One Word Weekend: No Resolutions

by LCCotter on December 23, 2012

I know what you’re thinking. It must be one of those “one word” posts that goes along with pictures and scenes from the week, right? Well yes and no. There will be pictures and a few weekend snippets, but the “one word” is more of a theme.

You see, as the we approach Christmas (in 2 days) and New Years (in 9 days!!), it’s natural for us to talk resolutions, new challenges, good intentions, etc. But I have a confession, I am not a resolution maker. In fact I am not really goal setter either. I just want to focus on progress, in ALL areas of life.

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Yesterday I read THIS DEVOTIONAL and boy did it hit me hard. Especially this quote.

“Lose the long list of resolutions — all your sweeping promises to change — and do something about one thing this year instead of nothing about everything.”

Um.. that sounds like a good plan.. no wait.. A GREAT PLAN, a GOD PLAN!

While I desire to progress in every are of my life, sometimes it’s just too much. Being the best I can be is often unrealistic. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great thought and intention, but yes, the reality is we might not progress as much as we want or as fast as we want.

So… this one word. I’m picking one for the year. Like this PLAN says!

The challenge is simple: lose the long list of changes you want to make this year and instead pick ONE WORD.

This process provides clarity by taking all your big plans for life change and narrowing them down into a single focus

MY WORD IS NURTURE.

I want to nurture well my trust in God and HIS plans for us.

I want to nurture well my relationship with my husband. Being his SHERPA wife, believing in HIS dreams for us, and nurturing the RESPECT I have for him.

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I want to nurture well my day and my time, filling those minutes with simple things that bring not only myself JOY but that bring others JOY. And maybe even doing less, yes I said it.

I want to nurture well myself. Yes, moving forward with health and healing. Because the truth is, that is one area we cannot control unless we give up control.

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As a woman, I feel quite as ease nurturing. It’s part of my womanly role, the nurturer. I think it’s about time I start embracing that role just a little more.

Think about your ONE WORD. Do you have one? I bet you do. What is it?

Merry Christmas! I’ll be back later in the week.

Cheers,

LC

{ 56 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristen@Change of Pace December 23, 2012 at 10:25 am

My word would be enjoy. This year I want to slow down and enjoy every little moment. Enjoy my children, my husband, my family, my health. Most of the time I get so caught up in moments that I don’t even take the time to enjoy it. Thank you for this post. It’s exactly what I needed this morning.

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LCCotter December 23, 2012 at 3:00 pm

ain’t that the truth! i am with you ENJOY.. slow and savor

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jobo December 23, 2012 at 10:38 am

I love this – one word. Nurture. Such a good one, especially for you! I also love the idea of focusing on one thing, not many. I have to think about my one word more but I really think it needs to continue to do with simplicity and balance. Really focusing on that and UNDER planning and not OVER planning has really made the last few months so much better! I want to keep at it!

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LCCotter December 23, 2012 at 2:08 pm

i’m thinking yours will be “BE”

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Chuck December 23, 2012 at 11:18 am

I love the thought of nurturing yourself, as its so important to take that time of remain “whole”. That devotional strikes a chord with me too–I always approach a new year with the thoughts of “how can I better myself and how can I help others”, instead of what do I need to give up and how do I need to change.

Great post Lindsay

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LCCotter December 23, 2012 at 2:07 pm

you are so wise chuck. Remain WHOLE!

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Bre December 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm

okay…I LOVE this! I don’t have a word chosen yet, but I need one. I’ll have to think about this one and get back to you on this!
Love the nurture for your word, I think it’s perfect! Happy Holidays my friend!

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LCCotter December 23, 2012 at 9:37 pm

do it! i think your word needs to be embrace…. embrace change, life, joy, etc.

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Bre December 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I was thinking of embrace actually, but on my run this morning I realized that the word needs to be the same meaning as embrace but with something more to it. I just haven’t figured out a word that has that meaning yet…haha Maybe my word will have to be in a different language! ;)

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purelymichelle December 23, 2012 at 1:52 pm

sounds like a great plan indeed! I am working on less stress and just focusing on a few things instead of getting over whelmed with everything!

cheers friend! xoxo

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LCCotter December 23, 2012 at 9:36 pm

you are doing just that, i can tell! Learning to ENJOY more and WORRY less! Love it. Love YOU!

