Friday, January 17, 2014

My One Little Word List :)

I think it was in 2007 when Ali Edwards started choosing a word to focus on for the year.
You can read her 2014 OLW post *Here*
The past few years I have chosen words off and on.
Last year was Humor. The year before was Breathe. And truthfully, I don't remember the other words I may have chosen. None of them really stuck with me.
Humor was a good one though. I did try to keep it in mind often throughout the year. Especially during trying times when I really needed a sense of humor. :)

And now it is 2014. A new year.
And my word that I am going to try to remember is FOCUS.
This is what I want for myself this year. The ability to focus.
Journaling - My One Little Word for this year is Focus because it is something I seem to lack right now. My mind is completely overwhelmed at times by the myriad of tasks I need to accomplish each day, week and month. If I can try and focus a little more on getting one or two things done instead of multi-tasking so much, things might go just a little smoother around here. And I can focus on what is really important! My family.

Focusing on:
1. My family - Being present and in the moment when I am with them. Not letting my mind race ahead to what I need to get done or could be doing so I can cross something off my to do list
2. Exercise - Trying to exercise at least 5x a week.
3. Eating well - cutting sweets, no fast food, and more water. (doing ok with this one already)
4. One room at a time - going through the house room by room and trying to get it organized, get rid of things we don't need, and make a plan for cohesive decorating
5. A Personal Schedule - Keeping track of and managing my time efficiently. Focus on tasks that need to be done without procrastinating. Stop trying to do to many things at once.
6. Scrapbooking - less time on the computer and more time getting pages done.

2014 is my year to have a little more focus, and a little less "all over the place".
I think I can do it!
Have you picked a word this year?

This post is part of a list-making project called Lists With Friends 2014, an effort to document the year in lists of all types!


  1. LOVING your OLW and awesome goals you have set!!

  2. Your layout is awesome, Mary Jo. Love the grid design! I don't have a word, but focus is definitely a great choice. Yoga definitely helps me with focus.

  3. Wonderful word, Mary Jo, love the little cards you created! I have no doubt you'll be able to make the most of incorporating this word into your life in the months to follow! Have a great weekend :)

  4. Great goals!
    My OLW this year is the same as last...Unlock.
    I have written apost but still to add the crafty goals that I hope my OLW guides me through.

  5. You picked a great word! I am still mulling mine over...i am pretty sure I have it done, but not quite ready to shout it from the rooftops Have a great weekend!

  6. I love your list Mary Jo! #4 is so me!!! Pretty much every year I start with this plan, lol! Great layout too!! I'm taking Ali's class for the first time and so far I am loving it. :):) Evie

  7. Great layout! I really love your list of what you need to focus on.

    Every year I attempt OLW, and have even taken Ali's class, but I have trouble keeping focus on my word. I'm going to try again this year though :)

  8. Love this Mary Jo! Sounds like you've thought about it a lot and know exactly where to "focus" your efforts. I wish you much success with your word.

  9. beautiful Mary Jo! You will have a wonderful year!!

  10. Love your word! Good one! Wishing you all these things on 2014! Beautiful!

  11. This is a great word.
    I think I should copy your list as this is what I need to work on as well.
    I was thinking of doing OLW as well, but the only word I could think of was unprocrasinate…but I don't think that it is even a real word ;)

  12. I think my word needs to be perspective!

  13. OMG! I just did my blog post and my word is the same as yours how funny is that!!
    IKWYM Im a little ovewhelmded at times too and that is one of the reason I used that word too!
    Love your LO!!
    I havent created anything yet but I plan on it in a few days for OLW!

  14. I don't know where my other comment went? Hopefully not posting twice.. But.. I have almost the same list as you- too funny!!

  15. Focus is a perfect word!! I love it!

  16. Love this post! Focus is my work for 2014, too, although I haven't broken it down like you have. That is truly focus!