Happy New Year to all! There's something so refreshing about opening a new calendar, a new start - a new year. 

When I began this post, I honestly didn't have a plan. I thought I'd maybe just write a quick "Happy New Year" post and explain to my readers about the year to come with Creative Maison (which will still happen, but not quite this week!). I wrote the post title and typed the first two sentences, paused writing and went about checking my email. I received an email from one of my best friends, a lovely woman with whom I've grown up with, titled ''The Power of One Word for 2017.'' The title sounded familiar. I opened it and read. The email was a reminder email about a ''new year'' devotional she had read several years ago. Here's a bit about the devotion in her words "about a simple discipline of developing one word to focus on for the entire year and how it can change you and your way of thinking, bringing clarity, passion and purpose. It cuts through distraction and keeps us focused on what really matters.'' This devotion began a yearly email chain within a small group of people since 2014. I wish I could say I remember which words I had chosen or felt called to choose for myself these last couple years, though I have to say I wasn't focused on committing to the "one word" for several of those years. I hadn't truly seen the beauty in the idea; until now. Here's to hoping she'll forgive me for being so distracted the last couple years. 

I thought about how appropriate this is to chat about this for the New Year. And I'm anxious to hear from you too!

One word as a guide and ''brand'' for you and your life that year. There are no other rules, so to speak, only that you write it down and begin to dwell upon that word throughout your every day life this year. You could use it as a journal or photo journal platform if you're into that sort of thing, or just simply remember it and think about how it pertains to you this year. And it's supposed to be fun, eye-opening and mind-changing!

I've never been a New Years resolution person. I firmly believe that if I want to make a change, I don't need a new year to do so (though I totally understand that some people find meaning in making changes for a new year). If I want to change something in my life or attitude, I tend to choose to start it right away. Likely because I'm an impatient person! However, the "one word" concept, is something I could totally get behind. I'll likely follow this particular devotion guidance and pray throughout the year that God will mold me this year by using that ''one word'' as a mirror for myself, to shape me and showing me ways in which I need change or guidance. However, if you aren't comfortable with the devotion/prayer format, you could still very well choose a word for yourself and examine how it changes your ways of thinking and your actions through the year. I think it's beneficial either way and it might surprise you! 

The word I've chosen, "balance,'' began to hit me this past Fall. My husband and I had a discussion about life and how well (and not well) we are balancing all of the ''stuff'' of life. There were some successes, but with how crazy this year was - with the beginning of the Creative Maison brand, the first exam of my certification process, family happenings and full-time careers, there were also many balancing defeats. We truly take one day at a time in our family. After this discussion, we really began to examine ourselves and what matters to us. 
There are many definitions for "balance." I like them all, and "balance'' really speaks to me in all aspects of my life right now, but I wanted to share these two. 

noun: an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something 
to remain upright and steady
verb: keep or put (something) in a steady position so that it does not fall

So my homework is done. I'm set to begin the challenge of finding the meaning of  "balance'' in my life in 2017!

I think it would be fascinating to hear from you all about which ''one word'' you would choose for 2017. I'd love to hear about why you've chosen the word or how you felt called to your "one word" for this year. Don't be afraid. Go ahead and keep it light and fun or heavy and serious - whatever floats your boat! Feel free to comment below or in any social media feed linked to this post! 

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