Good Saturday evening to you!

Only seventeen days into the month of universal self-betterment comes Ditch Your New Year’s Resolutions Day. I can only imagine that for most it’s met with either a panicked gasp or sigh of relief. For me, it’s neither. Rather than go down the resolutions rabbit hole this year, ending up mired in self-criticism, I chose to avoid it altogether.

I read about the #OneWord365 project earlier this month — “focus on who you want to be rather than what you want to do” — and immediately it set my thoughts in motion. Sure, there are loads of things I want to accomplish in 2015, but those are more to-dos than resolutions. Focusing on one word will (hopefully) ensure I make time for and nurture myself.

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A constant worrier and over-analyzer whose brain is rarely silent, the word I’ve chosen is breathe.

Breathe and… be content with where I am at this moment … embrace the things that make me uniquely me … be grateful for our many blessings … and most of all, let go of what I can’t control and trust in the larger plan. It might be wishy-washy, but I’m committed to following through, however challenging that may be.

If you were to choose one word for the next 365 348 days, what would it be?

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In other news, huzzah for a long weekend, Championship Sunday, and my love’s birthday! I had to smile reviewing my cookbooks for the best angel food recipe and finding my handwritten notes: “birthday celebration for 2014 — perfect,” “birthday 2013 — he says this is the ultimate angel food cake,” “January 2012 — best angel food yet were his exact words!” Can you tell it’s his favorite?

I am so fortunate to spend the rest of my days with him, and promised an extra large portion of cake and berries if there isn’t a lot of this tomorrow afternoon.

On that note, the oven timer is going off. I have a dark chocolate-flecked angel food to check on! Have a wonderful weekend, and don’t forget to scroll down for the week’s links.

Cheers, Heather

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    • Heather Goesch, MPH, RDN, LDN says:

      Ah, this is another great word, Allie. I think this plays a lot into self-love and being mindful of what we each are personally in need of. And of course this varies from day to day, meaning the freedom to do this/feel this/eat this/be this will change regularly. This would take a lot of soul-searching for me; though, something I should definitely do more of! Thanks for sharing. I wish you all the best in 2015… the year of freedom!

  1. Sandy says:

    Excellent choice of a “word” for 2015, and beautiful words to describe it’s meaning for you. I have found for the last several weeks That I have frequently and out loud been telling myself to “focus”. Very similar to your “breathe”, I want to let go of the extraneous worries, allowing me to complete a difficult task, free my mind to creatively problem solve, or to focus on the beauty and love that surrounds me. Great concept; thanks for sharing!

    • Heather Goesch, MPH, RDN, LDN says:

      Isn’t it a nice alternative? “Free the mind to creatively problem solve, or focus on the surrounding beauty and love” — ditto! There is so much information and stimulation at our fingertips every waking hour of the day, it’s hard, at least for me, to productively compartmentalize and to actually *allow* myself to focus on the goods things instead of the negative. Clearly “focus” is a contender for 2016… Thanks, Sandy, and here’s to making your word work for you!

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