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Why I’m sticking with my one word for 2015

Live :: Creating a life you love.

Last year I struggled to decide on my “one word” for the year before settling on the word live.

This year, however, the choice seemed obvious. I’ve learned so much through that one little 4-letter word—and I’ll be walking through the themes of creating a life you love in our brand new course—so I’ve decided to keep my word and continue the progress I made last year.

My life motto, as permanently etched on my skin this past year, is “Love to live. Live to love,” and my goal this year is to work more toward a life that reflects those things.

But what does it even mean to really live?

For me, it means making intentional choices every day—every hour sometimes—rather than just going through the motions.

Live :: Creating a life you love.

It means:


  • Eliminating excess so I’m not wasting time on things that don’t really matter.
  • Making time for the things that truly reflect my priorities and values.
  • Intentionally evaluating how I spend time and money.


  • Elevating people over tasks.
  • Looking my kids and husband in the eye when they speak to me.
  • Setting aside what I think my kids should need to give them what they do need.


  • Looking for opportunities to connect with people in a real way.
  • Being real in relationships even when it reveals my {many!} imperfections.
  • Making time for connection even when I am stressed and want to curl up in my pajamas with a good book.


  • Admitting when something’s not going well and being willing to make changes.
  • Knowing when to quit or walk away from something.
  • Being willing to say no to good opportunities to leave space for the best.


  • Understanding the value of rest in a healthy life.
  • Making time for rest, not just physically but emotionally, mentally and creatively as well.
  • Choosing to rest before I reach the point of just zoning out mindlessly.


  • Opening my eyes to the world and people around me rather than focusing on my phone or staying inside my head.
  • Trying to see and understand things from other people’s perspectives.
  • Exploring new cities, cultures, foods and clothing with my kids, in person and through books and movies.

Knowing yourself

  • Understanding how my personality affects the way I approach life.
  • Letting go of other people’s expectations and living life authentically rather than putting on a facade for other people.
  • Being willing to evaluate my natural tendencies and work toward better ones when those are affecting my relationships or life.


  • Choosing not to escape into work or the internet just because I’m tired or bored.
  • Modeling healthy technology use for my kids.
  • Taking breaks from technology and the internet on a regular basis to just enjoy “real” life.


  • Embracing the things I don’t know and looking for opportunities to learn more.
  • Making room for wonder and awe in my life.
  • Learning alongside my children to inspire a love of learning in their lives as well.


  • Doing more than just “raising awareness” for the causes that are important to me.
  • Making choices with my time and money that reflect those values and passions.
  • Serving and giving locally as well as internationally.


  • Seeing opportunities for creativity in everyday—in the way I prepare a meal, fluff the pillows or doodle on my to-do list.
  • Making time to actually pursue new creative skills with lessons, books or practice.
  • Living my life as art even when I’m not actively creating.


  • Celebrating the big and small moments of life.
  • Choosing thankfulness and gratitude every day.
  • Creating strong family traditions that my kids will remember into adulthood.

Will you join me on this journey?