At the end of 2015, I stumbled across One Little Word® by Ali Edwards and the idea of focusing on one single word for an entire year intrigued me. Although I get excited about planning and goal setting at the end of every year, I have had a difficult time referring back to my goals and following through. So for 2016, I decided to give it a try and focus on one single word/theme rather than a list of goals.
Reflecting on 2016
My word of the year for 2016 was planted. It was our first year living in one state with no intention of moving in the near future, so the word came quite naturally.
My 2 main focuses around the word were:
1) Get involved at a local church
2) Connect with local wedding professionals and creatives
My husband and I are so thankful to have found Eastpoint Christian Church
. We love the hearts of our church, our core values, mission, and vision to reach the Greater Portland community.
Business wise, I really wanted to meet and connect with like-minded creatives that are local to Maine. I am so happy to have discovered Maine Wedding Network
last January and attended all 3 meet ups (aka Fireside Chats), during which I met so many passionate wedding vendors. In June, I was invited to work on a styled shoot at a beautiful farm
with a full team of talented wedding creatives.
Although there were challenges, disappointments, and failures, 2016 was truly a great year. Being encouraged and supported by other Christians and like-minded creatives has really helped me feel planted. After 6 years of moving around the US, I can finally call this place home.
My 2017 word of the year is relationship.
Yes, “relationship” seems to be an obvious next phase to being “planted”, but it surely wasn’t the first word that came to mind when I started thinking about my word of the year. You see, I have a tendency jump the gun and start planning for the new year before reflecting on the past. Now that I’ve decided on relationship, I can’t even remember what other words I thought of.
I generally like to break my life down into 6 categories (Faith, Self, Marriage, Family/friends, Community, Business) and I love that the word “relationship” can be applied to each. Instead of writing down a list of goals for the entirety of 2017, I decided to make a mind map with specific ideas and actions I can take to improve my relationships.
Have you picked a word of the year for 2017? What did/will you do to help yourself focus on your word (or theme) for 2017?