One Little Word 2013

Day 8: Tired eyes... My wee Max has had a busy morning at nursery! #fmsphotoaday #eye #ii #instagood #photoaday #popular

For the last 2 years, I’ve chosen not to do the “usual” resolutions.

Instead, I’ve chosen One Little Word.

One word that will shape and guide me through my year.

In 2011 my word was Create, and it was a wonderful word. And a wonderful year!

I even chose to get it tattooed onto my wrist last year, as it continues to mean so much to me.

Last year, I chose Focus.

But honestly, I lost focus more quickly than I seemed to be able to grasp hold of it.

Lets be fair, 2012 was NOT the year for me.

Max’s lack of sleep, my lack of confidence, total exhaustion, which lead to me being far too close to being admitted than I’d like to think.

I wonder if Focus was too strong a word for me to be able to, I don’t know… bond with?

That brings us to 2013.

This year WILL be better than last.

It has to be.

I won’t let it be otherwise.

I may not be able to choose the situations I find myself in, but I can choose how I react to them.

And this year? This year I choose to not dwell on the negative.

I choose to be mindful of the good things.

Of my beautiful boys, who are going to turn 8 and 6 this year.

Of the leaps and bounds both have taken over the last year.

Zack’s confidence is at an all time high, thanks in huge part to him joining our local Young Carers group.

In the last month alone, Max has finally moved on from only drinking out of a particular type of sippy cup (which had been discontinued, and was a constant worry for me as we were down to the last two) to drinking out of any cup with a straw!

He’s starting to bring me a nappy to ask to be changed (could this be the year of toilet training??).

And he’s becoming a lot more imaginative when playing with his toys.

Sure his sleep may still bet hit or miss (mostly miss if I’m honest), but I can either choose to get upset and fretful and worried about it, or I can choose to accept that this is just the way Max is, and to come up with other ways of at least ensuring he’s staying quietly in his room until a decent hour by giving him the iPad.

Can you tell what my one little word will be this year?

Choose definitely feels like the right word for me at this time.

And so it is.

Simple as that.



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  1. January 11, 2013 / 12:17 am

    those eyelashes!
    i’ve never thought of doing the Word Thing, but I see a few people are doing/have been doing it – seems like such a good idea!

    Here’s hoping you nail your word this year!


    • January 15, 2013 / 11:44 pm

      I know, right? Always wasted on boys, so they are! ;)I hadn’t even heard of the one little word thing until two years ago… it’s definitely more helpful the more you put into it – just as it is with everything I suppose! 🙂 xx

    • January 15, 2013 / 11:44 pm

      But you can’t! You’re an entity on the internet!! 😛 *ducks*Sounds like a good one for you sweety. 🙂 /hugs

  2. January 11, 2013 / 2:14 pm

    What a great idea, and a really good word for 2013 🙂

    • January 15, 2013 / 11:45 pm

      Thanks sweety. I’m finding myself seeing it everywhere too – in adverts, on facebook, when talking to my mum on the phone. I guess it’s a bit like when you’re broody or just pregnant – you see babies and pregnant people everywhere! lol! 😉 x

  3. January 14, 2013 / 1:23 am

    One of my favourite quotes – and this from someone who really doesn’t do inspirational quotes – is from Abe Lincoln and is “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be”.
    I think it’s so true – I think life is what it is and there are ups and downs and challenges and bad days but we can choose how we respond, and (to an extent) how we let negative and tough things affect us. I think choose is a great word, here’s hoping your 2013 is a little easier than 2012.

    • January 15, 2013 / 11:47 pm

      I really like that quote. It’s definitely true. Last year I spent a lot of time feeling sorry for myself, and wallowing in the bad bits. That’s not to say 2012 was particularly harder (in hindsight) in comparison to 2011, but I didn’t have the same drive to stay positive that I usually do.This year will be my year! 🙂

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