Has setting one little word for 2014 worked for me?

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Setting New Year’s Resolutions is something that most of us start doing at this time of the year, and I am definitely no different.

This year I set 11 New Year’s Resolutions, but after doing so I wasn’t inspired to do them. I knew that these 11 resolutions would be forgotten about by February.

So I thought; what if I just set a theme for my year instead?

After a little research I found out that this was something that people were already doing. They were theming their year and setting yearly goals by using one little word, and it was working for them.

I found a fantastic resource by Martine Holston called Define your year, year theme workbook, and used it to define my own one little word.

You can read about the process I went through here.

So, what was my one little word for 2014? It was Create. And this is what it meant for me:

  1. Create moods that affect those around me positively – become the person I want to be around
  2. Create a healthy lifestyle for a healthy mind, body, and spirit
  3. Create a life outside of work. Start hobbies that express my creative side, that fulfil me, and take the focus off finding the perfect job

I also had to set one big audacious goal for 2014, and it was to start a blog.

So, how did my year turn out? Was setting one little word good for me? Let’s see:

Create moods that affect those around me positively – become the person I want to be around

Yep, I can get moody, mostly when it’s incredibly hot, but sometimes for no reason at all. This year I really, really wanted to control this. I didn’t want Nick to be on the receiving end of a bad mood that he didn’t cause. I definitely feel like this has improved for me this year. I had a plan of attack, whenever I felt a bad mood coming along I would watch TV, read, bake, or even just go to bed. I would do anything to remove myself from taking my mood out on others. I really feel an improvement here, and I’m very happy about this

Create a healthy lifestyle for a healthy mind, body, and spirit

Forever, and I mean it, I’ve obsessed about what I eat, why did I eat that, I need to stop eating, etc. I don’t feel like this goal was achieved, as I still obsess about my food intake. I think the only way I can stop focusing on this is by not making body image or food related goals ever again. This will take some getting used to, but from now on whenever I annoy myself about how much I’ve eaten, or why I’ve eaten something, I will just stop the thought all together.

Create a life outside of work. Start hobbies that express my creative side, that fulfil me, and take the focus off finding the perfect job.

This was a massive goal for me this year, and one I really, really wanted to achieve. I felt like if I could achieve this goal then I could also improve my moods. After lots of lists and researching hobbies, I decided I was interested in baking, cooking, being a tourist in my own city, and blogging. I am pleased to say that I feel like I have taken huge steps in achieving this goal. By having this goal I finally took the plunge to start this blog, which also has a cooking and baking section to it. This blog has given me the something to focus on when I haven’t had a job, something to keep me interested and inspired, and something that I am growing to cherish.

Setting one little word to theme my year has been one of the best things that I have ever done.

It has guided me every day, allowed me to be more focussed, and made me set inspiring goals instead of restrictive resolutions.

Most importantly, it has given me the massive push I needed to start this blog, to which I will be forever grateful.

If you’d like to read about what my one little word for 2015 is then click here.

If you’d like to read some resources on how to set your own one little word, or resolutions if you’d prefer, please visit my one little word – olw  or goal setting Pinterest boards.

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