A Different Kind of Resolution

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It’s four days into the new year, so most people have already shared their resolutions, goals, intentions, etc. You may have also seen a different spin on things this year with a single word. Lindsay first shared this concept last week and it really resonated with me. It simplifies something that can turn into a long list of to-dos.

My word won’t be a surprise to you. I actually started focusing on this last month, but it’s going to take more focus than a month. My word of the year is:


Balance sounds like such a simple concept (just one word!), but it’s something that is tricky for me. Realizing I need to slow down and breathe sometimes. And because I don’t follow directions well, I am going to break down this word a little more…

Balance starts with God.

Before anything else, I need to put (and keep) God in the center of everything. If I all do each day is spend time with Him, others things often fall into place. But I need to spend time each day with Him, preferably at the start of the day.

Food is fun, you know I love it! But I want to focus on a better balance here, eating the foods that truly fuel my active life and in the amount that is best for me.

Fitness is a big part of my life right now, as I’m training for my second Ironman and coaching other athletes. Finding the right balance to keep the fun in fitness, while improving sports performance (both for me and my athletes).

Life can quickly become a series of activities, but I want to enjoy each day and live on purpose. I want to avoid piling too many activities on my plate and be intentional about how I spend my time. Focusing on experiences with Kirk, growing in my career, and establishing strong friendships here in Colorado.

Source: via Heather on Pinterest

I feel these intensions really reflect my priorities for the year in all areas of my life. Now the work begins to live it out and find balance every day. It’s not been easy, but I know I’ve made progress over the past month – now it’s time to carry it over the long term.


Questions for you:

  • How have you planned for the year? Resolutions, goals, one word?
  • Is balance a strength or weakness in your life?

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  1. says

    Balance is most definitely something I’m working on. I know how important it is, but sometimes my priorities get out of whack and therefore the balance that I should have in my life isn’t as it should be. But as I become more mindful of the effects of NOT being in balance, I’m more motivated to bring it back!
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  2. says

    I too loved the one word concept but mine were two words. Bear Down. With school to finish, one of the toughest years of work ever and a baby on the way..I’m determined to make it all happen and I think I can if I focus.

    You’re starting off on the right foot. Good luck with 2013! Can’t wait to follow your accomplishments.
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  3. says

    Balance is the number one thing when it comes to health. I remember when I took my anatomy and physiology course 2 years back, one of our first lectures was about homeostasis. Our body works so hard to keep everything balanced and sickness is really a deviation from that balance. Easier said then done though 😛

    My fitness goals for this year- finish my barefoot running transition, run my first “official” half-marathon, maybe try a marathon towards the end of the year, ooh and also strengthen my back.
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  4. says

    You know I love the 1 word :) Alex picked: Experiences for his word and we decided to add a workd to make a phrase to describe what we want from our year: Go Create Experiences

    Balance is a great one – a number of my friends choose that word too. Balance is key to enjoying life!

  5. Tina @ Best Body Fitness says

    Amen, amen, amen on that balance starts with God! It’s something I have to center myself on every single day. Otherwise, well…it all goes to crap. Sure you know what I mean.
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  6. says

    Great thoughts for the new year; I love the one word focus! (in fact, “focus” is my word of the year!) Mine really is much the same – focusing on my desire to want to know God deeper, my fitness in terms of consistency and my fitness in terms of focusing on total health instead of how I look. Love refocusing! :) Great goals as you look ahead. Lots of love to you, Heather! 😀

  7. says

    Love it! Balance is so hard…I am always swinging one way or the other on the pendulum (of, well, whatever is on both sides at the time, be it exercise, work, blogging, friends). I like this idea, as I had ‘simple’ resolutions. The concept of just setting a goal to begin one day of the year doesn’t seem as helpful or holistic as a long-range goal/mantra/idea for the year.
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