Several friends have been blogging and sharing online their one word for 2011. The task, for me, was a bit daunting.  One word that would be a theme for my year?  Hard to reduce to one thing.  Over the last two days, I’ve prayed, dreamed, and jotted down ideas.  I thought I’d landed on it yesterday, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized there was a required action behind it.

My word for 2011 is: Commit.

As I’ve gotten older, as my career roles have changed, as I’ve started a family, I’ve realized that what was once the cornerstone of my “get things done” personal brand has evolved to being a great starter, but not always a strong finisher.  And, in some areas of my life, it’s not only beneficial, but necessary. But there are a few areas where I see it as a detriment to real growth, so in these areas, I am making a commitment to action over the next year:

1. I commit to knowing God more.  To trust daily in grace, forgiveness, and faith. To grow my prayer life into a deeper, more personal relationship with Jesus. To begin and end each day with true worship.

2. I commit to being more intentional about my personal life.  Time that should have been spent on the treadmill was spent in front of the computer. Conversations that should have been had in-person were done by email. Life that should have been lived was put on hold because I didn’t want my child raised by an absent parent. I want to be healthier and more engaged this year. I want to make-and keep-better connections with friends, new and old.

3. I commit to having more adventures. In my childhood and young adult years, I actively pursued new adventures (which put many gray hairs on my parents). With age and responsibilities came a fear of jumping into the unknown. I want to live with passion and purpose…not live safe just to pay my mortgage.

4. I commit to spending more time on my art. This covers not only painting, but also photography, crafts, and blogging.  I’ve been inconsistent with them all, even though they bring me joy.  Time to put more priority on the color of life, rather than just that which is black and white.

I love having an anthem for this year.  I love being accountable to God and my life in a big way.  I am committed.

What about you?  What’s your One Word for 2011?

16 thoughts on “#OneWord2011

  1. LOVE your thoughts. My one word is DO – as in JUST DO IT! I see similarities here. You just expressed yourself better than I did. Here’s to an active and committed 2011!!!

  2. love this, jen! you are committing to some great things this year — big things. it’s gonna be a wild ride, my friend.

    (and love that we both are being more intentional to make God the first and last of our day!)

  3. Excellent Jen. I can see this for you… I love see you in your words and desires. I’ll be praying this for you.

    Jesus was definitely a man of commitment! I’ll pray 2 Peter 1 for you, that you might participate in His divine “committed” nature!


  4. What a fantastic choice, Jen. Committing to goals and pursuits is the only way we can ever really accomplish them. I love the intentional commitment to developing your art. It makes me think – The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it for intentionally building your creativity.

    Great stuff, Jen. I can’t wait to read about how this word plays out for you this year!

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