have you heard of this “one little word” project from ali edwards? it’s a quick little way to set an intention for your year. last year, i posted that i wanted my word for 2013 to be happier. and then i promptly forgot about it. i kept it in mind throughout the year, i just didn’t update on “one little word” specifically, or type up any blog posts.
with that much – or little – success, i’m doing it again this year.
my word for 2014 is enjoy.
this has proven to be a struggle so far. why can’t it be as simple as deciding to be happy and then being happy? sometimes it takes a lot of effort to realize i’m fretting over meaningless things. and sometimes i don’t succeed at turning off my negativity. but i’m trying to be more aware of this. i’m thinking – hoping – i will be annoyed enough that eventually i just give it up. it is time to relish all of my time.
it really is much harder than it should be sometimes. i’ve met a handful of people that seem eternally positive, sweet, and optimistic. and i really appreciate them. i want to be like them someday. for now, i’m working on it.
but in the meantime, i can try to enjoy. i think this is what life’s supposed to be about… enjoying each moment we’re given while we have them. i think enjoying means learning to be more easy going; more loving and compassionate; more passionate about the good things.
i made a list of things to enjoy at the beginning of the year, something for each month. but that monthly plan went out the window. most of the things are still important:
✗ enjoy bedtime, and enough sleep.
✗ enjoy mornings and coffee.
✗ enjoy more yoga.
✗ enjoy taking care of my body.
there are obviously a lot of other ways to work toward “enjoy.” it’s these little things, and these less indulgent things, that i think can end with a happier outlook, a happier body, or just lead to more enjoyment of everything else.
in 2014, i’m going to learn to enjoy.