One Word: Focus

It's the time of year where resolutions are running amok and everyone is set on setting the best intent of goals for the oncoming year. It only seems right. A new year sitting blank full of opportunities and aspirations that we all hope to attain.

And I want that too.
With everything that I've been facing these last couple of months, I've held on tightly to the thought of a fresh new year full of fresh starts and new beginnings for Amaya and I.

I am sure many of us bloggers and instagrammers have heard of the One Word Challenge that dictates that you choose one word that you'd like to encompass for the year and in a way, sort of live by going forward. Last year I chose the word Intentional. I wanted to be intentional in my marriage, in my relationships and friendships, in my motherhood journey and in all the things I surrounded myself with. It was a good word for me and I believe in all areas, I achieved living a more intentional life even if some of the areas didn't work out as I wanted.

With that said, I wanted to have a more structured word going into this New Year. A year that I want to live fearlessly and make moves that bring positivity and good energy into my life.

So with that I chose the word:


Focus - /noun/ - an act of concentrating interest or activity on something

or one that I like better and fits into my photography interest...

Focus - /verb/ - the state or quality of having or producing clear visual definition.

With so many areas of my life being up in the air right now it has been a struggle for me to keep my head above water physically, mentally, and emotionally lately and I don't like that feeling. As a person who deals with anxiety on a daily basis, I fear and loathe the grey area of matters and I don't like the feeling of helplessness.

I have a tattoo on my ribs that says 'Fear Not Thee Unknown' and I want to get back to that mindset. I want to look forward to the future and the unknown with excitement and with anticipation . I want to see the future and be in a good place to where I welcome new opportunities but first I need to focus.

Focus on me.
Focus on Amaya.
Focus on the good.

So with that said, I wanted to compile a list of sorts to keep me on track and keep me pushing in the right direction. 

This year I will FOCUS on:

- finding what truly makes me happy
- allow myself to be vulnerable/emotional
- allow myself to process my feelings
- bringing positivity into my life

- helping her with the transition of our family dynamic changing
- establish steady routines to keep things as normal as possible
- unplug more from our electronics
- plan and execute more totschool activities
- work more on potty training
- involve her in more household chores
- plan more Mommy + Amaya dates
- enjoy more couch cuddles and savor the nights she wants to be rocked yet

- keep lines of communication open
- maintain a positive and healthy relationship
- maintain visitation and scheduled dates together
- allow opportunities for change and growth

- introduce and expose Amaya to the teachings and to the idea of God
- attend church at least once a month 
- read and participate in a bible journal
- allow myself to ask questions and seek counsel

- go the gym at least twice a week
- introduce more in home workouts to Amaya and I
- learn how to cook healthier meals
- eat smaller portions during meal times
- try a juice cleanse
- reading labels and learning more about the foods were eating

- finish current renovations
- work on time line for future renovations
- find my home style
- display more of my photography
- create a sanctuary for myself

- establish a more solid monthly budget
- pay off debt bills
- create emergency and expenditure fund accounts
- work on raising my credit score
- create a savings account for Amaya

- create a life that I'm happy with
- never settling 
- looking for the good in all things

This is just the thin layer of the life I want to create for myself over the next year. A quick view to the deeper side of life that I plan on focusing on.

Do you have any resolutions or word of the year you'd like to share. I'm always up for hearing how others also want to make changes. 

Either way...
To everyone, I hope you have a blessed and wonderful New Year.


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