I guess I’m not completely sure where and when this one word trend started. I believe it’s a book (one that I’ve never read), but regardless, I think it’s a good way to focus on a goal for the year without becoming overwhelmed.
So, my word for 2017 is appreciate.
In previous years I’ve selected really ambitious words that were chock-full of power and potential and excitement. But honestly, that’s just not where I am in my life right now.
At this moment in my life I feel an overwhelming urge to slow down and appreciate my blessings. I am so thankful to God for giving me life, my family a job, and a safe place to call home. I have so much more than I need, but I keep getting caught up in longing for that next thing to appear in my life.
Instead of focusing so much on what’s next, I want to give thanks and appreciate what’s right in front of me. I don’t want to just be thankful and grateful, I want to appreciate the full value and uniqueness of the people and experiences in my life.
That’s not to say that I don’t have business and personal goals this year, because I totally do! Here are a couple of the things I want to accomplish in 2017.
I’m going to read the whole bible
I’ve been wanting to pick up a chronological bible for a few months, so when I found out that the church we go to is having a bible reading challenge for 2017, I was really excited.
The chronological bible that my church recommended is called Reading God’s Story: A Chronological Bible, and it gives you really small, bite-size readings for each day of the year. You can check off the readings as you progress. I am REALLY hoping to stay faithful to this reading goal.
I’m going to make healthier choices
If you’ve been reading along with me over the years, you know that I’m all over the place when it comes to diets and weight loss. Insert pointed SIGH here.
Coming to terms with the fact that I am a food addict has been tough, and I have gone off the rails more than once.
It’s funny, because I used to watch those diet transformation shows and wonder how the contestants ended up gaining back all their weight. I used to wonder the same thing about certain celebrities.
I no longer have to wonder, because it’s a cycle I can’t seem to stop repeating. It’s like my body is determined to erase any progress I make!
I’m currently doing Weight Watchers (and not being paid or sponsored by them in any way), but honestly, it’s a struggle.
I’m hoping that I can get back into that victorious mindset that helped me lose about 40 lbs. in 2015. I’d love to hear from you if you have any tips, insight or motivation to help me on my weight loss journey.
You can also follow along with my food diary on Instagram @dearcrissy.
Do you have a word for 2017? I’d love to hear what it is and why you chose it!