One Little Word – 2015 Edition
Aside from photography, I also dabble in scrapbooking and design for a magazine (Scrapbook and Cards Today). In the scrapbook world it is a big deal to choose “One Little Word” for your year. A word that is either something you want to strive for, something you want to change or something you want to encompass you for the year. Although I’m not as active in the scrapbook community this is still something I like to do every year. It makes me reflect on the past year and look ahead to what is coming in the year ahead.
I can’t seem to find my blog post, but last year my word was PATIENCE. I knew we had a big year coming with a move halfway around the world to a place that was the most temporary we had been in all these military years. Things always go awry at some point in a move, even if it’s only 5 miles away, and you just come to expect it. Looking back I think we did pretty well keeping our cool and rolling with the punches, even as we sat in the Virginia DMV and were told we didn’t have the proper paperwork to tag our new vehicle!
I have to admit that December found me losing my patience a bit with our current housing situation, but it’s a new month and a new year, and this is the year we move so all will be well in just a few months.
I went back and forth on what to choose for this year and one word kept coming back to me.
Those who know me know that I’m generally a quiet person to begin with so it’s not so much geared towards my own voice, but to the internal conversations I have with myself!
There is always self doubt about how I’m mothering, how I’m spousing (that’s a word, right?!), and of course self doubt about my work as a photographer.
We are moving again this year so at some point I will definitely get agitated and fly off the handle about where we’re going, why don’t we have orders, and where in the hell is that moving truck?!
I also want to be more quiet in these thoughts and let a higher power do His work. I’ve mentioned it before that we had a rough 2013 spiritually due to outside circumstances, and slowly, but with determination, I’m finding my way back. We found a great church where the priests are straight forward and to the point (which I like) and I’m finding my heart and mind more open and rather than bringing me anxiety, it is bringing me peace.
Moving to an area where we are only here a year and having lots of time to myself, I find I’m enjoying this quiet and getting my thoughts straight before acting on them.
It’s going to be a good year and I look forward to all the adventures – quiet, deafening and otherwise.