My Word for 2014

 This year I choose this as my word:


That’s it.  I’m not putting any grand expectations on myself for 2014.  No resolutions I can’t live up to.  Just one word to help me focus for the next year.  It’s a simple word that I will repeat over and over like my mantra.  Simplify.  Simplify.  Simplify.

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Simplify family life.  More quality time together.  Being less busy.  More paying attention to my family, my littles.  Because I’ve blinked and they’ve grown up on me.  This is time with them I can’t get back.  So we’re going to love each other, more simply with less distraction.

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Simplify in work.  More home, less work.  Going forward, I am saying no more often.  It’s ok to say no.  Do more of what I love.

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Simplify at home.  Get organized.  As a family…I’m enlisting the help of my littles this year.  Home is a group effort.

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Simplify our free time.  Get back to basics.  Get outdoors.  Read more books.  See more movies.

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Just simplify.  I want to remember what it feels like to sit down and not be thinking of a million things I ‘should’ be doing.  No more iPhone in my hand until 10 at night.  I’m going to read a book again instead.  No more self inflicted busyness…I’m going to be very choosy about what takes me away from my family and from simplification.

Simplify.  And I’m looking forward to it…starting now.

Because this, this is what’s important.


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Do you have a word for 2014?  Share your word in the comments…I would love to know what you are focusing on for the new year!


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    1. Hi Amanda! I just read your resolutions and I think they’re great…they’re all achievable…just getting back to basics and what you love! Happy 2014 to you!

  1. One of my goals is also to simplify this year. I started doing it later in the year last year and it makes life so much easier 🙂 My word for 2014 is relax. We had such a hectic 2013 at times and I want to “relax” more in 2014 🙂

  2. Funny how we all seem to be in the same spot. I am focusing on being more family focused. More family trips and adventures, family meals, family game night… everything else will have to wait or will fall into place.
    Happy New Year!

  3. I am SO on board with your word, ‘simplify’! I get it!! My word is ‘doing’. I want to spend more time ‘doing’ the things I ‘think’ and ‘talk’ about doing, and my end goal is to have a better daily rhythm established as a result. Putting the iPhone down and picking up a book is one of the things at the top of my ‘to do’ list!!! Happy New Year, and happy simplifying!!

  4. Happy New Year Jo-Anna ! Love your word this year; it’s a goodie ! 🙂
    My word is “Be”; just be in the moment. Try not to let my mind race with the on-going lists of things to do.
    Here’s to a great year,

    1. Happy New Year to you Elizabeth! Love your word too…it’s so important to just BE, isn’t it? It’s hard to remember to do that sometimes…I need to work on that as well!

  5. Hi
    My word for 2014 is CHANGE – change my spending habits, change my eating and exercising habits, change our food waste habits and just working on making positive, healthy changes!


  6. Yes, this is a great word for 2014 and always! Take it from me, they do grow up way to fast. ENJOY the simple things because they are actually what’s important. Can’t wait to follow your journey this year!

    1. Thanks Shauna! I still can’t believe you have a son in college…you look like you could be in college yourself! 🙂 Happy New Year to you! Can’t wait to see what you will be up to this year!

  7. GREAT word–I’ll use this too as my new mantra, along with Kellie Robertson’s word of the year- “trust”. Enjoy all your tutorials, recipes, photos, and tips, as always. Can’t wait to see what’s up your sleeve for 2014. Cheers!

  8. so so so good! love the word you picked out. 🙂 i think that is something i feel everytime the new year rolls around. so much stuff – mentally, emotionally, and physically. time to get rid of the clutter and start anew!

    bring it, 2014! 🙂

    1. That is so true…the new year feels like a fresh start, and a way to let go of so much stuff. Simplify simplify simplify! Bring on 2014 is right!!

  9. My word is UP! For so many reasons. But you already know that (now) baa haa! I LOVE that family photo…I need a copy of that goody. Indeed it for Project Life because you are such a big part of it. Xoxo

  10. stopping by from making it count link up….this is so good. I choosed the same word and I loved also reading what you think about that topic. it was a great affirmation, much blessings for 2014, greetings from far Germany, noni