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:


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.

Same 24 Hours | Word of the Year


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

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

35 comments on “A New Year, A New Word”

  1. Jeanette says:

    I am trying to grow my business this year too. I have a goal that I am trying to get to and I am hoping to get there! Good luck to you and I can’t wait to see how you grow!

  2. Liz Mays says:

    I think your growth goals are great and it sounds like you have a real plan. We’re working on an update to our blog too and I figure I better do it sooner rather than later.

  3. Jacqui Odell says:

    I saw someone else doing a word for the year and I think it’s a great idea. I am not sure what word I would pick for myself. I have to think about it.

  4. Elizabeth O. says:

    That’s a lovely choice. I love challenging myself to do things I’ve never done before or even to meet my goals.

  5. Very inspiring! I hope the new year brings wonderful things for you. I also have been working hard to do more new things. I have been trying to do things that scare me. It is so important to keep growing in life.

  6. Clo Nevaeh says:

    Such great spirit you got there! I learned so much last year. Patience is probably the most important thing I learned. To just remain calm and have patience. It’s so important.

  7. I love the idea of setting more time away for you and I so need to do that as well. I love the design changes to your blog (but I think I told you that before and if not, I meant to). Also this “I want to grow my blog, grow my business, grow my faith, grow my inside (which will hopefully shrink my outside).” The idea of growing ourselves inside and shrinking (and growing) our outsides… I think I’m on a similar path. Thank you for linking this up. I’ll be thinking about this for a while.

  8. victoria says:

    Such a great topic. I learned that i need to pay attention to my son especially on what he eats. He has a nephrotic syndrome and i realize to give my full attention to him instead of overload work

  9. Love this idea of “Growth” being your word for the year. Its been a month and I still have not decided on my word. The first word that came to my mind when I was reading your post was “Give.” I think that would be a great word for the year too.

  10. Dogvills says:

    Sounds like a great plan. I will be focusing more on my blog and I’m currently working on a new look.

  11. Rosey says:

    It’s nice to be organized and efficient. Even better to be so but also become fulfilled. 🙂

  12. The word “growth” is very powerful when you think of it in terms of the intangible. Personal growth, whether it be faith, patience, humility … is something we should all have as a priority.

  13. Amy says:

    I love your growth goals! You are right these things are important and good to be mindful of!

  14. Ron Leyba says:

    This is a some sort of “eye opener” post for me. I wanna become big too when it comes to blogging and online branding. Thanks so much for this post.

    1. April Noelle says:

      What do you want to do with your blog?

      1. Ron Leyba says:

        I wanna grow it. Traffic, social media followers and of course, earnings.

  15. Gingi says:

    Great post and GREAT goals!! <3 – http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

  16. Melissa Bernardo says:

    Your growth goals sound like you are very confident. Keep it up!

  17. rizza says:

    My goal for the year is to get certified in my field of career while being a SAHM. Weeehooo!

  18. Robin Masshole Mommy says:

    It sounds like you have some very attainable goals this year. Wishing you the best year ever 🙂

  19. Teresa Bowen says:

    One of the big lessons I learned last year was to be prepared for the unexpected. Blogwise this means having a few completed posts in draft format so that when the unexpected happens I can just schedule them and let the blog take a back seat while sorting out what problems have presented themselves.

  20. I often find the same issue when I make goals. I start trying to strive for them, but I didn’t have any real direction. Thanks for the inspiration!

  21. Elizabeth O. says:

    It’s nice that you were able to figure this out and you’re working towards improving this year. That’s a really inspiring word for the year. I hope you achieve your growth goals and that you will continue to improve not just your blog or your business but yourself too.

  22. Dogvills says:

    moving on is the best way to start up. Your testimony encourage me to do the same.

  23. Dogvills says:

    Moving on is the best way to start up. your testimony encourage me to do the same

  24. Jeni Hawkins says:

    I love that quote – because it’s so true! We all have 24 hours in a day, and how we use it is what separates us from others!

  25. Sojourner says:

    I think focusing on one thing at a time until it becomes a habit is helpful. It takes a while for something to become a habit and within the transformation there will be setbacks.

  26. These are all great goals for the new year. I’m terrible about making new year’s resolutions, lol.

  27. I agree, a change takes time, you could never do it over night. I am more motivated to stay on track with my fitness goal this year. So far so good. Goodluck in achieving your goals!

  28. Nikki says:

    Such an inspiring post. I learned last year is to be patient, especially to my work.

  29. Rosey says:

    I like the saying. I’m trying to refocus to try and find a way to meet my goals.

  30. tauyanm says:

    love all the things you said above! talk about blogging and social media, i am always on my schedule, I schedule my topics to posted 2x a week and 1x a week for my youtube channel. Now i just have to rest more after tooth extraction and would love to go back in the gym

  31. Coralie says:

    I think we mostly all feel this way as bloggers – but it is so nice when you find that balance, when you can really separate your home and work even though you are always home and being able to really connect with your site and readers. It is hard to do all of that and grow your blog and grow as a person.

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