase: Live Life Intentionally Grateful”
We’ll see how this goes…
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