Thought of 2017

Often times, people will ask about your resolutions for the new year, but I’ve discovered something that can be more powerful and outlasting than a list of resolutions.  It’s a thought, word, or phrase to live and focus by.  The thing is, we have 365 days to achieve the goals or resolutions, but you know what the reality is?  In 365 days, things evolve.  Things change.  Focusing on a word or phrase helps us hit our big picture goals while also evolving with us as we learn and experience new things throughout the year.  For me, true change happens with a series of several moments and goals.  It’s not completed in one big swoop which is why I feel like this works so well.  Also – you have to admit – it’s so much easier to remember a word or phrase every day than a list of things to do 🙂

For me, I make small goals throughout the year with target dates, but I always keep the thought in mind to stay focused on the end goal.   That all said, what’s my word or phrase of the year?

“Live purposefully.”

You’re probably thinking, what does that even mean?  I don’t blame you. At first, it’s a pretty loaded statement.

Live purposefully.

For me that’s essentially this: I want everything that I choose to do and own to have meaning. Which means, this is going to be a process. I want to live with more intention, to be more mindful of the present moment.

Intention: an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result.

It’s been something I’ve been working on for quite some time, really, but I want to be more mindful of it this year and truly grow to understand everything and its place.

The first plans of action…

We spent the day before NYE decluttering some areas of our home that have built up some clutter over the year. We donated a few bags of stuff, and it felt good. The things that are still left behind are things that bring us some sense of joy.  We’ll likely go through everything again in about a month.

I’m starting an evening routine to help me jumpstart my mornings, every step having purpose. If things go smoothly after the initial 21 days, I’ll share exactly what I did here.

I’m planning to declutter my computer as well. I also need to reorganize my work computer, because after so many years, my e-life is a bit of a mess.  That also includes my blog; in the next few months, you’ll see a lot of changes here that I’m pretty excited about. I plan to have everything in its place by March.

I want to be more purposed at work by building skills beyond the day-to-day work that can help me grow as a person both in and out of the office.

And last but definitely not least, I want to grow more with my family and big relationships.  I want more meaning. More value. I want more time spent on adventures with loved ones and less time on figuring out what to do with stuff.

To achieve a lot of this, it also means to simplify, simplify, simplify.  I encourage you that if you are feeling the need to simplify life to watch this documentary that’s available on Netflix right now entitled Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things.  It shares and encourages a more meaningful and simplified life.  In a world where so much of society is pressuring you to buy more stuff, perhaps we all need to take a step back to realize the true value in things.

Less stuff to dwell on will allow more time to enjoy life.  Less stuff means less to clean and more time to play with our kids.  I mean, let’s face it.  We don’t need much material goods to be happy.  If you feel the same, hopefully some of this journey that I decide to share over the next few months will help you live a more purposed life as well. It’s going to be a big learning experience as the weeks fly by, but CHEERS to a year of learning.

“I believe that if you don’t derive a deep sense of purpose from what you do, if you don’t come radiantly alive several times a day, if you don’t feel deeply grateful at the tremendous good fortune that has been bestowed on you, then you are wasting your life. And life is too short to waste.”

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  • Reply Ashley Daley

    Minimalism is exactly what I plan on working on this year too. I'll have to check out that documentary when I get a chance! And I love your phrase, "Live Purposefully". I'm looking forward to hearing how your evening routine goes! I need to get more organized too. Happy New Year!

    January 3, 2017 at 12:27 pm
    • Reply Vy

      Happy New Year, Ashley!! Simplifying life is so beneficial. I feel like I'm always flooded by things I "need" to buy, and it's just crowding the better things in life. I love following along with you because you guys are ALWAYS adventuring. Here's to a more simplified year!

      January 4, 2017 at 2:41 am

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