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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Word of the Year

There is a recurring theme I am reading in blog land.  No new year resolutions this year.  The thing is what is your WORD for the year?
 I've read "embrace", "simplify", "relevance", "connect", "focus", etc.

Is this saying people have enough!  It's as though it is time to get down to basics.  Our lives are filled with clutter, too much stuff, too many commitments, too much competition, too much stress, too many outside distractions and on and on.  It's really quite simple, life that is.  Back to Leave it to Beaver?

 No where do I see the word of the year being:
Thus, is everyone telling us that competitiveness with others, the best of the best, high end riches, money, debt, extravagance, etc. is not the answer?

I've learned a lot since I've quit working.  Being home has given me a whole different perspective on things.  All the fluff is not necessary nor the key to happiness.  No more buying a work wardrobe, jewelery, new shoes, new cars.  We don't eat out much; I don't spend money on things just because I want them, we are more resourceful.  It's not like we absolutely can't but our monies are limited and we must budget to continue to live without working.  And you know what?  I don't miss a thing.  It's actually one of the better things that has happened.  Life is simple.  There is nothing I enjoy more than being in my home, fluffing or tidying, baking or cooking, reading or knitting.  It's wonderful to be able to help out my Mom with transportation and errands, visit with friends, go for walks and camping.  I've joined a stitching group, met many new people, and learned I enjoy hikes in the woods.  I do need to volunteer more.

You see, my friends, life is wonderful when it is simple and not clouded with the need to keep in line with others or to over-commit or overspend.  Life in the fast lane, not for me.

So as we all look forward to a brand new year, I encourage you to take a look at your life and ponder a WORD.  A word that has meaning and one you would like to commit to.  Then mid-year take a look and see how you are doing.

My WORD is PURPOSE.  I will be working on focusing and identifying my purpose in life and the purpose of the things I choose to do on a daily basis.

My other one is DeCLUTTER.  Self explanatory and I have to do so!  That I began today!

Good luck with your word and feel free to share with me your word and your progress.


  1. Very well said Barbie . . . Enjoy your Purpose . . .

  2. Well done, Barb. My word is moderation. I like your words. Enjoy!

  3. Hi barb, Here is my word.... Serendipity means a "happy accident" or "pleasant surprise"; specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it. Sounds good to me. As far as your purpose...I think you are a born take care of your family, nieces, nephews, brothers, sister...your lovely Mom, your lucky hubby and your grateful friends...There is nothing more important than sharing your life in this most selfless way. As far as de-cluttering, you are on your own my friend! ;-). Love, Penny