Sunday, January 10, 2016

Moving Forward: Oklahoma Women Blogger Conference!

In keeping with my 2016 #OneWord, FOWARD - I just registered to attend the first (and I hope annual) Oklahoma Women Bloggers Mini-Conference. I'm excited to connect with other women bloggers and learn more about moving forward with the development of my blogging skills and knowledge! Come join us, won't you?

Friday, January 8, 2016

The One Word, 2016 Edition

The blog world is obsessed with picking its ONE WORD for the year. After I explained the concept, Hubs was surprisingly intrigued and decided we needed a word this year and I would blog about it. First, I checked my past January blog posts to ensure we didn't pick the same word, that would be embarrassing.

Start was my word in 2014; admittedly I DID start a few things. Starting's never been my problem; knowing myself, I'd have been wiser to chose a phrase like Follow Through.

In 2015 I didn't choose one word, instead welcoming the new year with a hashtag - #Organize2015. It was all the rage on Facebook and although my intentions were good, I only managed to organize the 2 smallest closets in the house and make a Goodwill donation before the inspiration vanished within days. 

So for 2016, Hubs and I decided we clearly needed a more descriptive word, a word with some oomph, a word with expectations attached to it - not some esoteric, pansy, feel-good word - we needed a kickass word!

'Progress? Meh.'
'Finish? Nope.'
'Forward? Oooh that's a good one, what do you think? Yes...FORWARD! It's time we get some shit done!'
Forward with joy and a cute rose purse.

I know it's only Day 8 of 2016 but I feel a palpable shift. Every day we've moved a little closer to our goals. It's a shame how complacent we'd become in our day to day lives. How can you grow too comfortable and neglect the gifts, for which you'd wished upon every star?

With each encouraging text we exchange, our one word is included, using goofy hashtags to inspire ourselves. Every tiny step and commitment kept is celebrated as a team. I'll continue with more blogging and we'll tackle some much needed home improvement projects. We're pursuing higher aspirations for ourselves, both personally and professionally - all daring moves that'll test our courage. Choosing FORWARD over fear is intoxicating and I'm excited to share our adventures with you throughout the year. 

"Go back?" he thought. "No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!" So up he got, and trotted along with his little sword held in front of him and one hand feeling the wall, and his heart all of a patter and a pitter.

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbitt

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