My One Word and a New Year’s Resolution for 2015


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It’s the first day of 2015! Don’t you just love the fresh new start that the turning of the year brings?

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing a number of 2015 goals and projects, but first I want to talk about the My One Word project. Have you heard about it? The idea is to pick a theme for the year, a word to tie goals, plans, and action steps together.

I knew as early as November what I wanted my word for 2015 to be. Ready? My word for 2015 is CREATE. In 2015, I’m especially determined to:

~ Create craft projects (and bring them to completion).

~ Create relationships (or improve existing relationships).

~ Create memories (and record them!). 

~Create words (and read them!).

I’m the kind of person who needs a structure and a checklist to accomplish my goals. So to help motivate myself towards my goals, I’m making a plan.

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I’m giving my plan for craft projects a name. It’s called CREATE2015. Every month, I’m going to create some kind of craft project (or finish something that’s been sitting unfinished in a box for too long!).

To keep myself motivated (and to motivate you to work towards your resolutions), I’ll share my monthly project on here on the 1st day of every month and then progress on the 15th, 16th, or 17th of the month.

So what’s my project for January?

4 mixed paper journals. 

Ever since I saw these mixed paper books from Elise Joy and this mini-book from A Beautiful Mess, I’ve wanted to try to create an mini mixed-paper journal. (Another example is here.)

I started two back in November and am thrilled with the project and the process so far.

CREATE RELATIONSHIPS (and improve existing ones!).

This item is an umbrella that encompasses a number of goals that I want to work towards. I want to be better about keeping up with old friends. I want to network professionally more intentionally. I want to work towards building deeper friendships in our new home. I’m still figuring out how to create a productive tangible plan for myself, but I love Anne Runyan’s 4 x 4 networking challenge.

CREATE MEMORIES (and record them).

I am determined to catch up on my memory-keping this year (leaning heavily on Becky Higgin’s Project Life system). I’ll share more on this in a few days, but I’m excited to start January by organizing my pictures, backing them up safely (thanks to a practical Christmas gift from my husband!), and creating an action plan for 2015 memory-keeping.

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CREATE WORDS (and read them).

Words have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, but the adventures of 2014 (having a baby, moving, changing jobs) meant that I read (and wrote) less than is normal for me in 2014. In 2015, I’m determined to get back on track, writing and reading regularly, both professionally and personally.

I’m so grateful for everything that 2014 brought to me and my family. But I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store!

So what is your One Word for 2015? Goals? Projects? I want to know! Let’s chat about goal-setting in the comments.

  1. Great post, Emily. Honestly, I’ve never been one to make resolutions/goals in the new year. But, I’d like to think about it in the way you’ve proposed, through a word (the linguist in me!).

    • Thanks, Audrey! I love the way the One Word project focuses me without creating pressure.

  2. Emily! This is beautiful! I am so thrilled to meet you. My blog doesn’t allow me to respond to posts where it lets you know so I wanted to stop by! I adore your tender, thoughtful heart and creative eye! Looking forward to following you! Xo!