A New Year, A New Word

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A New Year, A New Word

Goals, resolutions, word of the year, and new beginnings flood websites and the general environment come January 1st. For most, it’s just another day. Even after the proclamations of change, a few weeks later, most people are the same as they were on December 31st.

For those who continue,  it’s a push-pull of old and new, killing old habits and creating new ones, waking up a little earlier and using the time a little more wisely. The struggle to change is real. It’s not an overnight makeover. It’s a constant and consistent choice to make a change, every day (or at least most days). Then one day, you have changed.

I start new things no matter what day it is, but when I feel I have mastered it, I move on. The problem is that I move on, even when it’s effective, because it becomes a boring tedious task. I knew I had to change.

My self-imposed challenge for 2015 was to be consistent. I forced myself to do things that I had never done. I wrote, I connected, I grew my blog.

I succeeded.


What I didn’t do was feel fulfilled. I felt empty and more like an administrator than a business owner, because that’s what us bloggers are, business owners. I knew something needed to change. So, I stopped for a little while. I took a break. I thought, prayed and looked up and inward for the solution.

I realized that I didn’t have a direction. I didn’t write because I didn’t know what I wanted to write about, and if I did, how to say it. I was stagnant, stalled.

Then, I started a new project (yep, something new) called Modernish Mommas. I felt that passion come back. Not just for the site itself, but for what I wanted to do with this space.

I want to write. Honestly, it’s really not much different than what I had been doing, just more of it. More of it with more honesty, more openness and really let you into my world, instead of staying on the surface.

I have so much to say and so much to share. I just finally found the way I want to share it.

That leads to my word of the year:

GROWTH

I want to grow my blog, grow my business, grow my faith, grow my inside (which will hopefully shrink my outside), grow my friendships, grow my marriage and grow my parenting.

Since we are already well into the year, I can give you a little insight into what I have done to implement my word of the year.

  • Set aside a half an hour a day for personal bible study.
  • Attend a weekly bible study.
  • Take a blog building course run by Julie Nowell, Jennifer Pitt and Denine Anderson-Regan of 3 Chicken Consulting. If you’re interested in growing your blog, you can find sign up for the next course here.
  • Attend a weekly marriage enrichment course with my husband.
  • Work out at least five (5) times a week. Thus far, it’s been six times per week since the beginning of the year.
  • Lead a group.
  • Update my blog (if you haven’t noticed the design change). It’s a work in progress, there are still things I need to figure out how to do.

I’m sure there’s more, but those are the things that I’m doing consistently and hope to do throughout the year.

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What did you learn from last year that you will be doing differently this year?

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This has been a Finish the Sentence Friday post. This week’s sentence is  “In 2015, I learned….” or “The one thing I learned in 2015 is…”
Your hosts: Kristi Campbell (findingninee.com)
This week’s sentence thinker upper, Vidya from Collecting Smiles, and Kerry of Her Headache

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