Saturday, December 31, 2011

My Word For 2012: FOCUS

Starting last year, I decided that rather than make a list of resolutions, I’d have a word that would be my theme for the year and I’d try to apply it to all the things I wanted to do.

For 2011  it was “DISCOVER" and I think it worked well. It was a year of lots of new things…son’s graduation from HS and starting college ( and discovering how to let go!) ; changing jobs ( discovering new skills); all kinds of blogging discoveries like new bloggy friends, ideas,technical how-tos etc. You get the idea.
I decided I’d stick with this idea for 2012 and pick a new word.

2012’s word for me is FOCUS:
This word just fit into all the things I keep thinking about for the year ahead. I want to FOCUS  on me. Not in a selfish way, but in a healthy way. Taking better care of my physical and mental health. Ensuring that I’m in good shape so I can be there for those I love.

I made this printable to frame and hang outside my office door as a daily reminder.

I also want to FOCUS on things I want to do in blogging. Continue to grow but stay authentic. FOCUS on why I started blogging and have it be part of my creativity but not dictate my creativity. FOCUS on expanding realationships while maintaining the ones I already value and treasure.

You know I can't resist an opportunity to make a pun so I also want to FOCUS on taking better pictures. I'm excited to play with a portable light box I got for Christmas!!

FOCUS on the US in my relationship with hubs. We celebrated our 20th Anniversary this year and yet it seems like just yesterday that we got married. We’re still adjusting to this whole empty nest thing but as hard as it was to adjust to our son being gone for long chunks of time, we re-DISCOVERED what it’s like to be a couple again, just the two of us. In 2012 I want to FOCUS on that some more in 2012. Love you so much Mr. C.

I want to FOCUS on the things that are really important and not dwell on the things that aren't. That's something I know I need to work on...just a little OCD sometimes!

So you get the picture. This just clicked for me as a word that encompassed everything. Do you have a word that describes what you want from 2012?


Jamie said...

What a great goal! I could use a little more focus myself :)

Screaming Sardine said...

Hi, Carol -

Congrats on the upcoming 20th anniversary!!

I think "focus" is a great thing to...focus on in the new year. :) I definitely need more of it, as I tend to like to brainstorm about ideas, and often don't have the focus (or attention span) to follow them through. "Focus" it is for me in 2012 as well.

Happy New Year!

Tracy Screaming Sardine

lindalou said...

Sounds like a good word for 2012. Have a Great New Year.

Unknown said...

I think 2012 will be my year of focus as well. I have the ocd thing as well and sometimes it is hard to focus on what is really important. Thanks for commenting on my post every time I join your parties, I truly appreciate your thoughtful and honest comments. Thank you for making blog-land better and positive! Thank you enjoy 2012!

Michelle said...

When you break it down like that, FOCUS is a perfect word, I think we could all use a little bit more focus in our lives. Good luck with it and have a Happy New Year.

The Messy Roost said...

Hey Carol, wow, it is like you have been inside my head.... You have pretty much nailed it -- Focus is for everyone, in so many ways. I wish you much of it in the upcoming year. Thank you so much for all the inspiration in this one.


Our Hopeful Home said...

If anyone can FOCUS it is you! I know 2012 will bring good things for you. Thanks for the laughter and the friendship. Happy New Year!

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

Excellent word for 2012, Carol! I could do with the same. :)

Tonii said...

I love your choice of Focus!! I could definitely have used that one as well:) I always choose a word too...this year mine is cherish. Thank you for sharing!

Unknown said...

Great word! I haven't even had time to think about my goals or even a word for 2012!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

I like your word for this year. I could use that one too but I chose "flourish" for my word this year.

Unknown said...

Love those wall scones. What a fantastic idea she had. Thanks for linking up to Scatter Girls : )