Wednesday, January 26, 2011

True Confessions No. 2 - I Stole Rosie's Word of the Year

The other day I got an email from my friend Rosie.  We met a couple of years ago at Spark and had so much fun together that we stayed in touch.  She's such a kindred spirit -- sometimes I think we are living parallel lives.

The purpose of Rosie's email -- deciding on a "word of the year." I don't know if you do that, but I've noticed that a lot of women, including Rosie and I, pick a word each year to use as a mantra of sorts.  It reminds and inspires us as we press through our 365 days.

Rosie was mulling over several words, all of them good.  My favorite wasn't a word, it was a sentence -- "Do Laundry."  I could use that mantra.  But, Rosie had another word that spoke to me personally -- something I really need. So, I stole it -- I stole Rosie's word. I feel a little bad about it, but since we live parallel lives, I think she will understand.

It's now official, my word for 2011 is . . . . 


Those of you who know me are probably thinking "It's about time!!!!" I really do need to stop wandering around like a chicken with my head cut off and focus.  My inability to do this stems from the million thoughts going on in my head that never seem to shut off.  It's a burden.  

For starters, I begin work on a project and 20 minutes later, I'm diverted by thoughts that take me in a completely different direction.  I stop what I'm doing and move on to something else.  I have a lot of unfinished business around here which includes half knit sweaters, piles photographs that have never made it into albums, crammed cupboards, paint that never made it onto the walls, and a craft room that looks like a bomb went off . . . it's shameful.

Not only that, I don't savor important moments with people I care about because I'm thinking about the disorder in my life, and all the things on my "to do" list.  I'm not focused on what is right in front of me, I'm lost in thought.

So this year, I am really going to work on staying in the moment.   If I am at lunch with a friend, I'm going to listen and talk to that friend.  If I start to paint a room, I'm going to finish it right away, and not leave it for 2015.

I kicked off 2011 with a de-clutter project.  For the past 2 weeks, I have made time to to work on purging, and when I felt the urge to walk away and do something else, my "word" reminded me that I needed to stay put and finish the task at hand.

Would you believe that I'm actually having some success this year!  I focused, and now have 4 clean closets and an organized storage unit!!  I've only got one more to closet to go and I am done!  What a relief.

Incidentally, the urge to purge must be traveling round my neighborhood.  When I was driving the car pool this morning, house after house had piles of stuff out for pickup by the local thrift shops.  It looked like a community garage sale.

Even Santa is de-cluttering his summer house.  In case you are interested, he's giving away a sofa and a mattress. The sign on the sofa says "Free."  (As I was snapping this picture, the car pool finally got to see Santa's pot bellied pig, who was out in the front yard this morning sniffing at an Ab-Lounge.  Good to know Santa is trying to tone up after his December milk and cookies binge.)

Come February, Temecula is going to be one tidy town.  And so is the Beutler house . . . because I focused.


Thank you for the inspiration Rosie.  You have to drop me a line and let me know what you finally settled on for 2011.   I'm crossing my fingers that you chose "Do Laundry."

Post Script: Do you have a "word of the year?" If so, what is it??

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Bethany @ Organic Enchilada said...

I love the idea of having a word as a mantra for the year. I wonder if it makes each year stand out in it's own way? If you experience your life differently when you choose a word to live by? So cool. I'm just going to live by that quote you sent me this year. It's perfect, even if the rest of the year turns out to not be as challenging as the first month has been.

Jenni said...


i teach 8th graders all day long, so at the end of the day, i have lost almost all of it...not fair to my family. for them, as well as myself, i think my word is going to be patience.

*for a red hot second i thought that link was going to go to info about the spark conference...where do i find info? dying to know more! every time you talk about it, my mouth waters a little!