One Little Word 2014: bliss

I didn't choose a word last year, and I chose VIGOR for 2012 but did very little to actually embody the word and allow it to direct my actions and thoughts for the year.

I want this year to be different.  We have a lot of new and exciting firsts coming our way in 2014 and I want to change my actions, my thoughts and my heart.

I'm not sure what it is about teaching, but it seems to bring out the critic in me.  Not towards my students but instead towards everyone else, their lives, and their choices.  A lot of it stems from that nasty word COMPARISON and it shows a lot about my own insecurities and lack of contentment in my own life.

Their lives are not mine to live and in being so critical of others and investing so much of my energy into 'correcting' their lives, I'm entirely missing out on all of the wonderful things happening in my own.

So, this year my word is:

bliss— n
1.perfect happiness; serene joy
2.the ecstatic joy of heaven

Instead of worrying about criticizing how others live their lives when it has no affect on me, I am going to invest my time and energy into the pursuit of bliss in my own life.  

Bliss captures it all- positivity, intention, peace, graciousness- because I cannot have perfect happiness without all of these.  

In 2014 my life will be filled with bliss- yes, plenty of hardships and trials too- but overall bliss because happiness is a choice and must be actively pursued.  I want my bliss to radiate into my marriage, motherhood, my family, and my friendships.

What's your One Little Word that you want to change your actions, your thoughts and your heart in 2014?

Go learn more at Ali's blog (she's the creative mastermind behind OLW and she's even offering a class to help you embody your OLW in 2014).