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Friday, January 3, 2014

Slow...

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This year I will be doing exactly what I did last year. I will not be making any resolutions, but will be living a word this year. Last year's word was "grow". I loved having one word to focus on. My testimony grew so much last year. My love of my Savior was strengthened and my knowledge of His gospel grew as well. I pushed myself beyond my comfort zones. I opened up to others more, by sharing the gospel and doing more missionary work. It was an amazing experience. This year I have a new word I want to focus on. It is one Monica is focusing on as well and I have loved reading her thoughts on it. This years word is SLOW. I want to slow down. It is when we slow down that we can truly just be in the moment. When we slow down, we are ridding ourselves of the world stresses that get placed upon our shoulders. When we slow down we can truly see God's hand in each day and truly feel His blessings upon us.

I want to slow down and be with my children more and on the computer less. I love this blog and love all you, but one thing I have learned is that life is too short. So no linky parties this year or round ups. I love them, but they take time and when I don't get them done I feel bad and stressed.

So I'm slowing down. Staying home more, over committing myself to things less. I want to leave time to serve God and I know that by slowing down I will be able to do this. Slowing down is something I want to focus on a lot this year through this blog, I will share this slow journey as I am on it. I am also starting to study 52 Life Changing Questions to ask about the book of Mormon. It is an amazing book that asks gospel questions and allows you to ponder and pray each week about one specific question. I hope to share my thoughts with you as I go through each week. I purchased my copy on the kindle fire app via my phone...this way I have it with me where ever I go.

So big  plans for slowing down this year. I can't wait!

What words have you all chosen for this year?

XO Danielle

22 comments:

  1. Good morning Danielle,

    I think choosing one word to focus on is a great way to stay in the moment and being really into everything you do.
    I love your posts about saving money and a thrifty lifestyle. You even inspired me to buy Amercia's Cheapest Family to help myself save!

    Happy new year to you and your family.

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    1. Happy New Year to you too! Thanks for your kind words:)

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  2. Great word and great thoughts for the new year! My word this year is BUILD! I am going to look for the book you recommended since I got a DB gift card for Christmas! Thanks and have a wonderful weekend with your family. You are truly sharing the gospel with others through your blog!

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    1. Thank you so much Deb. For so long I was nervous to do it, but all the great feedback has been very encouraging:) So jealous of the gift card. DB is the best!

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  3. Happy New Year Danielle!

    I think your word and resolution is great. Often times I find myself rushing through a day but never having spent a moment where I enjoyed. It's important to slow down enough to enjoy life. For me, I try not to make resolutions either, instead I make goals... This year my goals are to teach my son how to read, add, and subtract. I also have the goal of finishing three more college night classes this year, and reroofing my roof for full in cash. Everything is underway - now to carry through. =)

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    1. Thats awesome paying cash to do your roof. What a blessing to not have to go into debt that will be. Good luck with all your other goals. You'll be fantastic!

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    2. Also doing school classes is awesome! You rock!

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  4. Love it! I'm a simple person and this is just perfect! :-)

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    1. Keeping it simple is the best. When I don't, I end up being a stressed hot mess.

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  5. I probably would do well following this advice, also.

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  6. Slow sounds so good. I have noticed that as I get older I like slow. I remember a time when I felt the need to always be going somewhere or doing something. I think for me it came down to being content. I love being home now more than anything.

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    1. Me too! I've become such a homebody but I just love being home with my family. Its my favorite place:)

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  7. My word for this year is renovate! I am kinda liking the whole one word focus approach..new years resolutions never worked that well for me anyways :) Have an awesome year! I love your blog and seeing all your posts about your cute kiddos. You have helped me to become a lot thriftier and inspired me to be more resourceful as well!
    Cate

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    1. Thanks so much Cate! I appreciate your sweet comment. I also love your word. Renovate can apply to so many things in life. I love it!

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  8. Integrity. As in, honest and virtuous; whole and undivided.

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    1. I think this is something we can all work on. Being more Christ like and virtuous is an awesome thing to aspire to this year.

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  9. I love this idea of having a 'word' to focus on! .. I decided this year is "enjoy"

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    1. What a fantastic word. It's a great reminder to find joy in each moment we have:)

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  10. Great word! My word is monotask. So along the same lines. No more trying to do a million things at once. One thing done with meaning at a time.

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  11. I love that you are focusing on one word. This year I will be focusing on getting our family out of debt. I have let it go on too long, and live for the day that I no longer feel like I am "drowning." Thanks for all of your awesome posts! :)

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    1. That is an amazing goal for the new year. You can do it!!

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