Wednesday, 4 January 2012

One Little Word 2011/2012

Happy New Year too all my blogland friends! I hope that you all had a great Christmas and got everything you wanted. I was thoroughly spoiled this year and got quite a few gadgets to play with, including an iPod Shuffle and a new (to me) DSLR camera. Consequently, I've been taking a lot of photo's over the last week or so to convince myself that I *can* shoot on manual. I'm not sure if it's working at all, but I'm having fun!

Now, the New Year is here and it's time for many of us to make our New Year's resolutions. Well, I dispensed with those last year and decided to live my year by One Little Word instead. My chosen word for 2011 was 'Reclaim'. It was quite a difficult word to live by, but I think I managed it in a lot of ways... and failed dismally in others. So in 2011 my word was manifested in:

  • the Kitchen: We reclaimed the room and some extra space by knocking down the boiler cupboard and integrating it into the kitchen and fitting new kitchen units, flooring etc. It looks lovely and I actually look forward to cooking now. Result!
  • the Finances: We installed our new 'Cash only' system in the form of the Envelope system. So far this is working wonders! Ok, so we're not out of debt yet, but we have managed to get through some emergencies and Christmas without having to increase our overdraft. Result!
  • the Nappies: Potty training Weeself was a mission and a half! However, after 3 months the message finally sank in and I was able to reclaim the 'nappy' bag for other use. Result!
So there were also some failures along the way. Firstly, my weightloss. Well, lets just say that it completely stopped. Thankfully, I managed to limit the damage and haven't actually piled any of the weight back on again. Secondly, I struggled with Depression during the summer.... not exactly 'reclaiming' the life I wanted to lead. Thirdly, we took a step backwards with regards to churches. The less said about that the better. However, other than that I think 2011 was a pretty good year over all!

This year I will be attempting to live by One Little Word again. I think it's a great alternative to making New Year's Resulotions which get broken before the end of January comes round. So my word for 2012 is: 'Persevere'.

I'm hoping that I can 'Persevere' this year in: 
  • My weightloss
  • Stampin' Up!
  • Crafting
  • PTA
  • Finding a new church
  • Loving my family
  • Making a home
  • My faith
  • Fitness
  • Blogging more regularly
  • Learning to use my DSLR properly
There's a lot on my list but I don't think any of them are out of my reach. 

Do you make New Year's Resolutions or do you live by One Little Word? If you're a OLW person what is your word for 2012? 

See you soon!


  1. My OLW for this year would be Free(dom)! Living in a democrate country means being free, having freedom , but still there are a lot of times where I feel 'claimed' by what people expect from me... Like I should apologize for choosing my crafts over my household today... I don't need negative responses and so I'm going to free myself from the negative people around me and take life from the bright side!
    Good luck to you, I think your list looks great! Write it down and stick it to the fridge or your mirror so you're reminded of them every day! ♥
    Warm hugs from the Netherlands

  2. That sounds like an excellent word for building on last year.

    My word is Pursue. I think it is going to be challenging, more than some previous words, but it seems to be what I need. I'm still thinking about some of the meaning, but I think basically it will be pursuing God's best for my life.

  3. Hi Anthea, am popping over from Fran's blog to try and introduce myself to other UIU Pledge takers. Looking forward to see what you create hugs Karen x


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