Monday, January 19, 2009

And the word of the year is......

PROGRESS

progress - (noun) 1. a moving forward 2. development 3. improvement (intransitive verb) 1. to move forward 2. to advance towards a goal; develop or improve


Yes, I know we're already a few weeks into this new year, but hey, you don't know...maybe I've been making progress on some things that have prevented me from blogging about my word. Or, I just haven't gotten to it, yet. Well, now is the time.


The challenge is to pick a word that will stick with you throughout this year. A word to reflect on or focus on. Something to work on or move towards or revel in.....a couple of words I've seen floating around the blog-o-sphere are CALM & CULTIVATE. Good choices indeed.


I thought that picking the word would be difficult, but really....the word came to me quickly.


Progress encompasses so many areas for me, from simple all the way over to difficult. I would love to organize our closets and home office and have a "system" that works for organizing. But that means more than just cleaning out the closets....I've done that a million times before. I need a plan....


I'm making progress in health related areas, too. Specifically, shedding baby weight! I'll probably post more later about the gym I go to (CrossFit) and how ridiculously hard the workouts are.


I'm dedicated to making progress in really abstract areas of life, too. For example, NOT Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve and freaking out at my dear husband as the minutes tick by. Also, starting some cool traditions that can bring us closer as a family. Maybe I'll work on not leaving clean clothes in the laundry basket for a week...or make a few scrapbook pages for children other than my first born.


The most important area of progress is happening in my relationship with Christ. Even though I committed my life to Christ 17 years ago, God isn't done with me yet! Thank goodness! He has shown me a lot of things that I need to work on to be more like the person He created me to be. The work is hard ( terrifying, excruciating, humbling, etc.) but the results will be well worth it!


So, as you can tell, I'll be making a lot of PROGRESS over here....


What's your word?

6 comments:

Jo Buckner said...

Okay...I'm gonna follow in your and Dozzi's lead! Be on the lookout for my "Word of the Year"...
http://3gals1littleguy.blogspot.com

Crafty P said...

HA! someone called me Dozzi! Jo, that totally takes me back.

Great word Rachel. I can't wait to hear about all your progress this year. It's a win/win kind of word, you know. You'll always be making progress and there's always more progress to be made. hmmm, so thoughtful.

I'm all about calm. well, not all about it, but I'm working on it.

Do you have a verse to accompany this word? such a good thing to find to encourage you on the path of progress!

Rebecca said...

Well you go with your bad self, Rachel, and make some progress...as for me and mine we'll be cultivating up a storm this year and as a result of our cultivications (a word? no? oh well...) we, too, will make progress. Progress is good.

As for freaking out your husband on Christmas Eve, I must say, I simply find comfort in that I am not alone.

Here's to progress all around!

Courtney said...

Did you get your word from Obama? :)

I'm going to have to think about mine.....based on my big bday I'm going through a bit of an evaluation/freakout of my life. I'm sure there's a wise guiding word in there somewhere!

Jmarz said...

My word is trust. It will be something that I strive for and look for. Maybe it is progress that I am striving for trust.

Crafty P said...

You must be making a lot of progress over there. just not in the blogging world.

we had a lovely time at the museum friday! 2nd time it has not been crowded at all! love no field trip days!