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Christine @ Love, Life, Surf December 23, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Totally love this too Lindsay. I generally don’t like resolutions because it always feels like that I’m trying to focus on a million things and on nothing at the same time – not being able to do one thing well. I love the idea of choosing one word. Have to think about what mine will be but thanks for this.

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LCCotter December 23, 2012 at 9:35 pm

same same. And like you, i put to much pressure on myself. One word is better to focus on, better for myself and for others, haha. Let me know what word you decide!

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Lou December 23, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Nice one, Linds! I think my word would be FOCUS…. I’m all over the place, ALL the time, I think I just need to slow down and focus on the really important stuff, and leave all the other crap behind me :)

Christmas hugs!

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LCCotter December 23, 2012 at 9:18 pm

i wish i could come slow down with you and drink homemade kombucha on the beach, yes?

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The Candid RD December 23, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Such a great, “nurturing” post. I love it! And, I hate resolutions. I’m sick of them, never again will I make one (or dedicate posts to them, like I have in the past). I mean, I will think of some things I want to change, but I like your philosophy of thinking of one thing/word and focusing on THAT…for me it’s “relax”. I’m still working on living in the moment and enjoying life, and relaxing. I’ve come a long way!

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LCCotter December 23, 2012 at 9:24 pm

i love it! we don’t allow ourselves to really relax, do we? I say go for it! FULL ON !

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Madison @ Pilates Makes You Happy December 23, 2012 at 7:10 pm

I love this. I have never been one for resolutions… but I like this idea. I may make my “word” three words – give HIM control.

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LCCotter December 23, 2012 at 9:27 pm

can i add a fourth? … AMEN!

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kalli December 23, 2012 at 7:21 pm

this post filled me up with such hope and calmness. you are right we are born to nurture as woman. for me i feel like i nurture others better than myself. i must work on that more. i think my word may be (but i need to think on it more) serenity. to feel serene and secure that my choices are leading me in the right direction. to feel serene in the midst of stress and chaos of a busy work day and to feel serene when things are out of control and anxiety is knocking on the door………you are so wise my friend and we are so lucky to have met you and james :)

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LCCotter December 23, 2012 at 9:33 pm

oh i feel the same. We feel so lucky to have met YOU and BILL! I know that serenity and nurture are well within you. Just takes some time to bring to surface and embrace, yes? Merry Christmas friend.

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She Rocks Fitness December 23, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Another thing we have in common, beside “nurturing” is not making resolutions, goals, or challenges. I think I need to nurture myself more this upcoming year. I need to take care of me mentally, physically, and make sure I get out there and have more FUN. Live Life! XOXO

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LCCotter December 23, 2012 at 9:34 pm

i agree. You are a hard worker, but sometimes you need to recharge in order to encourage others, yes?

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Jess December 23, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Your posts are always so inspiring!! Nurture is a beautiful word! :)
I think my word needs to be ‘Protect’ sometimes/ often I can be a bit of a push over to the detriment of myself and my family. I need to be better at protecting my choices and saying no. If that makes sense…

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LCCotter December 24, 2012 at 8:47 am

i love that word. it’s so significant jess! and it be rewarded!

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Rach December 23, 2012 at 10:24 pm

What a perfect word! Love your vision, friend. :)

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Klh December 23, 2012 at 10:58 pm

I’m a no resolutioner too.
Your one word is great! I need to think of mine…ill get back to you :)

<3

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LCCotter December 24, 2012 at 8:48 am

ohh let me know when you find one!

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klh December 27, 2012 at 11:50 am

My word or words…enjoy life and practice patience :)

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greengirlrunning December 24, 2012 at 1:35 am

What a fantastic plan! Love it… my word is BALANCE. I’m always on a searching for just the right balance of so many things. I love your word, too. Nurture is part of my balancing act… balancing nurturing my family and friends with myself. Thank you for all of your inspiring and encouraging words :)

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LCCotter December 24, 2012 at 8:49 am

oh i agree! balance is key. You will do it well in 2013!!

