Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014: Enjoy


Happy New Year!

It's become really popular to forgo resolutions and choose a more all-encompassing word to guide motivation and hopes for a new year. That sounds like a good idea to me! I was doing really well with last year's "5 Things I Hope to Gain," but I didn't gain all of them. (I'm still intimidated by my sewing machine, and exercise took nose-dive the second half of the year. Oops.) Since my goals of career, school, and health are on-going, I decided to jump on the Word Wagon and take a more holistic approach to bettering my life in 2014.

ENJOY. That's it. I just want to enjoy. Everything. Initially, I thought Joy would be a good word, but that falls along the lines of "looking for joy in every day" and "finding joy in unexpected places." I want to make a habit of simply experiencing the joy, not searching for it. And really, I mean it in the most unfluffy way possible. This is not about rose-colored glasses and Pottery Barn catalog perfection. The best way I can think to abandon any stress, self-doubt, or disappointment is to enjoy things.

Enjoy this house instead of getting wrapped up in my hatred of vacuuming stairs. Enjoy a Jack & Coke instead of hesitating because the other women at the party are sipping wine. (Flashback to last night!) Enjoy my job instead of wishing our morning meeting would start at 9:00 a.m. and not 8:30 a.m. Enjoy a rather leisure, "selfish" adult life instead of wondering if my maternal instincts are wasted on me. Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy!

So if you see me in 2014 and ask how life is going, my answer will be, "I'm enjoying it!" Cheers to 2014, y'all!


Meg O. said...

Love that philosophy. Enjoying gives way to other qualities like humility and grace. I think enjoy should be my buzz word for 2014, too. Happy new year!

Unknown said...

I love your 2014 goal!

Leah said...

My goal this year is to keep things in perspective. Things could be better, things could be a lot worse, but most of the time I'm content. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. In fact it's a great state of being. Perspective is what I'm going to remind myself of in 2014 and years to come.

Michelle said...

This is perfect :)