One Word 2015

by Alli

Who remembers my one word for 2014?  Come on, now.  I certainly wrote about it enough and you can read my very first post about my 2014 word here.  It was L O V E and man, I had to often remind myself  that I had chosen to walk in love in all situations.

I’m not a patient person by nature.  It’s something I have to constantly work on.  And I hate standing in long lines at the checkout counter or anywhere else.  Sometimes I would have to chant the word LOVE to myself as I waited in line with a plastered fake smile on my face.  I’ve always believed in “Fake it til you make it!”

Incompetence is another area that my perfectionist self is not good at tolerating.  I have plenty of apathy for the underdog, the down and out, the victim, but for the incompetent person that has been taught how to do something but doesn’t even try, I have one word:  Love.  It’s become my mantra.

When someone is unloving to me:  Love.  When I don’t feel like walking in the love of God:  Love.  When I want to pitch a hissy fit:  Love.

Did I accomplish my goal?  Yes, no, a little bit maybe so – to a certain extent.  Sometimes my repeated mantra could not get through to my brain and I rebelled and chose impatience and intolerance.  But, I became much more aware of situations that required me to lean more heavily on my LOVE word.

As 2015 approaches, I’ve searched my inner self to find the one word that I could concentrate on this year.  It took a little while, but I finally found it, or it found me.  My one word 2015 is organize.

One Word 2015:  Organize

or·gan·ize – 1.  arrange in a structured whole; order.
                     2.  make arrangements or preparations for; coordinate.
If you’re reading this and you’re a real-life friend, I can read your thoughts right this second.  You’re thinking, “But you are organized.”

[Tweet ” I am organized in certain areas of my life. But there are areas that can be vastly improved upon in 2015.”]

Here’s the plan!  I’m going to take my time organizing every area of my life.

1.  My house

I’m going to go through each room of my house (not in the same day or the same week or the same month), every closet, every drawer, every nook and cranny and I’m going to organize and declutter.

Note:  Right before I hit the publish button on this post, I received an email from one of my favorite blogs, The Everyday Home, and it was all about getting organized in 2015 and she introduced me to  52 Weeks to An Organized Home.  I signed up right away to receive emails, free printables and step-by-step instructions to help me get my home completely organized in one year. Each week will focus on a different challenge area in our homes. You can sign up, too!  It’s free, looks like fun and it will keep me motivated.  I’m stoked!

2.  My Blog

I have my 2015 blog planner ready to go.  There are several great, free printable blog planners out there.  Here’s 2 of my faves from Life with Lorelai and My Life Abundant.

No more overlapping giveaways unless I plan for them to overlap. No more trying to remember that thought that briefly ran through my mind of the post that would definitely go viral and saying to myself, “Oh, I can remember that.”  No.  More.

3.  My Body

I’m not Mr. Potato Head, but I’m going to organize my exercise routine (or lack thereof lately) and my eating.  Hello, Fitbit, did you miss me over the Christmas holidays?  And Fitness Pal, ol’ buddy ol’ pal, I’m back.  Please stop telling me that I’m not eating enough.  I pinky swear that I am.  My thighs and tummy also pinky swear that I am.

4.  My Spiritual Life

My favorite Bible verse is Matthew 6:33 – “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

I know I can’t organize God.  Duh.  But I can seek Him first and foremost.  Just because I’m in the ministry alongside my husband doesn’t mean that I have a special grace to read His word or pray.  I have to make and take time to spend with my Father.

I was going to list 5, but I think I’ve probably bitten off more than I can chew with these 4 areas, so let’s leave it at 4.  Whew.

My word, organize, will be my BFF as we enter into 2015.  And just like those real life BFF’s we had in middle school, we’ll fuss, we’ll fight, we won’t speak to one another and we’ll get back on track.  And at the end of the year I do believe I’ll be organized a tad bit more than I am now.  And that’s good enough for me.

What’s your one word 2015 or your goals?  What do you hope to accomplish?



Kristen from The Road to Domestication December 31, 2014 - 10:25 am

I LOVE your word!!! But you knew I would 🙂 My 2014 word was “peace”. For 2015, I’ve chosen “brave”.

Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai December 31, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Hmm… I’ve never done a word for the year. I kind of like the idea; I’ll have to give it some thought. Your favorite verse is my confirmation verse–love it. Thanks so much for sharing my bog planner. This is an excellent post, and organizing and de-cluttering are definitely on my list for 2015. Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

Happy New Year!
Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

Kita December 31, 2014 - 11:48 pm

Mine will be action. My word for 2014 was Focus and I did that. Now it’s time to get out there and put my focus into action. Happy New Year

Bernadette Callahan (@AimlessMoments) January 1, 2015 - 12:16 pm

I need to do some organizing this year too! I plan on doing alot. We started with getting rid of a bunch of clothes and toys the kids dont use right before the holidays and now I need to go through and get rid of everything else.

[email protected] January 2, 2015 - 5:58 am

You have a great plan for 2015. I need a new blog planner and am off to check out your two suggestions.

Shirley Wood January 2, 2015 - 7:59 am

My one word for last year was Forgiveness. That was a challenge sometimes but I feel like I made it through in one piece. There was one situation which occurred that was extremely hurtful and took me almost an entire year to come to grips with but just a couple of weeks before Christmas, it happened. I finally let go and showed forgiveness to that person.
The concept of one word is quite interesting especially if we select a challenging word for ourselves.
Organization is an excellent choice! I’m going to check out the post at My Life Abundant, so glad you shared with us.
Happy New Year!

Paris at My BIg Fat Happy Life January 2, 2015 - 10:03 am

I have never participated in one word, but I really like your word for 2015. I need to organize – my home, blogging, my monthly budgets, etc…..

Natalie January 2, 2015 - 11:26 am

I love this, Alli! All of your goals seem manageable and focused–I hope that 2015 turns out to be a great year for you. 🙂 If I had to pick a word for 2015, it would probably be “growth.” I want to grow as a parent, as a blogger, as a traveler, as a spouse, and as a homeowner. I’m excited to see where the year takes me!

Vashti ( January 2, 2015 - 2:31 pm

I can really identify with a lot of this. I’m currently going through my house to simply and declutter and I’m applying it to all areas of my life. I love your word. Happy New Year.

Nicole Keener January 2, 2015 - 3:30 pm

Oh I have never heard of this! I might give it a try, juts hard to choose which word.

Kirsten January 2, 2015 - 6:16 pm

Too funny. I didn’t do a blog post, but my word for 2015 is also “Organize”. Our home, my blog, our family time and activities, it always seems so overwhelming! I’m signing up for the “52 Weeks to An Organized Home”, I definitely need that! Thanks for sharing and happy new year!

Natalie January 3, 2015 - 1:05 am

YES YES YES! I’m only “organized” with some things and other things, not so much. I love this, I would pick that word as well. I didn’t do this, but I have made a “Goals for 2015” which I believe being more organized is on there. Good luck with your list 🙂

Jennifer Bennett January 8, 2015 - 11:01 pm

I love your chosen word. Can’t wait to follow you throughout the year and see how it all unfolds. Thanks for the links to the printables. God bless.

Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai January 9, 2015 - 4:41 pm

I loved this post, and Organize is at the top of my list for 2015. Thank you for sharing at the #HomemattersParty 🙂

Life With Lorelai

Jen January 9, 2015 - 7:01 pm

Hi, there! I’m stopping by from the Loft link-up, a little later than usual. 🙂 I appreciate how you honestly evaluate your one-word progress from last year since I’m learning all about imperfect progress lately. I’m a ministry wife, too, so we have that in common as well. It’s nice to “meet” you here! Thanks for sharing with us at The Loft.
Jen 🙂

Laurel Regan January 11, 2015 - 5:15 pm

I need to put your word into practice myself – while I’m organized in many areas, there are also many that could use an overhaul! I am going to use my own word for the year – “Shift” – to help me get organized by making small steps each day towards getting where I want to be. Thanks for sharing your word!

Alli January 12, 2015 - 9:41 am

Shift is such a great word! And I’m happy to say that I have purchased some organizing tools for my walk-in closet. That’s the one place that needs organizing the most.

Elena Fredrick January 12, 2015 - 11:04 pm

Love the word. Organize is one of those things I am constantly doing. Especially living in a small house with little storage space. Last year I chose “breathe” and “celebrate”. This year it’s “PROGRESS”.

Alli January 13, 2015 - 7:16 am

I hope I make lots of progress on my journey to being organized. This week I’m tackling the space under the kitchen sink. I live in an older home and lack of storage is a big issue for me, too.


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