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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Word of the Year-Breathe

For those who know me really well, it's no big surprise when I say I have trouble making decisions.  Which is one of the reasons I've never done the New Year's resolutions thing.  I have trouble committing to just a few things I want to change.  I'd end up with a list that is a mile long and then get distracted by the length of it and just give up.  Which is funny given that I get such satisfaction from crossing things off a list.  I admit that I'm the kind of person that adds something to a list after I've done it, just so I can cross it off.

So when some of my blogging friends started talking about their word of the year, I thought it was such a good idea.  A word of the year encompasses so much without the big long list and frees one up from the pressures of completing said list.  I'd like to say that it's take me this long to get my word up because I wanted to pick just the right word, but in reality (again), I had trouble settling on my word.

I finally did and I think it's the perfect word for me to focus on this year.  My word for 2013 is breathe.

When you Breathe you Inhale and you Exhale - Change Quote

You see, I have a LOT of changes coming up this year.  It's time again this summer, to move.  Ironically, you'd think this would be a piece of cake given the number of times we've moved in the last 6 years.  On the outside I seen calm, cool, and collected about each pack out, but I start worrying (months and months in advance) about all the little details.  This move will come with more "details" than ever since we're heading back to the United States (Yippeee!).  This time around we've the added pressure of selling the house we've been renting out and buying a new house that's big enough to fit the 2 extra children we're returning with.  Not so much in itself but there's the complication that it needs to be done before the oldest starts school so we don't have to move him mid-year.  Then there are preschools to find, friends to make, and another huge change that I'm not quite ready to discuss. And NO it is not a pregnancy!

Photo via: Yoga Vibes
There are so many things I want to accomplish with this little blog and new sewing skills I'd like to learn.  So many things I'd like to improve upon as a mother, wife, friend.  My inner mind is bursting with excitement but also the dreaded insomnia that comes with all things new.  I don't want to waste time worrying about things.  I need to breathe, accept, and be flexible.  I don't want to get bogged down in trying so hard to survive that I forget to actually live this life that I've been given.

Breathe in.  Breath out.
Photo via: Globul Art
I might need to fit in a little more of this.

How about you?  Are you a yearly resolutions or a big, all encompassing word kinda' gal?

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  1. Last year it took me until well into the new year to hit on my word, too. Wishing you calming breaths all year, friend.

  2. Great word! I have been known to hold my breath far too much myself. So, yes, breathe. Sounds like you have an awful lot on your plate. (Where in the US are you moving to? Is it an exciting thing to move back?) People always remark on my 'poise', at times when I feel incredibly stressed! It's funny because I almost always think that it is a symptom of the fact that I am usually bottling up my stress so I hate getting that compliment. Can't win.

  3. I've just realised I haven't been breathing properly lately - hmmm, I do need to get back into a bit of yoga and focusing on breathing every now and then. My thoughts and to do list is running a mile a minute at the moment, driving me nuts!

    I hope your move goes smoothly - I know what you mean about constant thoughts about all the things you need to do. I'm glad we won't be moving again for a while.

  4. breathe is such a good one especially with all the big things in store. That's exciting but I can totally see how the little reminder could totally be helpful through all of it.

  5. Breathe is such a great goal for the year. You really have a lot of exciting things coming up!! A move back to the US!!!! YAY!!!! We can't wait to have you back :) just remember that you can only climb one mountain at a time. that is what one of my mom's friends told her when she was selling her house to move near me last month. my mom was trying to make decisions based on a house that she didn't find yet and she was completely overwhelming herself. Just climb each mountain as you meet it and remember to breathe :)

    i like this one word approach to the year. i am definitely a goal maker and limit myself to 3 because i can always do 2 out of 3 things :) i also like to cross things off lists. Hubby just got me these whitey boards that are peel and stick dry erase boards. i have been making lists and putting them everywhere!

  6. Great word! I think I need to remember to do that more, too :)


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