One Little Word: Present


A couple weeks ago, I shared a big list of my goals for this year, which felt right but also a little overwhelming. A few of you suggested to me (both online and off) that I should try the "one little word" thing, where you pick one word to focus on as a guiding principle throughout the year. I've been hearing about this trend a lot, and it seems to really help some people, so I decided to jump on the bandwagon. Once I started thinking about it, my word came to me pretty quickly: "present." If I really boil down my goals for 2015, a lot of them have to do with this. When I'm hanging out with friends, chatting with my family, or spending time with Ben, I want to be present. Not distracted by my phone, social media, or the to-do lists in my head. Similarly, I want to focus on what's going on in the present. have a tendency to think about the future a lot, to plan and worry and dream. But a lot of those things are out of my control! So this year, I want to spend my time and energy on the things I can actually affect, and trust that if I focus on the present, those future goals will fall into place in the future (if they're meant to).

One little word: Present

So that's my word! I'm hoping it will help me to make decisions throughout the year, and remind me to slow down, enjoy, and give my attention more whole-heartedly. Do you do the "one little word" thing? If so, do you find that it helps you? And what's your word for 2015?

Alright, I know I've written several posts about goals recently, and you're all probably sick of it by now--after all, it's almost February! So I promise I'm done. Moving on! Let's do this.

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  1. Posted by kelsey on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

    this is an awesome word. it applies to so many things and i could see it being my "one little word" as well. :) need to work on being present, listening more, focusing only on the present. etc. whew!
  2. Posted by Kelsea Echo on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

    Good choice! It's really hard not to be constantly worrying and planning for the future, but doing that means we miss so much. Good luck making your 2015 word work! :)

    <3 Kelsea | Kels Shark
  3. Posted by Debbie on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

    I have enjoyed "one little word" for 5 years. There is always something on my heart at the beginning of the year and that's how I pick my word. This year it's "simple". It encompasses many areas in my days. My home decor, my diet, my clothing, and also simply enjoying. I think you will like this simple reminder of a word :)!
  4. Posted by Britney Lynn on Sunday, February 1st, 2015

    present is such a great word to focus on, you can feel your world shift as you become more aware of where your head is vs where you physically are. last year I focused on

    {which included a healthy dose of being present}, and this year I want to work on being bold.
    • Posted by Aileen on Monday, February 2nd, 2015

      Thanks, Britney! I love hearing other people's words too. Both patience and bold are great ones.