Layla is having a “word of the year” party and I wanted to join in the fun. I adore words. I like to bounce them around in my head and create combinations that make me laugh or grip my insides and make me want to do better…to be better. Every blogger knows the power that words can have on your total being. One little string of them left in your comment box can encourage and uplift, or sadden and sting. So when I tried to think of one word that encapsulates all I want to gain in a year, I prayed, and pondered, and contemplated and kept coming back to the same silly word. Bubbles.
Bubbles. That is my word for 2012. Uh…bubbles? Seriously Beth? Yep. Seriously. Let me explain.
This year, I want to focus on having more fun with my family.
I’m all too aware of how fast my boys are growing up. Yes, I’ll admit that I’m not the kind of mom that always enjoys playing with my kids. But pretty soon the days of them wanting to play with me will be gone…and I don’t want to regret not grabbing the moments of fun while they are here.
I love to have fun and I am often the biggest clown in my family (which is saying a lot if you’ve seen the clowns in my family)! But blogging can be all-consuming and the to-do list never ending. This year I hope to pause more and take time to jump on some bubble wrap with my boys.
We cover a bride and groom in bubbles to wish them well.
This year, I want to celebrate all the triumphs in my own life but more importantly in the lives of others. I want to be a source of encouragement! I want to take the time to send that card, write that email, and pop that cork for the successes and joys in life. Ultimately, I want to give more and focus on myself less.
I tend to be high strung. My nerves often get the best of me and when stressed I say and do things that I often regret later. This year, I plan to take time to quiet my mind and escape from the stressors as needed.
I have an awesome jacuzzi tub in my master bath, and I need to shut the computer and retreat to my bath when I feel weary. While soaking, I often read my Bible which helps renew my mind and feed my soul.
In the past three years of home blogging, my community has become filled with the most amazing people! I LOVE bloggers! I adore my blog friends. When I am in crisis, I turn to blog friends. When I have something exciting to share, I turn to my blog friends. When I want to laugh, yep…I turn to my blog friends! However, I have many non-blogger relationships in my life and I have totally let those slide. Most of the people in my “real everyday life” are not bloggers, and I love them too. I don’t want to just live in a blogger bubble. It’s safe and warm and easy in here…..but for me it’s not healthy.
My blog is my business. My blog community is AWESOME, and yet my blog should not be my everything. It should not become an idol in my life. This year, I will work hard at balancing blog life with real life and stop isolating myself from my church, neighborhood, and offline community. This will admittedly be the hardest “bubble” goal of the year!
Joy is fleeting and moments are often all we have. Life is too short to dwell on any pettiness or negativity. This year, I won’t allow nay sayers to burst my bubble. I will embrace the fragile moments of joy and not allow myself to be fragile within those moments. My joy is not dependent on the opinions of others, and I am not a bubble.
This year, I want to be a gift finder. I want to see the joy in every circumstance and slow down to enjoy each moment. If you haven’t read Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts, I think you should. Ann is one of the most gifted Christian authors I have ever read. Her book has been such a blessing in my life and reminds me to seek and find joy in the messy mundane trials of life. There is a passage in her book where she describes the majesty of dish soap bubbles and her description is so amazing that I was tempted to go wash some dishes and rejoice in those glorious suds! Now seriously…that is some good writing if it motivates me to want to wash a pan just to see a bubble! Here is an excerpt from that passage:
A soap bubble, skin of light and water and space suspended in sphere. Who has time for that?
Hadn’t I? Only because I was looking. Because that list of one thousand gifts has me always on the hunt for one more—to behold one more moment pregnant with wonder…..
……Light on a soap film, its energy traveling, reflection, refraction on a wall a few millionths of an inch thick. Light waves permeate and collide, crest to crest and crest to trough. Yellow marbleizes into indigo dark. I do see this I hold it.
This is where God is. —Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts
Bubbles. They remind me to have fun with my kids, to celebrate the successes of others, to take time to unwind and relax. They remind me to embrace those outside of my blogger bubble and to not let others burst my bubble. They remind me to live in the moment and rejoice in God’s love and beauty! I say bubbles all around in 2012!
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