It was the unusual rainy day of January 1st, New Year’s Day, the warm coffee Mike and I ordered at Starbucks and the milk tea drinks that Kayla and Arielle were enjoying that pulled us all together to think of our one-word for 2015. I’ve been thinking of mine since the last week of December 2014, but the words that came to mind didn’t feel “the one”. I thought of SHARPEN. HONE. FAMILY. EMBRACE. Each had a special ring to it but they didn’t totally capture what I was feeling in my heart.
After we had all sat down around our table, I threw the question again, “So, what’s your one-word?” Then, just like that, one by one, they said it.
Arielle: Since it’s going to be my gap year, my one-word is ADVENTURE!
Kayla: Sports and Art…SPARTS!
I said to myself that maybe, my one-word should be EMBRACE. To embrace Mike’s opportunities, Kayla’s interest in sparts, and Arielle’s adventure in her gap year. But a better and more apt word came to mind. It’s OPEN! That’s it! This 2015, I will be OPEN to opportunities that will come our way in terms of business ideas and means of living. I will be OPEN to Kayla’s rekindling interest in sports, particularly golf, and her developing skills in art. I will be OPEN to Arielle’s adventures while she’s on her gap year…her new discoveries and new experiences to prepare her for college! Lastly, I will be OPEN to new connections that I will be making as I go through my 2015 journey.
Since 2013, thinking of my one-word every start of the new year has been a yearly tradition for me and it’s been a powerful motivator. It has helped me to stay focused when I get distracted or discouraged. 2013 was GROW, and 2014 was FAITH. Last year, I also declared my INTENTION which was another great inspiration to have side by side with my one-word.
It just feels GREAT to have that one-word to guide me this year. That one-word to remind me to be optimistic and keep the positivity. But a greater reminder for me would be the unchanging TRUTH that God has a plan for me and that whatever happens, I should live each day of the year trusting that all is part of God’s great plan and unique purpose for me. Ultimately, I should be OPEN to God’s mysterious ways and handiwork in everything!
As I end this, here is a perfect prayer with my one-word for 2015:
God, I’m excited to see what You have planned for me this year. Whatever I face, I will not be intimidated. I will begin this year by seeing myself as You do — happy, healthy, and prosperous. Thank you for the gift of another year. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen
Happy New Year, Happy New Beginning, everyone! I would love to know what your one-word is for 2015 and why!