Monday, January 9, 2012

One Word: 2012

Man, I really slacked off reporting about my one little word of 2011: REFINE. I learned a ton though - about myself, and about what kind of person I want to become. I feel like it made me softer, a little more patient, and definitely more self-controlled in the finance department. I'm sad to let that word go.

It took me a while to figure out my word for this year. Although, if I had been paying attention it would have come to me much sooner.  Let me explain.

Our family has gone through a lot of changes in the last few months. I stopped tending my nieces and resumed doing massage again, we went from 3 to 4 when Avery was born, and Justin got called to be the Stake Sports Specialist (say that three times fast!) in our church. Harvey is in the final stages of adjusting to the role of big brother, and just started potty training! On top of all of that, Justin got a new job (or should I say career) which requires him to do some traveling for the first 6 months. While all of this is exciting... adjusting to it all is going to be hard.

Every time I thought about it all, I wanted my word to be ENDURE. Just the thought everything kind of stressed me out and I felt like choosing to "endure" it would be easy. But somehow "easy" felt like I was coping out. I knew my word should help me grow - become something better, even though it would be hard.

And I can do hard things. So this year my little word is

(modified via here)

This word has always been a favorite of mine. I wanted to choose it last year, but I'm glad I saved it.

I think it's the perfect word to follow REFINE. When a piece of metal is refined - once all of the impurities are removed - of course you would set to work to make it beautiful. You would make it SHINE.

The LDS church chooses a theme each year for the youth (and I'm included in that because I'm serving in the Young Women program). This year it is the scripture: “Arise and SHINE forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations” (Doctrine and Covenants 115:5). I love this.

In college I first heard the song "Shine" by the Newsboys. It talks about gaining a testimony, being a good example to others, thus creating a desire within them to change for the better. The chorus says:
Make 'em wonder what you've got
Make 'em wish that they were not
On the outside looking bored
Let it shine before all men
Let 'em see good works, and then
Let 'em glorify the Lord

I love the words, and I love the beat.

This year I want to SHINE - reflecting the light of the Son (as in, the Son of God - Jesus Christ). The closer my relationship with Him, the brighter I'll be. I want my attitude, my appearance, and my soul to SHINE. I want others to feel my light; to be uplifted when they are around me. I know this sounds like I'm just piling on more things to add to my "to-do" list, but I feel that if I start focusing on others, on being positive, on filling my spiritual tank with His light, I'll have more capability to do the other things on my list.

I'll be able to "rise and SHINE" (or get up and do!). And with all our family is going through, I need to be capable.

What about you?? Do you pick one little word each year? What are your goals & resolutions?


  1. wow-your an amazing, wonderful example. Good word pick!! You guys do have a lot going on!!! You'll do great with everything. I have chickened out and set {hopefully} reachable (easy) goals... Lynn's family is focusing this year on service, so one of my specific goals is to make a meal or treat each month for Lynn's grandma who lives in Spanish Fork as well as whenever a neighbor needs it...

  2. Okay so that's two blogs I've read today about the one little word. I love yours and I think you already shine! I might have to join in though because it's inspiring to have an attainable goal. Maybe my word should be 'decisive' though because I can't ever make a decision!

  3. Tiff you shine brightly every single day. I love to read your blog and you do some of the most darling things with your kids. Everytime I read your blog I can see you bright smiling face and wished you lived next door. You motivate and uplift me all the time. Thanks for sharing.


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