A New Word for the New Year


Instead of resolutions or goals for 2015, I’ve decided to have a “focus word” again (you can read about this idea from last year here https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/12/31/resolutions-goals-and-a-word/ ).

My word for the new year is (insert drum roll, please)….”LESS“!

Some of my thoughts about “LESS” are personal, others are more family oriented:

Spend Less, Worry Less, Doubt Less, Fear Less, Less Mess/Clutter, Less Screen Time, Less Anger, Less Complaining, Judge Less, Yell Less, Less Stress, Argue Less, Use Less (gas, water, electricity), Less Junk Food, and even Less Caffeine!

“Less” –  At first, it sort of seems like a negative word. But, apply it to the “Laws of Physics” (yeah, that’s how my train of thought often goes, but bare with me, this makes sense)

“Newton’s third law is:

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

The statement means that in every interaction, there is a pair of forces acting on the two interacting objects. The size of the forces on the first object equals the size of the force on the second object. The direction of the force on the first object is opposite to the direction of the force on the second object. Forces always come in pairs – equal and opposite action-reaction force pairs.”  (Source – http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/newtlaws/u2l4a.cfm)

So, all of my “LESSES” (a new word ?) are going to equal out into a lot of MORES“!  More Peace, More Quality Time, More Money, More (better) Health, More Quiet, More Self Control, More Happiness….

But LESS homeschool?  NOT A CHANCE!  However, “less planning” is a potentially good thought. It seems like sometimes I spend more time planning –  researching, gathering materials, etc – . than we spend actually learning or doing an activity. Not to mention all the times that plans fizzle out because of lack of interest , change of interest direction, or something unexpected comes up instead.  “Less Planning” – It’s a consideration, for sure.

And of course, a “LESS” application for my spiritual growth and relationship with my Savior,  “Less of me = More of Him”!  John 3:30 – “He must become greater; I must become less.”

Less cooking, cleaning, and laundry?  –  Well, a girl can have dreams for the new year, too!

What’s your resolution, goal, or focus word of the new year?  Whatever it is, I wish you the very best with it.

Have a Happy and Blessed 2015!

betty jo




3 thoughts on “A New Word for the New Year

  1. Jess Benoit

    I love this word!! I think I may adopt it as my word for the year too!

    Thanks for linking up with us at the Geeky Educational Linkup. 🙂

    1. Betty Jo Post author

      I know that I’m just a week into “less” for the year, but so far it’s a great word! Oh, thanks for having me over at your Geeky Ed Linkup 🙂


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