One Little Word 2013

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Late last year, I began thinking of which word I wanted to have as my focus word for this year. I approached it rather halfheartedly, given that I've never managed to keep my word in focus during the year in previous years. Last year I was really inspired by Elise Blaha Cripe and how she used her word, Choose, to shape her goals for each month and as her overall focus. I really wanted to find a word for 2013 that would guide my choices and help me focus on what's really important (I am easily distracted!). But I just couldn't figure it out. A few days after Christmas, I lay in bed (with the flu!) and started reading my Christmas present, The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp (a fantastic book, by the way). As I read, the word Habit stuck with me. That's the word! At first I had trouble identifying with it, liking it. It's not the most exciting word in the dictionary, possibly even a little boring. After all, I am not a structured person and I don't like to plan. However, as I reflected over it a bit, I realised that Habit is a much better word than I thought, and the right word for me this year. Unlike structure, routine, or plan, habit does not suggest something specific I have to follow, but is much more fluid than that. It is the direct result of my actions, planned or otherwise. By doing something over and over, I form a habit. Sometimes they are good, sometimes not. So, in 2013, I want to consistently choose certain activities, actions or attitudes that are healthy and useful for me and my family, thus forming good habits, while at the same time changing some of my more unhealthy habits. So I won't get too overwhelmed (always a challenge for me), I will just try and focus on changing or forming one major habit each month, with a couple smaller monthly goals. After all, the idea is to form habits, not just make a vague attempt at changing things in my life! Here are a couple of things I want to work on in 2013.

  • Make a monthly meal plan and stick to it
  • Make healthier eating choices for myself
  • Incorporate regular exercise into my week
  • Develop a good homeschool habit 
  • Have a daily devotion time
  • Work on my Project Life pages regularly
  • Blog regularly
  • Challenge myself creatively and make creativity a habit
I am open to adding more things if they pop up, but these are the areas from the top of my head that I've been thinking about changing, so they are a great place to start. I'm excited to see where this will take me in 2013, and I'm just really hoping that I can follow through on my intentions to develop good habits, so I can free up more mental energy for other fun stuff in life.

Have you chosen a word for 2013? I would love to hear it! If you haven't, perhaps you'll consider joining me on my journey, and finding your own word for 2013!

Hugs, Fiona


  1. love your word and how you plan to apply it to your life!

  2. habit. i love that word and the habits that you want to create are really life affirming. i would love to be better at meal planning. i've tried and failed many times. if you have any secrets of success please past them on.

    1. I certainly will...when I figure it out myself! Ha!

  3. I think this is an awesome work to choose, Fi. Totally agree with what you've said. The key behind so much of what we want to do in life is forming good habits that lead to achieving our goals!
    Ronnie xo

    1. Thanks Ronnie. Here's to hoping it will be something I can stick with all year!


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