Happy New Year.
Yes, we are day or so into the year, but hey, it's still pretty brand spanking new.
As I was guest hosting with Audra Harders on the wildly popular Seekerville blog yesterday--once at 10am and again at Midnight--I realized that the One Word challenge they use is pretty cool. It was really interesting to see what people had chosen.
The idea is to pick the One Word that encapsulates what you want or need to happen this year. Be it with in your faith, writing or life.
So as the clock was ticking down, I thought and ruminated and stressed, then picked mine.
Last year it was SIMPLIFY, this year it's PACE.
I've been pushing hard and it's been taking a toll, slowly accumulating stress, which I. DO. NOT. WANT!
I knew simplify would take more than a year of practicing. Throwing away, putting away, organizing. And the task continues.
But pacing myself better not take a year to become a habit. I liken it to a training regime for an athlete; constant and with gains each work out.
I want to publish at least two books a year and work on my screenwriting, and create a new cozy mystery series.
But I also want to relearn the piano, learn the intricacies of my camera and studio software. And travel is in the picture as well. I have to be healthy to travel...and of course that includes exercise and eating balanced meals. (Does that exclude wine?)
So yep, PACE is my One Word. It's the only way I'm going to do all the things I want to do and not stress out and be sick. Stress is a killer.
Tell me your One Word. Maybe I'll make a list and we can start a tradition here at Five Scribes.
Here's to a healthy, happy, and successful new year.
Now go practice your One Word.