Each year, Ali Edwards and a bunch of other folks choose a word for the year. It’s kind of a resolution, a goal, and something to focus on in the coming year. I usually think about doing it but for the past few years I’ve had a hard time settling in on a word- thinking hard about what that word might be even into January- and never really settling on just one word for the year. This year, as I’ve had my word for 2011 since November.
My Word for 2011. . . Home
(Portrayed on my beautiful necklace that I ordered from Pumpkin Pie Designs/As We Dance. It’s a custom order similar to her Keep Calm and Carry On necklace- all I had to do was ask through a conversation. I promise it’s gorgeous but we really haven’t had enough sunlight to get a beautiful picture of it yet. Perhaps this will be the year I get rid of these privacy screens on that leave the house darker than it should be.)
Home. It seems to be the perfect word for 2011 and sums up so much of what I want to focus on and look forward to in 2011.
I want to focus on being present at home. I want to enjoy my time at home and not just zone out here at home. To relax at home. To enjoy the time that Cody’s home.
This is the year to settle in to our home- wherever that may be. We’ve been in this home for 10 years in August but I don’t think Cody and I really feel settled in it. We waited for this home to have a different purpose most of the time we’ve been here- and then the possibility of moving entered into our thoughts last year. So, we’ve never taken the time to really settle in here. By the end of this year, I want to feel totally settled in our home- whether it’s in this home or our next home.
Settling is so much about making our house, our home. That means focusing some time, attention, and monies on decorating and organzing our house to be our home. I’ve already got a few projects in mind. Some that I’ll be moving forward with soon and some that will wait until later in the year.
I’m also starting a home-based business. So, this year will be about growing that business from here at home. You’ve seen the preview of Reflective Scrapbooking but I’m still working on a few things behind the scenes and then I have lots of things I want to add. I’ll be getting ready to devote much of my time to this online venture.
I also want to work on getting back to making this house run smoother, to be more organized, and to be better at cleaning this house. In short, I’d like to be a better homemaker in 2011. I know that our plans will need me to be more active in this roll than I have been in recent years- I need to take time to enjoy this part of my life more. . . One of the things I thought about during the Christmas Season when I remembered just how much I enjoy being in the Kitchen.
I also dream of returning to my hometown of Kansas City some time this year but I don’t know if that will be possible. . . but the thought is there we’ll just have to see where 2011 leads us.
(Want to read more about One Little Word, Check out Ali’s Blog here. If nothing else, check out all the words that have been posted and will be posted in the coming days- they are so inspiring. And, I’m super excited that in this year when I’m so ready to focus on my One Little Word, Ali will be doing a 12-month class/community for One Little Word at Big Picture Classes.)