Happiness! I was struggling with this choice and I kept thinking about words like progress, accomplishment and success, trying them on and shrugging them off one by one. None of them felt quite right. I was actually making myself a little crazy about it, making a huge list of possible words, thinking, considering, debating. Let me just tell you it wasn't good.
But then I saw the quote above on Pinterest and it just hit me - that's what I want. I want to do more of what makes me happy. Real, authentic happiness, that makes you feel all warm and tingly - that's what I need in my days and my year. When I'm sitting in this same seat a year from now I want to look back with satisfaction on all I accomplished, all my successes and my growth. But what I most want to do is look back and feel the glow from all the happiness I created and experienced in 2012. I think especially when you work inside the home it's easy to let the need to do's and the should do's take precedence over the do because it makes you happy. Don't get me wrong, I'm not giving up doing the dishes or the laundry or the vacuuming and I'm still a 24/7/365 Mom but I'd like to include more of the things big and small that connect me to myself and make me feel happy about getting done. I also like the word and concept of happiness because it's something I have control over and when you stop to really notice it you suddenly become so aware and grateful for all the places you find it in your life. So my word for 2012 is happiness, it fits, it feels right and I'm excited about it!
So as I thought about what would bring more happiness into my life, the answer came, space. I would feel thrilled to have less clutter and more space. So my first happiness project is to let go of some (hopefully a LOT) of the clutter in our home. I feel like that would help open the creative gates and create a space for work to happen. I'd also love to clear out some of my many works-in-progress!
If you're at all interested in the idea of a word of the year you can find more info from the One Little Word series over at Ali Edwards - the post where she asked people to share their 2012 words had 850+ responses and made for inspiring reading. So here's to intention rather than resolutions, I'm ready to see where it takes me :-)