I love the concept of “ONE LITTLE WORD” or “OLW” that I think originated HERE as far as I can tell. Even more so, I love the concept of picking some sort of theme that can be a guide for the year–whether it be a word, a quote, or just a list of hopes for the year that lies before us.
I always try to listen extra hard during the Christmas season and especially during the week following Christmas as we’re winding down and anticipating good things for the coming year. I like to see what God might be whispering to my heart, telling me to change, or where to put my focus. And it always amazes me how He sends little subtle messages that help me know how to direct my best efforts.
My word for 2014 is: PURPOSE
Idioms: Intentionally; deliberately. with good results.
Our main goal of The Vintage Mother is to post things that are meaningful and purposeful. It’s every intention of ours to motivate and inspire you to become more focused in your personal efforts. Even if that means a few weeks here and there in between posts so that we can post something worthwhile, then we’re good with that.
My own personal goal for 2014 is to be purposeful in everything I do as a wife, mother, business owner, and friend. I find how easy it is to get bogged down with tasks and things that don’t mean anything. That leaves me feeling empty and entirely unsatisfied with the life I’m living. I don’t like that.
I want to be meaningful in my interactions with others. I want to make each interaction count. I want people to know they have meaning in my life, and I want to be purposeful by showing love and serving them.
I want to be deliberate in my mothering. Making sure I am communicating knowledge to my children and helping direct their inner compasses. I want to be purposeful in teaching them and strengthening their souls.
I want to be organized. I want my personal and family systems to be deliberate and focused. I don’t want to spend unnecessary time looking for things.
And I want to be able to look at everything in my home and know it’s purpose. And if it doesn’t have a purpose, I want to free myself of it. And be perfectly fine with not having anything ”meaningless” to replace it with.
These are just a few ways I want to live my 2014.
A few days ago, I was in a dear friend’s home and read this quote in her kitchen (the heart of her home) I was grateful for the subtle message from God as I read this quote. It made such terribly simple sense to me. And I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since.
As so many of us look for meaning in the 365 days that make up each year, I think we’d do ourselves a favor if we considered the purpose to everything we do. What a gift that would be for ourselves and our families.
Many best wishes in 2014 from us here at The Vintage Mother. May the coming year be filled with meaningful, purposeful interactions and experiences.