I’m not huge on resolutions, mostly because I never really stick with them. But the ‘word of the year’ movement? That I can get behind.

My word for 2019? 


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About five years ago I chose the word “enough”, meaning who I was at that moment was enough.  I was enough of a mother, a wife, a friend, and a person.

Somewhat similarly, this year I want to focus on the fact that the person I am today is a pretty great person. A person who doesn’t need all kinds of improvement. Doesn’t need to ‘become this’ or ‘grow to be that’.

I don’t want to tally the amount of money I’ve spent over the last eight or so years on ‘self-help’ books.  Or what I could have bought with all that money….

{Oh…all the purses.}

Not that those dollars have all gone wasted.  I’ve learned a bunch from them. AND I still have some books left to read as well.  But in 2019 I’m not buying any new self-help books.  Now THAT is a resolution I think I can stick to.

Instead, I’m going to spend the year focusing on the positive attributes that I already have, along with the skills I’ve learned over the years.  I’m going to shine a magnifying glass on the good and make them great.

Here are just a few examples….

I’m a good writer.  So I’m going to write more. I’m going to focus on it, and ensure that it is a priority.

I’m a great memory-keeper.   I’m going to intentional about keeping my families memories.  On this blog, in photo books, in pictures throughout our home and more. 

I’ll share more as the year progresses, but I’m curious…how about you? What’s your word for 2019?

2 thoughts on “Magnify

  1. I like your word very much!! It can encompass so much and it is wonderful that you are in such a good place of acceptance of your self and your strengths. Know that I’m here, quietly “cheering you on”.

    I’ve chosen Preparation as my word. Your cousin, Doug, is planning to retire at age 62, which is just 34 short months away, so Preparation may be our word for the next couple of years!! I will need to remember that all the seemingly radical and difficult things (selling our house and most of our things, buying land in Missouri, living in an RV or a tiny apartment so we can save like maniacs, and at the end of 34 months move onto our land!!) we have to do between now and October of 2021 to be ready to retire are just Preparation for the life we want to live in retirement.


    • I’m sorry it took me so long to reply — but OH MY GOSH, I love this SO much. Preparation is such a great word, and you guys have some many exciting retirement plans to prepare for. Good luck, and I’ll be thinking of you and cheering you on as well! 🙂


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