Choose Joy

I’m not a big fan of “New Year’s Resolutions.” I never seem to accomplish them. I always feel like a failure by February 1 because I know those resolutions were made in vain, and they’ll probably never actually come to fruition (especially those pesky “I’m going to lose xx pounds” ones….why do we do that to ourselves??). 

Of course, I used to make those frivolous resolutions before I had kids because I actually believed I would accomplish them. Now I know better. Maybe “better” isn’t the right word. Maybe I need to say my priorities have changed. I have changed. And it’s not been a change for the worse.

I’d much rather choose a word or an idea to focus on throughout this next year than a silly old resolution. One, singular word that I can zero in on throughout the year. It should be easy, right (or at least easier to remember)?

My word for 2016 is Joy.Today I Choose Joy Why joy? Well, why not joy? Joy means “a feeling of great pleasure and happiness” or “to rejoice.” I’d like to do a lot of both of those things in 2016.Joy in CircumstancesWhat does joy mean to me? It means saying yes to things I love and having the courage to say no to anything else. I have a really hard time with that. I’m definitely a yes person. I say yes to so many things, I get stressed out because I overcommit. Over the last 6 months, I’ve said yes to a lot of things on this blog that I didn’t love. I just kinda liked them or felt obligated to do them (ugh, that feeling has been the worst one to come to terms with). In 2016, if a blogging opportunity brings me great joy, I will say yes to it. If there is any part of me that is not in it, it will have to be a no. Hold me accountable, will you?Keep Choosing Joy My other reason for choosing joy to represent my year is a selfish one. These next 7 months are my last to spend at home with my girls. I can finally say this year is THE year that they start school. It’s such a bittersweet time, and I want to make sure I don’t waste any of it. Choosing joy in the difficult moment won’t be a walk in the park, but I know that being intentional about choosing the joy in life will make the hard moments less stressful and more about learning and growing together as a family. My girls have been teaching me so much about life over the last (almost) 5 years, I am certain they’ve made me a better person because of it. Joy in the JourneyWhat’s your word for 2016? How do you envision your year going? Brad Paisley Quote