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Miz December 24, 2012 at 6:26 am

a little off topic but kindergartners get a word at the end of the year from their teachers.
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I CRIED when my girl got nurturing.
she is.
you are.

xoxo

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LCCotter December 24, 2012 at 8:44 am

like mother like daughter.
;-)

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Linz @ Itz Linz December 24, 2012 at 7:50 am

ENJOY! I’ve been doing a lot of that these past few days and will continue to do so for the rest of the week! Hehe Merry Christmas Eve! :)

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LCCotter December 24, 2012 at 8:49 am

i like that one linz! Enjoy, it’s what we ALL NEED more of!

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Katie December 24, 2012 at 7:53 am

Great post…my word would be appreciate. This year is going to be all about experiencing new things and appreciating everyone of them.

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LCCotter December 24, 2012 at 8:50 am

gosh i like that one too. I appreciate this and i appreciate YOU!

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Heather (Where's the Beach) December 24, 2012 at 9:34 am

Perfect word choice for you my friend. I’m loving reading everyone’s word. Now I’m stumped LOL. The first one that came to mind was “Live.” Merry Christmas sweetie.

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Abby Bounds December 24, 2012 at 9:45 am

LOve this, love you !
This was exactly that, nurturing for me Linds! Thank you. I’m scouring proverbs 31 for my word…because I know I need to adopt her ways. So I’m still thinking of my word, perhaps “serve”….
:)

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Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile December 24, 2012 at 9:47 am

Great word and great post, as usual. :) Hmmm my one word.. I think I’m going to have to go with patience. That is something I can ALWAYS work on, no matter what it applies to.

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Abby @ BackAtSquareZero December 24, 2012 at 10:38 am

Nurture is such a fabulous word. I think mine would have to be THINK. I need to take time to think about what is truly important, to slow down and think about spending my time wisely, and to think before I jump into a million things at once

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Laura @ Mommy Run Fast December 24, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Nurture… I love that. My goal is to expand. Try new things, experiment with career changes, grow my nutrition experimenting, enlarge my circle of friends that I see on a regular basis, nurture my faith.
Have a wonderful Christmas, Lindsay!

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Holly December 24, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Merry Christmas Lindz! XO

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables December 24, 2012 at 3:43 pm

I love this!!! My word would be rest… Rest in HIM, rest my body more, rest and cherish time with my husband and family… You are such a wise woman.. I’m proud to call you my friend. Merry Christmas love!

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Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli December 27, 2012 at 6:03 am

“Being the best I can be is often unrealistic.” <- SO TRUE! All too often, I get carried so carried away with the resolutions/goals that I overload myself and then end up feeling overwhelmed. Then I just give up everything! I like this idea of simplifying things…I think my word should be SAVOR. I feel like this year went by so quickly and I just got carried away in the flow of things. I want to try to be more present…savor moments with family and friends, savor the time spent alone, and of course savor all of life's deliciousness! ;) But really, I think I just need to refocus and remember the things are TRULY important in life.

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LCCotter December 27, 2012 at 7:06 am

i like that Heather! i am reminded too, to savor. Life just gets faster and we often blink and a year has gone by! Let’s keep our eyes open and ready to see all the good. Love ya!

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Sarah Kay Hoffman December 29, 2012 at 11:19 am

My One Word: Unprocessed. http://bit.ly/agugmowj

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LCCotter December 29, 2012 at 1:53 pm

i ADORE THIS!

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Heather @ Better With Veggies December 30, 2012 at 11:40 am

I think that word for me is balance! Trying to find the right balance where I am enjoying life, giving my all, but not overdoing it.

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LCCotter December 30, 2012 at 10:17 pm

i know you can do it!

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Lisa @ RunWiki December 30, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Mine is two words… stop thinking

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LCCotter December 30, 2012 at 10:18 pm

i have one response… BRILLIANT! xxoo

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Christine January 1, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Mine is also two words… “look ahead”. I have a tendency to live minute to minute and as a result I forget birthdays, holidays, to make a dinner plan, etc. I thought about saying “plan” as my one word but that’s not right. I just want to remember to look at what’s coming and be ready.

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LCCotter January 2, 2013 at 7:28 am

look ahead is so much better than plan. Look ahead is more freeing and light! i love it!

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Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen January 5, 2013 at 12:45 pm

I am totally in love with this idea, having given up on the notion of ‘typical’ resolutions a long time ago.

Now, off on a run to mull over what my one word will be… [It’s never too late to pick one, right?]

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LCCotter January 5, 2013 at 2:04 pm

well keep me posted! I’m sure yours is gonna be AWESOME!

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