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I’ve heard a few bloggers post lately about having a guiding/theme word for the new year. Maybe I’m just hiding under a rock, but it’s a totally new concept to me. Am I alone? Over the last couple days I’ve been thinking about what word I think seems best suited for the year to come.

If I could sum-up 2013 in one word, it would be discovery. Joe and I experienced so many new things this past year. We explored a new city, embraced new jobs, met new people, made new friends, started learning how to train a puppy, tackled home projects we didn’t know we were capable of. It was as if we were discovering something new every day, and it was exciting.

For 2014, I think I’ll choose two words if that’s okay. I suppose I’m making the rules, so 2014 is going to be guided by the words discipline and patience.

Lately, God’s been pressing upon my heart that I need to strive for greater patience in my life, that I need to feel at peace with his plans and his timing in all things, not just the things I “allow” him to control. As someone who likes to be in control, I don’t find it easy to hand over the reigns to someone else. This extends into the smaller aspects of life, too. Joe and I joke that somehow we always end up in the line that takes the longest at Target or the mall or anywhere. It’s a running joke between us, but I have to wonder if maybe it isn’t a coincidence? Maybe it’s a gentle reminder that I need to work on having more patience and extending that patience to those who need it. I certainly ask others to have patience with me!

As for discipline, that’s something I’ve felt totally convicted about for a while now. Discipline with our family finances, with the foods I choose to eat (or not to eat), with our exercise routines, with the timeliness of my responses to e-mails and just getting stuff done when it needs to be done. I’m a procrastinator by nature and it’s driven my mom nuts for years. And although I’ll always probably be a little bit of a procrastinator, I would like to improve upon that if possible.

For me, the idea of having general words to guide the year rather than specific resolutions seems to be more applicable to daily life. I’m also hoping that it sets me up for success rather than failure, like a lot of resolutions in years past. I’m a little nervous having voiced that these words are my guiding words for the year, since I have a feeling that I’ll find plenty of circumstances where I can put my words into action in the year to come!

What about you? Do you do resolutions or have a “word of the year” that you try to live by?
Madison

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  • Amanda Ingle

    Alright talk to me about the planner. I really want to buy it but it’s more expensive than I would normally spend! Do you like it?

    • MadisonMayberry

      Hi Amanda! I really do love the planner. It’s fabulous, really well organized and has already been helping me stay on track with everything I’ve got going on. It’s larger in size, so if you’re looking for something you take everywhere, this might not be the best planner, but I really do love it.

  • agodfashionedlife

    I’m one of those that pick a word for the year. I’ve picked LOVE for this year. Praying that God will flourish in you in 2014, Madison!

    http://agodfashionedlife.com

    • MadisonMayberry

      What a great word, Allison! Love that you’re on the “word of the year” boat, too.

  • http://livefaithfully.blogspot.com/ Urban Wife

    Those are great words! I’m still trying to pick a focus word for this year and think it’s a fabulous concept.

    • MadisonMayberry

      Let me know what you pick! :)

      • http://livefaithfully.blogspot.com/ Urban Wife

        I ended up picking a phrase (grow in grace) and it was easier than picking one word.

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    I’ve been on the fence with this whole “word of the year” thing, but I really like the words you chose and how you plan to flesh them out over the year. Knowing I don’t have to narrow it down to one word, too, helps. :) Thanks for the motivation, dear!

    • MadisonMayberry

      You and me both, friend. But I think it will be a good way to stay focused without getting down on myself about not meeting my resolutions. :)

  • http://www.discoveringmykismet.com/ Corinne

    I love your choice of words! I have a bit of a personal question (you don’t have to answer if you don’t want to) but do you read any devotionals? If so, do you have any books or materials that you would recommend? Happy New Year!

    • MadisonMayberry

      Hi Corinne! I don’t mind at all. Last year I used the devotional “Jesus Calling” which was a great quick read that was insightful at the same time. I recently finished a Bible study with women from my church called “Discerning the Will of God” by Priscilla Shrirer which was great. We’re about to start “Breaking Free’ from Beth Moore which I’m excited about as well. Happy New Year to you, too!

  • Caitlin Murphy

    My word for 2014 is “balance”. I really need to work on balancing my social and work lives. I need to prioritize my time and say “no” more to social invitations and focus on the good people in my life (I say “yes” to way to many things out of obligation!). Balance my exercise with recharging my batteries, balance my food choices. Balance, Balance, Balance.

    • Madison Mayberry

      Oh I can totally relate, Caitlin! It’s so hard to balance everything and manage where you spend your time. Good luck with your word/goal!

  • http://www.whitneybiber.blogspot.com/ whitney

    my word for 2014 is simplify! :)

    • Madison Mayberry

      Love that choice of word, Whitney!

  • Kathleen

    I love the idea of picking a word for the year to focus on. I just can’t decide what my word for this year is going to be :) The idea started from a scrapbooker (I believe) named Ali Edwards. She is a fabulous writer and super creative. She also creates a class every year to help you be more intentional with your word. (http://aliedwards.com/shop/one-little-word-2014)