As I look at my blog posts, I see that I never published my #oneword 2013. Shame on me! Well, this year, it will be posted.
Last year, I struggled with what my word would be. I was struggling to find the right word to inspire me for my (fruitless) jobsearch. This year, the word is easy. My #oneword is JOYOUS.
For most of my life, I have been what some would call an optimist. I usually see the glass as half full and that there is usually something positive to be found even in bad situations. The last few years have been very stressful for me. I have a negative nelly in my life. I was able for the better part of a quarter of a century to ignore the negative energy. But with the loss of my job, the lack of employment opportunity for me and the death of my mother, I allowed the negativity to take residence in me.
I honestly do not understand how people stay in this mindset. I was absolutely miserable. Then I remembered ( with a lot of help from inspirational memes and such) that being happy is a choice, and I was choosing to be miserable.
I have my health, I have two healthy, smart and good-natured children. There is a roof over my head and food in my tummy. I have great friends and a wonderful family. I am intelligent and I have a lot to offer. I am free and I choose JOY!
I vow to greet every day with a smile. I will enjoy my children's laughter and join with them. I will embrace the possibilities of each new day. I will be silly and self-deprecating and lose the inhibitions that stop me from dancing in the rain. ( I still won't sing at the tops of my lungs because I respect your ears but I will sing) and I will wish upon a star. I will swim because I love it and not be ashamed in a bathing suit.
2014 is going to be a most JOYOUS year! Come find your Joy with me!