Why I Chose a Word of the Year
Word of the Year. I know you have heard this. You may or may not subscribe to this mindset and that’s okay, too. This is the first year I chose a word, and I want to tell you why.
I have been hearing about the “word of the year” for quite a while now. I didn’t get it. I mean, if your word of the year is “health” or “purpose” or whatever word you have chosen – should you not always be living your life with those words in mind? I admit it. I was a cynic.
Then several months ago – I experienced something I’ve never had before. At least, not at this kind of level.
I had had minor bouts of depression here and there – but this was deeper than any degree I had ever undergone. Usually, I could mentally whip myself out of it. If nothing else, a good dose of guilt would usually do the trick.
“I have NO right to be depressed.”
” I should be ashamed of myself for being depressed.”
My blog was suffering. My house was a mess. I was a mess.
And that is when it occurred to me.
I had to learn to accept a few things about myself.
I’m no longer a young woman. I don’t mean that as if I am sad about the wrinkles and the gray hair because I am not. But, I am sad that I simply cannot accomplish as much as I used to when I was younger. I mean – even Wonder Woman finally hung up her cape as she matured. 😀
My health issues weren’t getting any better and I had basically given up on doctors. I knew that 2018 was the year I took my own health back. In my heart, I felt if I did not do something I would literally die.
So what is my Word of the Year you may ask?
I can hear you. That makes NO sense. Let me try to explain.
The opposite of under is OVER? Almost everything going on in my life last year and had put me in a depression started with OVER. Over-worked. Over-eating. Over-tired. Over-stressed. So this year, I will strive for UNDER.
That means taking time for Barb. Saying no when I simply cannot take on another task. Even putting this blog a bit on the back burner so I can do more of the things that make me happy.
So, to everyone who has ever chosen a Word of the Year – I apologize. I get it now. Your word is to gently remind you. To be a guide. To help you remember something which is too easily forgotten.
While the word “Under” may not be as inspiring as other Words of the Year that you may have heard about – I am okay with it. Sometimes it’s the simplest of words that have the most impact.
Finding Balance. Finding Core. Finding Barb.
I have a super huge announcement to make…
One way I have decided to ease my stress is to take on a blog partner. She is a very dear person to me and a best friend. She is my niece, Katie.
Military Wife, Mama to three amazing little girls, a Homeschool Mom and an incredibly loving and caring person. She has played a large role in my decision to take back my health. It’s not unusual for me to text her at midnight and say “Help! I need an oil for….”
So, I asked Katie to come aboard The Everyday Home and share her knowledge about oils and natural healthy living. Don’t worry. If you’re not into oils this blog will not become The Everyday Oily Home. Ha! But, I think you will enjoy what she has to share. So please give her a huge welcome for me.
Next week, I am sooooo incredibly happy to announce I am giving away a FREE 1-year Calendar Printable to everyone who has signed up for my Email List or for any new subscribers. Here are a few samples…
12 Custom Designed Watercolor Calendar Printables. Stay tuned Sunday!!!
In the meantime, here is your FREE January 2018 Calendar Printable.
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