My goal for this past year was to pause. To spend more time enjoying life. Just being instead of doing all the time. I wanted to spend more time out in the yard during the warm weather. Paint. Draw. Nap. Slow down and just be. I feel like I started out the year with good intentions, and then my plan quickly fell to the way side. This was a CRAZY year, and I knew that going in, which was part of the reason for my word. I intended to follow Ali's advice and focus on the word, do something at least once a month related to my word.. and I did not.
A few weeks ago I started thinking about my word for 2009. I thought about revisiting last years word, but instead came up with a new word that would kind of encompass last years goals, and bring about some new goals. I decided to use the word Nurture. I almost fell over when I read on Ali's blog today that nurture is the same word she chose. In reading through the comments to see what kind of words others chose, it came up time and time ago. I think in the day and age we are in, it's becoming more important to take care of yourself first, and people are starting to focus in on that. I was watching Eli Stone last night and Adele was lecturing Taylor about taking care of herself first. She was giving her the speech about how if you are on an airplane they have you put your air mask on first, so that you can then take care of your children. I was thinking while the scence unfolded that I made a good choice with my word. I need to take care of myself.. so that I can take care of my family.
*to care for and encourage the develpment of
*cherish- a hope, belief, or ambition
*the process of caring for and encouraging the growth or development of someone or something
"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterwards." Spanish Proverb