Ever since I first learned about Ali Edwards’s “One Little Word,” I’ve chosen a single word to guide me through the New Year. Rather than make a list of specific resolutions I’ll likely never keep, I instead check in with myself and ask if my actions are aligning with my chosen word. As the year winds down, I like to ask myself what I feel I need more of in the coming year and jot down a few words that come to mind. This year, I’ve broken the rules a little. I’ve chosen three little words that, when spoken together, feel like a short mantra: Simple, Savor, Slow.
I’ve fallen back into the habit of racing through life again. My days are over-planned, time is flying by, and I feel like I’m just watching it all pass by. I move from one thing to the next, not taking the time to enjoy it all and let it sink in. It’s tiring and also makes me feel disconnected from my own life.
And so I want to slow it all down. Simplify it. Savor it. “Simple, Savor, Slow” These are the three words that will guide me through life in the New Year.
What is your word? (Or maybe you’re a rule-breaker like I am.)
Christen Hammons is editor-in-chief of Bella Grace. She lives in Orange County with her husband, two sassy cats, and one scruffy dog.