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I might be a but late in getting my one word for 2016 posted, but some things are better late than never, right? Besides, as I mentioned in a previous post, I’m getting back into blogging slowly. Afterall, I do have a (not so wee) 2 month old, as well as my bubbly 2 and a half year old. So, I’m still in some ways getting the hang of this parenting 2 children thing.

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Before we get to this year’s word, let’s take a look back at last year’s word, the update, and how I think I did overall.

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My Open goals for 2015 were:

I want to be more open to ideas and opportunities. I want to be more open to others. I want my blog to be more open than it has been. I want to be open to experiences which scare, intimidate, or fluster me. I want to allow myself to open up to more possibility. I want to be open to the idea that I can achieve more than I have before, open up to being creative and allowing creativity to flow through and out of me.

I know I didn’t achieve as much as I’d wanted at the start of the year.  I’ll attribute this to being pregnant almost the entire year.  As I look back on my goals in being open, I did do better.  , but as I look back on my goals surrounding being open, I did do better. That’s the whole gist of this one word business, isn’t it? Not to be perfect or to get everything right all the time, but to be better. At least, that’s the gist of it for me. I have to constantly remind myself not to try getting everything right all the time. That perfection monster sure creeps up and it’s important for me to remember to let it go.

Back to 2015 and being open.

I know ideas and plans took more root, within me especially, and I know I didn’t close up as much as would have been normal for me. So, maybe I didn’t go as far as I’d originally hoped, but I was definitely more open to possibility and change.

I even think being open to possibility and change helped me through pregnancy, such that my experience as a mother was different, maybe a bit brighter even. Pregnancy certainly didn’t seem quite as difficult, draining, and tiring as it had when we were pregnant with Monkey Boy. Circumstances were different this time, so I’m sure that was a huge factor for me.

Nonetheless, I’m calling success on being open in 2015!

As 2015 came to a close, I started to think about my word for 2016.  It turns out, the word I’d thought about, won’t be the one I’m claiming for 2016. In some ways maybe that word and my word this year are related. Either way, for 2016 I’ll be focusing on intention.

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Being intentional in thought and action.

Being more intentional in blogging and building relationships, really building them.

Being more intentional about my creativity.

Being more intentional about my time.

Being more intentional with family interactions and activities.

And more…

My attention and focus on intention and being intentional is likely the result of a few different things (isn’t everything?). I know I have some real goals I’d like to meet this year, some achievements (if you will), that would bring me an even greater sense of joy and accomplishment.

None of this is because I’m not fulfilled in my life today, nor because I’m not grateful. Mostly, I plan to focus on intention for me and subsequently my relationships and ventures.

So, I’m claiming my word for 2016 as intention!

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I’m looking forward to this year and all it has to offer!

Do you claim a word for 2016? If so, what is it? If you don’t claim a word, do you make resolutions instead? What are some of your resolutions?

2016 One Word: Intention
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