Instead of our regular service challenge this week, I encourage you to take a look into your heart with me today. Let’s decide what’s most important to us. And then together, let’s change the world in 2015.

So … New Year’s Resolutions.

They don’t work so well for me.

I really love the whole concept. A fresh new year, a new beginning, new goals … I love the idea.

But I never, ever stick to them.

If you are a big fan of resolutions, good for you! Keep on sticking to your goals – I’m proud of you!

But if you’re like me …

2015

A few years ago I began hearing about the concept of having a New Year’s Word. Not goals, not resolutions … just a single word. One that best summarizes what you’d like to focus on throughout the year. One of my favorite examples was this article, written two years ago by a blogger who I greatly admire.

So last year, I decided to try it. To paint the scene a bit, at the end of 2013, I wasn’t doing very well. My health had been on a steady decline for several years. I was in constant, often debilitating, pain. My husband and I spent two days in San Francisco at the end of December, and although we spent almost the entire trip relaxing, we did walk up one steep hill to get to a museum. That one hill had me limping for several days afterwards.

There was only one option to help the pain. A surgery. One that shattered my heart. One that meant what I’d been fighting for two years.

It meant no more babies.

But finally my husband and I came to a decision that took every bit of strength and courage that I had in me. As December 2013 closed, I called my doctor and told them that I needed to schedule the surgery.

Then I collapsed in bed and wept. And wept. And wept.

A few days later, I was pondering the idea of the “New Year’s Word” concept. I thought of the year behind me and I wondered about the year ahead of me. And very clearly, one word came to my mind.

Hope.

It’s what I knew I would need. And oh, how I desperately needed it!

I have leaned on not just my faith, but my hope, this year. It has been a difficult year, as I knew it would be. But I thought about the idea of hope. I read scriptures and talks and articles about it. I prayed for it. I depended on it to get me through from one day to the next. I had hope that life would get better. I had hope that I would get stronger. I had hope that somehow, my broken body would allow me to take care of my family, to enjoy life, and to make a difference in the world, even if it is ever so small.

And as I ponder back on this year, I am so, so grateful for my faith … and for my hope. Because life is still hard. My body is still in pain. But it’s better. Day by day, I struggle. But I look at where I was a year ago and where I am now … and I see progress.

I see hope.

So with 2015 beginning tomorrow, I have given much thought to my new word. I look at my struggles and my triumphs and my regrets from last year, and I think about what I want to be different about this year.

I want to look past the trials and pain of life, and I want to enjoy it. I want to cherish these fleeting years of being a young mother, and I want to delight in my littleness of my children. I don’t just want to survive 2015.

I want to savor it.

And there it is – a word I don’t often use, but one that summarizes how I want to spend 2015.

Savor.

I want to look at my life and feel like I’m the luckiest woman in the world. I want to count my blessings and rejoice that my broken body has given me the gift of two wonderful, perfect, healthy children. I want to cherish the bedtime stories, the “one-more-song-PLEASE”es, the way their little bodies fit into my lap and their sweet voices go straight to my heart.

I want to savor this year.

What about you? What is your word of 2015?

24 Comments on New Year, New Word

  1. I LOVE this idea, Kimber! I got the chills reading it. What a WONDERFUL word to aim towards this upcoming year. I love you so much and am grateful for your amazing example in my life! I want to do this too! Thank you for your inspiration.

    • I am so grateful for YOU and the example you set for me! Let’s savor 2015 together. 🙂

  2. Kimber–you are such an inspiration! You post brought tears to my eyes. I hope 2015 turns out to be an incredible year for you and your beautiful family!!

    • Thank you, Jen! I really appreciate that! I hope it’s a fantastic year for you, as well!

  3. I did not set any resolutions for the new year, as well. If I have to choose a word for 2015, I think I will choose “positivity”. We can always use more positivity in our lives! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Such a great idea. I’m not a resolution maker either, I can’t stick with anything more than a month usually. I think for 2015 my word would be release. I need to let go of the people and things holding me back so I can embrace the new!

    • Sounds like a perfect word for you, Angela! You should write it down and stick it somewhere that you’ll see every day. 🙂

  5. This is such a great idea and I think you’ve selected the perfect word for you! I’m more of a goal setter and driven by those goals but I think I’m going to come up with a word that will support my goals. Here’s to an amazing 2015!

    • Thanks, April! I think coming up with a word to support your goals is a fantastic idea. You can write that one word, put it somewhere that you’ll see it often, and it can help you stay motivated. 🙂 Thanks for coming by!

  6. i absolutely love this idea! I’m one of those crazy goal planners with about 20 resolutions going on simultaneously, and to me your method seems so much more peaceful and productive. I’m going to put some serious thought into adapting your method for 2016, and I believe “savor” would surely be the word of start with 🙂 Praying you’re able to truly enjoy each and every worthy moment this year!

    • Thank you for your encouragement, Ashley! Good luck with your 20 resolutions, and good luck savoring this year with me. 🙂

  7. Don’t have any New Year resolutions, but if I set a goal for myself I go out and do it whether it’s the end of March or middle of September 🙂

    If I were to choose a word, I’d say “positive”, as someone else mentioned. We need more positivity in the world and it starts with just one person. Love your SAVOR word as well, Kimber!

  8. I hope that 2015 is a better year for you. It’s no fun living in pain, that’s for sure. I love your word too. It is about savouring the small moments as well as the milestones – something I forget! My word for the year is fearless.

    • Awesome word, Donna! I have a friend who chose fearless, as well. Good luck with your bold new year!

  9. I’ve scheduled my no-more-biological (unless I freeze eggs) – babies surgery too. I’m totally open to other options to add to our little family. You’re right there is sooooo much hope to be had.

    My word – (phrase) manage schedule better. That’s my focus for 2015 (along with a million other things on my goals list!)

    • I can always work on managing my schedule better – that’s an awesome goal. Good luck with your surgery!! Please feel free to reach out to me if I can answer any questions at all!