Exploring my One Little Word – Mindful(ness)

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As I’ve been exploring my word for the year in the Ali Edwards workshop, I’ve struggled to put into words what mindfulness means to me.

Last weekend we were able to go to the beach for the first time with our son and watching him and my husband I thought to myself, “This is what I want. to just focus on these moments and to feel at peace.” It was such a wonderful, relaxing day and it was so much fun, too! I’m hoping to carry that feeling through the year. Ali encourages us to make our words visible so I’ve printed out this photo and placed it above my desk where I work each day.

7ThingsMindfulMy aunt has graciously subscribed me to Mindful Magazine for the year and I can’t wait to explore it as I continue my OLW journey. Their tagline is “taking time for what matters.” How perfect is that? I found the graphic at the left on their Facebook page and I think that it is so helpful in understanding mindfulness. Number 1 is easy when you have a little one. Watching him learn and discover everyday reminds you of the wonder around you like nothing else can. Number 2 and number 5 are big areas of struggle that I will be working on this year!

One Little Word – 2015

OLWThe last two years I’ve selected a word to help guide me. In 2013 it was balance. I was seeking balance that year as we faced fertility treatments and the start of a new business. In 2014, I was pregnant and I just new our lives were about to change forever. I selected the word flexible to help me remember to bend. To let my priorities change… to learn and grow as we brought a new little life into the world. Honestly, I could still stand to be more flexible but my little word helped me through the year. As my birth plan went out the window and in the aftermath I questioned myself – I remembered that it is necessary to be flexible.  As I struggled with nursing my son, I tried to remember to be flexible. As we race through our day with laundry piled up and my “schedule” thrown out the window, I try to remember to be flexible.For 2015 I want to focus on mindfulness. To be here in the present moment with my son and my husband. To spend a little less time on Facebook and a little more time enjoying our days together. In the spirit of this adventure and to truly focus on my One Little Word, I’ll be taking the class with Ali Edwards. As I journey through this year I hope to document my progress here… along with our Pinterest projects, recipe successes (and failures) plus much more.