One Word 2015

Happy New Year everyone! Can you believe it's the first day of a brand new year? So many possibilities, so many exciting opportunities await. I'm just excited to be starting this new year cuddled up with Nick with a pot of Texas chili simmering on the stove and without any responsibilities or obligations for the day. What can I say, I like to ease myself into all the craziness a new year can bring. Being that it's the first day of 2015 it's time for my favorite tradition: choosing one word for my year. I can hardly believe that this will be the fourth year doing this and I've been wracking my brain since early December as I tried to decide what it would be. For those of you unfamiliar with my tradition here's how it works: in addition to picking some goals to accomplish for the new year I also pick one word to focus on for the next 12 months. It serves as a reminder for me of all the things I want to manifest in the year.

My word for 2014 was sparkle and oh, how I sparkled this year. My reason for picking sparkle last January 1st was because I felt worn out and dull. I was just scraping by in my first year at a new school and I knew I wasn't living up to my potential. So I chose "sparkle" to remind myself that I needed be the dazzling, vibrant, and amazing woman I knew was sparkling behind the stressed and chaotic lady I appeared to be. I never imagined that by choosing sparkle it would be the year that I got engaged but it worked out nicely, don't you think?

So without further ado, here is the word I'm choosing for 2015:

Present

I struggled a lot to come up with one word for the new year because I already know that it's going to be a big year. This year I will celebrate the marriage of close friends, get married myself (!!!), and possibly, maybe, hopefully make some pretty big, grown-up purchases. What word could possibly encompass all those big changes and celebrations?

I chose present because that is simply what I want to be this year. One of the only things I regret each year is that I am always thinking about what's ahead. I'm planning what the weekend will be like on Wednesday and when I'm out with friends I'm thinking about what's coming up. So instead this year I am challenging myself to be all in on every moment. I'm going to be present in each day, even if it's not the most exciting day. I want to be present for each day because I know in my heart that every day of this year is going to be special. It's the year I'm going to marry the love of my life, for goodness sake!

Here's to you, 2015, and here's to my one word, present. Let's make this year a good one.