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A Word for 2012

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I first heard about the “One Little Word” project from Lynne, who chose the word ‘perspective’ to guide her year. I’ve been thinking about what my word would be ever since I read Lynne’s post. I had a cloud of words swirling through my brain, but then one word floated ahead of the pack and I knew it would be my word for 2012. Contrary to the photo above, my word is not ‘simplify’, although that was one of the final contenders.

Ultimately, when I consider this upcoming year and think about what I want out of it, I want balance. I don’t want to become so overwhelmed that I break down in tears on a Saturday afternoon. I don’t want to become so absorbed in tasks that I have no time for anyone, including myself. I don’t want to be in a constant state of anxiety-fueled activities and tasks that cause me to lose my grip. Obviously, these are all things that have happened – do happen – on a semi-regular basis. I don’t feel like I have much balance in my life. I wake up, do blog work, then go to school and work, work, work, then have meetings, then prepare for the next day, then race home, swing by the grocery store for last minute needs, make dinner, help Jason clean up, do more blog work, then go to bed. It’s not well-balanced. My plight is about to get worse instead of better, unfortunately, but I’ll write more about those bits in a later post.

So. I’m pausing to breathe deeply right now.

I’m promising myself that I’ll find a way to have balance this year.

I have no idea how that will work yet, or what will give in order for it to happen, but I’m having faith that it will. I’m having faith that I’ll figure it out. I’m having faith that I won’t lose myself or my mind this year.

I’m having faith and I’m putting my word out there: balance. I will find a way to be balanced in 2012.

{all photos are from my recent delivery from!}