JOY. My One Little Word for 2015. It is a fairly common word, but it is exactly the word I need this year. Last year was difficult for me for many reasons. Many good things happened, but many stressful things as well. Stress won.

Last year I found myself dwelling on the negative and waiting for the positive just to magically enter my life. Finally I realized that in order to be happy, I needed to choose to be happy. I was not making that choice.

So as 2014 wound down, I started looking forward to a fresh start (which, ironically was my word for last year—FRESH). The word JOY popped into my head almost immediately. When I told my husband what my word is, he said that he had chosen to focus on that same sentiment in 2015. I knew I had found my word.

This quotation sums up my goals for the year:

joy quotation

I am committed to choosing JOY this year. I do not want to wait for JOY to happen to me. And I do not want deny myself and my family great experiences because I am dwelling too much on the negative.

One of the things that brings me much JOY is scrapbooking. I plan to use my creative time to keep JOY in my life. So I have decided to shake things up a little and find new ways for memory keeping.

One of the new things I am doing is using a Heidi Swapp planner for OLW. I am just adapting the month’s prompts so that I can record my response in the planner format. January’s prompts worked well in the planner—I will see how well this new format works for me during the rest of the year.

What is your One Little Word for the year?

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