The first month of 2013 is almost over, and up until yesterday I was still trying to find my one word for the year.

This is the second year I’ve abandoned the resolution list, but for some reason it was hard to find my focus. I prayed for guidance daily. And I stared at lists of verbs, hoping one would speak to me. I ended up making a choice, but it just didn’t feel right. And once again, I was left with nothing.

And now I know why.

I was thinking the word would be something I wanted to do in the future instead of something I simply needed to do right now.

When I focused on that, I found that I needed to balance the different areas of my life.

balance – verb ˈba-lən(t)s
transitive verb

a : to bring to a state or position of equipoise
b : to poise in or as if in balance
c : to bring into harmony or proportion

Last year, my word for the year was do. I wanted to do everything I could imagine. And for a while I did. And that led to a big burnout.

So I want this year to be about getting all areas of my life back in order, and trying to avoid another burnout.

Image courtesy of Melanie at Only a Breath

To me, balance means:

  • making sure I have “me” time to renew my mind and spirit, but not forgetting to connect with others
  • spending time with friends and family, but also getting involved in church and giving back to my community
  • working out and being active, but knowing when to rest
  • working hard, but also having fun
  • using a budget, but giving yourself some spending freedom

I know I won’t turn into this perfectly balanced being overnight, but having this focus gives me a good place to start.

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  1. Hi Claresa, I’m Grace! I’m stopping in from #fmf, my first ever 5 min. Friday! I too, wrote something about being afraid my hubby will die. It’s a horrible trap to find yourself stuck in. One time I felt like the Lord said I was not allowed to think about it (like at all) until it happened. Only then would it honor the Lord for me to give brain space to it. That was helpful bit of freedom for me to just say, “nope not yet, can’t think about it,” and then file it away for later. Hopefully that later is MUCH later, but until then, nada. Anyway, I tried to comment on your #fmf post but couldn’t figure it out so I hopped over here to this post! =) (which, consequently, I also participated in the one word 365. Mine is “establish.”) Anyway, it’s so nice to “meet” you…this is my 1st time here & I like what I see, I will definitely be back! I’m lovin’ the vibe here. Blessings….

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by! I hate that new posts here aren’t automatically set up for commenting. I have to check one little box, which is not in the place where I write so I tend to forget about it. But thank you for leaving your comment anyway. I don’t like that I go back to that dark place sometimes and think that something bad may have happened, but I think those moments are starting to be fewer and farther between. I’m going to pray that I can get to your place of freedom and relax when my calls aren’t answered immediately.

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