Be Happy Anyway

Be Happy Anyway
From Brave Girls Club

Friday, January 1, 2016


It's that time again, time to reflect on the past year and decide what kind of progress I've made. My word for the year was FORWARD. Even though I didn't write about it at all, I feel I have managed to move forward pretty well. But to see how I've moved forward I would like to take a look back - waaay back.

A look back at where it all began - 2009

I said I wanted to develop good habits such as:
  • Cooking at least 5 days a week 
  • Drinking Water 
  • Exercise 
  • Reading books 
  • Playing with my children  
  • Sticking to my plans 
  • Saving Money 
  • Go to bed no later than 10 p.m. on weekdays 
Did I? Not so much then, but I do many of them now  and I think that says something. It says you may plant a seed to something that may take awhile to grow but with patience you will see results, especially with periodic reflection on where you have come from.

The year 2012 found me looking to live more BOLDLY and boy did I. That was the year everything changed in a big way. 

I went through a lot that year including moving out with my kids, moving back to Texas, starting a new job, and so many other things.

That has to be the funniest OLW ever. I still do't finish much - at least when it comes to crafty projects. I have a half painted bookshelf in the garage, an unpainted table in the garage and a table that needs to be repainted in the kitchen. I also have my feet propped on an ottoman that needs to be recovered. That's pretty much me - full of ideas that never get accomplished. In fact, I don't even think I even finished focusing on my OLW for 2013. Typical.

So this leaves me with 2015's word FORWARD  where I said:

The word FORWARD makes me think of this little clip from Meet the Robinsons:

Growth mindset is what we teach our students at my school. When you fail, you keep moving forward. So thinking about this concept leads me to my word for 2016.



Will I blog about it? We will see. I'm looking forward to what 2016 has in store for me.


miruspeg said...

You have grown so much already Annemarie, what a great summary of your journey with One Little Word (OLW) since 2009.
May 2016 be a year of further growth for you.
Lots of love and hugs
Peggy xxxxx

PS My OLW for 2016 is Listen.

Marit said...

I loved reading your reflexions on the words you choose in former years and I like your word for 2016. I choose "Move" for 2016 - and not the Dutch but the English word this time (as it includes more meanings in the one word) MOVE for trying to move people with my art - I want to make art that 'does something' with the viewer. MOVE for moving forward, away from all the stress and to a more relaxed life. MOVE for wanting to move out of this bad neighborhood and MOVE for moving my body (go for long walks on a regular base.) May 2016 bring you all you wish for sweet friend.

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