Choosing One Word–Focusing On A New Season


One word–that is my focus as I dive into spring. I love the beginning of a new season. It allows me time to reflect on the past and plan for the time that lies in front of me. Over the last several years I have taken to focusing on one word for the changing seasons, as opposed to one big list of resolutions. 

Why one word? It is simple to focus on and it encapsulates the changes I want to pursue. Focusing on one word keeps me on target. When I do stray throughout the year I find it easy to jump back in and get back on track.

There is great value in taking inventory of our lives and re-evaluating how we can make improvements. As a busy mom, simple is best. I like to start the spring season off ahead of the game as opposed to feeling overwhelmed with a list of resolutions I may or may not adhere to. 

So right now I am focusing on the word “words.” I found that the words I was speaking to my children and husband could use improvement. My tone with my three-and-a-half-year-old often lacked kindness and was layered with aggravation. She is at the age where she understands tone of voice. I knew I needed to make a change immediately when I actually saw hurt in my little girl’s eyes.

I believe in the Bible and always find a verse that will go along with the word I have chosen. In Proverbs 15:4 it states, “Gentle words are a tree of life.” This is my target for my entire year. Home is a place where life grows. The words that I speak to my family need to reflect this desire. What I love about this verse is that it is short enough to memorize and easy enough to repeat in my mind when I find myself in a situation where my temper could be short. I am not perfect by any means, but it has helped me reconsider the words I am about to speak.

Part of my personal inventory: I needed to evaluate not only the words I was speaking, but also the words I was taking in.

What was I allowing to affect my mind, heart, and soul? Through honest reflection I realized that I was allowing social media to rule my mind (and time). So I take breaks from Facebook when I need to, and instead fill my mind with words from books that inspire personal and spiritual growth and family development.

The atmosphere in my home isn’t perfect. But WOW! It has changed so much for the better. My interaction with my children is more intentional; I am more cognizant about the words that I choose; and life and love are growing on a much deeper level. 

I love the practice about choosing a new word each season. How do you use the newness of spring to revitalize yourself? What are some steps you are incorporating into your daily routine to stay focused? I would love to hear from you! Happy Spring!

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Hello, I’m Colleen! I grew up in Massachusetts my entire life but have been living in NH for the past two years and absolutely love the Seacoast. I am a SAHM to two miracle babies and I’ve been married to my best friend for almost 14 years. I have gone through struggles such as unexplained infertility, a miscarriage, the roller coaster ride of adoption, and have just recently completed treatments for thyroid cancer. It is my passion to use these struggles for good and to encourage other women through the daily life of motherhood. An introvert by nature, I recharge by spending one-on-one time with friends. I will definitely take quality conversation over quantity because my typical conversations are primarily with my three-year-old centered around Daniel Tiger, poop and Curious George. When I have a free moment, I enjoy GOOD coffee (forget decaf or generic!), wine, running, all things pink, writing on my blog, and being at the beach.