Release, Review and Redo – How are you?

My Word of the Year for 2017

Good grief…2017 is a week gone already. If it’s as tricky as I feel it will be, I’m hoping it all goes this fast. I also hope the good moments linger in my mind more than anything else. I had intended to write several posts before the end of the year, but did not get to it, so I’m combining a few into Release, Review and Redo, not necessarily in that order.

2016 in REVIEW

Did I live up to my promise to myself from early 2016?

For 2016, I will consistently commit to creating a magical and worthwhile life.

Personally, not looking at a single thing happening on a local, or global scale I had a quality year. I began the year on maternity leave for my son.  Charlie nursed for the entire year, and I stayed home with him full-time until April.  I napped with him, played with him, and when I went back to work, I only did so part-time.  This was for him, but also and in many ways, more for my daughter.  Once a week, I can now pick her up at school when the bell rings, or after her enrichment class.  I didn’t have to put her in after care at all, thanks in part to R + F and for that I am forever grateful.

I punctuated the middle of the year with a quaint and lovely courthouse marriage to the Man, and ended it with a family staycation with all of our kids under the same roof.  I continued to grow my skin care business, and embarked upon a journey to become both a life coach and a yoga teacher.  It’s definitely been exhausting, it’s not been perfect by any means, but it has in many moments, been magical.  Though difficult, it’s always been worthwhile. And I’ve definitely leaned towards doing things that align with this phrase even though they might not have made sense in the short-term. Those were the things that went right….


As I said, it wasn’t perfect. There were some things that kept eating at me beyond the normal everyday things that bug a working mom. While I consistently committed to creating the life I’ve talked about, I wasn’t consistent enough about other things.

Part of this was because let’s face it, I had a newborn, was severely sleep-deprived and I pretty much was doing the best I could with the energy I had. The other part has nothing to do with little Charlie, or Maya for that matter. It has to do with me and the things I tend to hang on to, the things that keep coming up because I haven’t fully dealt with them yet…the things that cause clutter. I’ve written about these things multiple times before, but clearly this is still a lesson I need to learn. Moreover, it’s these things that prevent more things from going right.  The clutter cocks up my cogs, kills my motivation, commitment and consistency.  This leads me to my word of the year:

My Word of the Year for 2017

Release.  Release of material things that no longer serve me, ideas that don’t…habits that hold me back from achieving my most-sought after goals. I’m taking that Japanese decluttering book to a whole new level.  And once I tidy up, the space created will allow the butterfly in me to ascend.

And that leaves me with…Redo.


It’s been in process for a few months now but the blog is finally re-done! Rather than trying to do something that I kind of know how to do, I hired a professional to do it instead.  Margo Snyder is someone whose work I noted a while back and thought if I ever needed a web designer I would see if she was available to come up with something for my site.

I’m pleased to say I had a vision and without me doing anything other than communicating what that vision was, she brought it to life! You’ll note on the home page that there is now a “button” for each of the senses and one final one for the “sixth sense” which to me is means two things – anything that I write that doesn’t fall into one of the other categories and 2) musings that tap into that literal sixth sense. So now that this part is done, there are some little elements I need to take care of, but I feel now that my blog it’s where it needs to be visually for what I want to become.

And on that note….it’s time for bed.  I’ll leave you with a question on this mindful Monday. Tell me, do you have a word of the year? If so…what is it?

By Joy

I'm 42, a remarried mom of an 8 year old girl and a toddler son, a teacher, and a writer. People tell me I tend to be brutally honest and ...tell it like it is, so I had hoped to use this outlet to keep me sane while I got used to my new life as a stay-at-home Mom back when I was home with my worked. And it's been therapeutic through the end of a marriage and the emergence of me...


      1. Instead of fighting with myself about many things that used to bother me to no end, I have decided to try to “bend” a little, and have less stress in my life.

  1. I have three words for the year, harmony, freedom (from jealousy )and happiness. I took a quiz online and got those words and they seem to make sense in my life. 😊

  2. Your new blog looks wonderful. (Go Margo!) Stylish and easy to navigate. Here’s wishing you the very best in 2017. I’m trying my best to be super-positive, helpful and kind. (Not as easy for me as it sounds). I suppose my word for this year would be ‘Share’. (And not as in ‘sharing a post’!)

    1. Thank you! I appreciate the kind words….especially since I have recently learned my “love language” is Words of Affirmation. I wish you the same…and I like your word. We’ll have to report back at the end of the year and see how things went 🙂

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