A new year. I’m hoping it is filled with peace, surprises, love, laughter, energy, smiles, warmth & JOY.

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I have always been a planner. Naturally anxious, organizing calms me and brings me peace.
That changed in late 2012, when I became suddenly ill.  I had lost control of my carefully planned life and I didn’t have the energy or clarity to regain that control. I tried to appease my anxieties by spending 2013 embracing my dreamer-side. I didn’t stress about lists or deadlines. I told myself that I would be less anxious if I just let life happen. I tried to do less and just BE.
I’ll tell ya, the notion of just letting it be and going with the flow sounds fabulous; but it left me feeling lost.

I realize now, I don’t want to just let life happen. I want to live intentionally.

In order to be the person I want to be, I must live in the present.
Really live.
I can’t let the past dictate my life nor can I get so caught up in plans for the future that I miss the now.
Because, really, the now is what matters.
I recently saw a poster that read “Isn’t it wonderful to think, some of our best days have yet to come?”
I love that.
I love waking up and thinking, today may be my best day ever.
I know, I don’t want to miss a day. I want to be PRESENT.
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My word this year is PRESENT.
I want to really, deeply experience my life, not just live it.

I want to be PRESENT.
I want to be PRESENT in my prayer.
To be trusting and open for the Lord to lead my life.
I want to be PRESENT in my marriage.
To dream with and appreciate my husband, every day.
I want to be PRESENT with my kids.
They are so precious and childhood is so brief. I want to really embrace this time of our lives
and truly experience each day with them with wide eyed excitement and an open heart.
I want to be PRESENT in my conversations.
I don’t want a phone call with my sister or coffee with my girlfriend to be a rush of thoughts squeezed in between kiddie-interruptions. I want to really hear what they have to say.
I want to be PRESENT in my actions.
Making good choices for myself. I want to give myself more time for writing, creating, exercising and reading.

My life is such a good one. Filled with SO much JOY! I want to feel it. Enjoy it. Savor it. Remember it.
I want to be PRESENT for my life.

What about you? Have you chosen one word to focus on for 2014? Do you have a resolution?
I’d love to hear about it! Share you thoughts in the comments below or email me if you prefer!

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  1. Ooo! I LOVE this word! Its my first time visiting you, popping by from the link up and Im really excited to follow along in 2014!

  2. I totally agree! Remembering to enjoy the moment is so important!


  3. It's so hard to be present in a world that's pulling us in all different directions, but your outlook on it is really beautiful. My word for 2014 is "Create".

  4. I love the idea of living with the mentality of the best is yet to come. It really helps you to embrace the present. Great focus word for the year. Can't wait to follow along!

  5. Love this and have many of the same goals you have this year!

  6. I absolutely love this. Being present in the every day goes hand in hand with my word for the year, which is joy. I am also a big planner, and learning to let go and live in the present has always been a challenge for me...but it's so necessary. I'm so glad you stopped by my blog, I look forward to reading more of yours!


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