My Word for 2019 :: ATTEND

I love the “one word” for the year movement. Last year, my word was BUILD. I wanted to…

BUILD family chore routines (fail-ish…afternoon chores are solidly in place, but this definitely needs more attention in the new year…)

BUILD up my family (jury’s out on this one, especially since it’s so vague and doesn’t really end. I know I can do more. A system would probably help ;))

BUILD a writing platform (done! And since I’ve committed to daily blogging AND got the book published, I’m satisfied with how this one panned out. Whether the Lord establishes an audience and uses it beyond my own personal gratification is still TBD.)

BUILD a “grown-up” look (made some steps in the right direction: more regular hair cuts, choosing fewer but better clothes. Bought an eye shadow palette yesterday for the first time, so we’ll see how that pans out…)

BUILD spiritual discipline (added some helpful tools to my arsenal so I feel more equipped; now, to build the consistency.)

I could have done more in all of these categories, but I also could have done less. Without at least thinking about that word, I’m sure I would have done far less. I’m looking forward to greater planning in 2019 and therefore greater progress.

2019 doesn’t feel like a year for something big. No book needs to get out of my brain. No major projects. No big life changes. It feels like a year to lean into what’s already in front of me–to really attend to the life I’ve been given.

home sweet home

The big pictures are what I must attend to most: God, Matt, my kids, and my home. My attitude has too often been “do the minimum” in these categories rather than “be present with” or “ready for service.” I want this year to look different in these facets.

The tiny pictures are reminders of things I want: to speak up more (and be funny doing it!), to take care of the body I’ve been given, to breathe in good books, and–Lord willing–to follow Matt to Paris for a conference in the fall.

It feels quiet. Small, even. But good and worth attending to.

Do you pick a word of the year? I’d love to hear about it in the comments or over at my Facebook page!

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