Tuesday, January 8, 2013

What's the Word?

     I am reading the book Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin. It is one of those great motivational books that inspires me to be a better mother, wife, friend and all around person. She breaks each chapter down into months to make it easier to digest what steps one needs to take to bring more happiness into your home. As we begin the month of January and a start of a new year, Rubin writes about choosing a single word or phrase as an overarching theme for an entire year.     

I had been giving much thought to what my word for 2013 would be. The word finally shouted at me, cartwheeling out of my mouth, while talking to Brian the other night about how neither one of us has been sleeping well. We decided to purchase a new bed with all new bedding, replacing what we have had since we moved into our house 12 years ago. I told him that I was ready for good quality sleep; which led me to wanting to purchase a comfortable quality bed. After saying the word "quality" about ten times in two run-on sentences, I realized that "quality" was my word for 2013.

Quality is defined as  the standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something: (Oxford Dictionary). I am not only referencing purchasing higher quality bedding, or eating a healthier quality diet but living a higher quality life. I am not sure exactly what this will mean or how it will play out but I am envisioning the decisions I make or the time I spend with my family and friends to have a little more thought or substance and a little less impulsivity for the sake of convenience. Or it might mean, the quality of my play time with the boys means I actually play matchbox cars without simultaneously sorting their toys into their correct bins. It is being present really, without feeling the need to be anywhere else, even for a short period of time. 

Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives." ~William Foster

What is your word for 2013?

Love & Light,

 My new bed. I LOVE the owl pillows I found!

My quality time alone today at Lewis Ginter.

This origami artwork was amazing!

And the orchids, beautiful as always.

And below, a good quality read. I cannot put this book down.

1 comment :

  1. Great post. Will look into that book. I am always looking for some "direction." Funny about the bed...Josh and I have had ours for #$@% (embarrassing number)of years. Where did you end up getting it? Looks like a nice zen space....great for quality sleeping! Enjoy...xo, M