2015 – Be


My word for 2015 = “be

Each year, as it starts anew, I always take a moment to think about goals and direction for the next 365 days.  On a personal level as well as a professional level.  I do write them down with pen to paper, the good old fashioned way.  I actually write them in a journal, and do my best to stay up to date with it. In fact, I utilize the Happiness Project Journal, that is 1 sentence a day for 5 years.  I figure I’m bound to have a moment to write down 1 sentence per day, right?


So I chose the word “be” for this year because as I was sitting at my desk at work, I looked up at some of my wall art. I read the sign that’s in the image above every single day. As I thought about what it is that I want to achieve in the coming year, I realized that I just want to “be”.

Resolutions are great, change is wonderful, but being present in any moment is priceless.  Being mindful can create such change, I’ve seen the power of it in our lives when we were going through fertility treatments to have Abigail.  Focusing on what you do have control over, and living each day in the moment makes a world of difference.  So, since it’s proven to be impactful in the past, why not give it another go.  Here are five of my plans/goals to just “be”.

Re-adopt the motto “Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys” – words I lived by.  If it’s not something I can control, I don’t need to worry about it.  It’s easy to get wrapped up in the day to day minutiae and think that everything you do is the be all, end all of life itself.  Reality = not so much.  I am a nurturer, and I am a fixer.  I hate to see those that I love suffer and go through tough times – but in reality, it’s not my problem.  I’m the first to admit to my shortcomings and apologize when I am wrong, but I am usually the last to realize that I take on too much, and some things are just not my issues to fix.

Less Is More – purge, purge, and more purging.  We have too much stuff.  Stuff doesn’t mean anything at the end of the day.  Memories, moments, and experiences mean more, and you can cherish them forever without being overwhelmed with STUFF.  We live in a townhouse, while it’s rather on the large size, there is no storage.  Lack of storage leads to anxiety.  When it’s to the point where my easy-going hubby is freaking out because our kid has too much stuff, and there’s no place to put anything – it’s bad! I’m an organizer by nature, everything has it’s place, and there’s a place for everything – but enough is enough! I made amazing progress purging last year, and will continue to do so this year, especially through donating or consignment sales like Just 4 Kids.

Stretch, Meditate, and Repeat – while our schedules are hectic, and with Billy going into tax season, alone time is not necessarily always possible.  The days of going to yoga to just relax and let go are nonexistent.  But, that doesn’t mean that it’s not possible. I know that having time to practice some self-care and healing is important to me, so now is the time that I need to find a way to begin my home practice.  People that I’m privileged with knowing IRL I follow all of there amazing yoga endeavors – Balanced Planet Yoga, Fourth St. Payphone, and Lauren Samson Wellness. To stay on track it’s always great to have not only support, but resources – any and all suggestions are welcome.



Hydrate – Okay, I make this resolution every year.  DRINK. MORE. WATER.  I know for a fact that when I’m properly hydrated that I feel better, look better, and am better.  I just need to make sure I stay on point.  It seems that having a tiny terror of a toddler that I’d much rather live off of coffee – I mean seriously, if I could have an iv drip of espresso that would be awesome – but not so much for functioning like a human being.  I have no aversion to water, I love it, I love the taste, it’s just stopping and making sure that I drink it.  I actually set an alarm on my JawboneUP to vibrate to remind me to drink water. I also switch things up with my ROVE flavor infuser tumbler.

Flexibility – Sure I’d love to be more flexible physically, but to just “be” I know that I need to be a lot more flexible with myself.  A lot more forgiving.  There’s no right or wrong way to do anything, and honestly, not everything on my to-do list is do or die.  I’m not saving lives here, I’m just living.  I need to learn to be a lot more flexible with my expectations of myself, and I think that would lead to a little more happiness, and a lot less anxiety or depression. (pretty sure this one also reiterates #1 – Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys)

Now that I got that out of the way, in 2015 I expect to write some more “from the heart” type posts, get back to the roots of how this started, being my space to have an open stream of consciousness, a judgement-free zone that allowed me to think out-loud.  Lately it’s become a space where I feel that things need to be done a certain way, or I need to have expectations that sometimes are just un-realistic. It will be my space to just “be”.

Jenn Gaffney2015 – Be

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  • Michelle Wolfson - January 6, 2015 reply

    This is such an inspiring post. Thank you!

  • Tricia - January 6, 2015 reply

    What a great post. I’m going to work on the “less is more” approach this year too!

  • Lindsey - January 6, 2015 reply

    I love this! You just wrote my resolutions for me! and I agree,,,, just BE-ing is good enough for me!

  • Marci - January 6, 2015 reply

    I agree that I would like to just “be” more instead of always thinking ahead and being on the move. Great post and nice reflections for the new year!

  • Life with Kaishon - January 6, 2015 reply

    I love your goals. I need that drink more water one as well! : ) Happy New Year!

  • reesa - January 6, 2015 reply

    Great word I so need to take it in and be inspired to “be”.

  • Heather @ GirlGoneMom.com - January 7, 2015 reply

    Love your goals. I have been working on drinking more water too!

  • Carrie MkgLemonade - January 8, 2015 reply

    Great word for 2015! And I need to drink more water too. It’s hard when it’s 12 degrees out though I’m trying!

  • Cory Ableman - February 21, 2019 reply

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