I know I say this every year, but I'm pretty darn excited about this year's One Little Word: Progress. This is my fifth year playing along with Ali Edwards and her One Little Word, and I do believe that one word can (and does) change an entire year. In the past I have chosen "balance," "nourish", "less" and "commit" as my words and each made an impact on my life.
Last year's word, "commit" turned out to be frustrating as all get-out. "Commit" is so black and white. At first I thought I was going to like that--it is certainly easy to know if I "committed" to my monthly goals or not. What ended up happening was that my one little word kicked my butt. There was no room for being less-than-perfect with "commit". With "commit," everything I did was either A+ or F. There was no room for effort or trying. I hated "commit" by the end of the year.
This year, I'm striving for progress.
noun \ˈprä-grəs, -ˌgres, US also & British usually ˈprō-ˌgres\
: movement forward or toward a place
This year, I want to see progress, not necessarily perfection. I feel like the word "progress" has been chasing me since October when I read Elise's quote, "Big Things Happen One Day at a Time." I bought three of her "Progress, Not Perfection" trackers to track three specific goals in 2015. I want to make progress towards getting back in shape. I want to make progress on creative projects. I want to make progress in my relationships. I want to make progress in my faith. Those are all good things.
Mostly, I want to have a year full of little daily goals that add up to an amazing 2015.
Here's to a year full of progress in 2015!