On Survival

…my one word for 2014.


I love new years resolutions! The beginning of a new year; time to start again, get things right this time. I used to write 29 point lists that were forgotten by February. So, last year I joined with other bloggers and simplified. Last year I choose the word possibilities. I tried to be open to possibilities. An attitude to life, rather than a to do list. I think it did make me more open to new things, new friendships and I did keep thinking back to it throughout the year.

However, this year, 2014, I begin with two small children and a slow recovery after giving birth in November. So, I’m going to try and reign in any lofty ambitions for this year and aim for survival. It’s not like we’re living in the woods and I’m having to cook over an open fire- more about keeping things simple, not too busy and just trying to get the basics right.

The basics, for me, are shelter-the house, food, faith and friends.

Ideally I would like our home to be welcoming for our friends to pop in whenever. My faith is built up more from conversations with friends over a cup of tea than structured meetings at the moment so it’s important to me not to be ‘too tired’ or ‘too busy’ for that to happen.

If I have extra energy I will learn to cook better, or even just a couple more meals that are healthy and don’t rely on a jar of sauce!

And (oh dear- I’m already trying to be overambitious!) I would like to be outside as much as possible, picnics in the summer. It could be part of surviving a 2 year old, but also enjoying my 2 year old- noisy running around it much better in the fields than indoors!

Survival. Keeping it simple and celebrating the basics.

P.S. And hopefully linking in with New Beginning over at the Bible synchroblog.

P.P.S. Ahah! Success! Not only am I included in the list of blogs but here is the list for you to peruse.

Here is the list of links for this month:

Jen Bradbury – Enough

Abbie Watters – New Beginnings

Cara Strickland – Bursting

Carol Kuniholm – Acorns, King, Beloved Community

Done With Religion – A New Year, A New Beginning

Kelly Stanley – A Blank Canvas

Glenn Hager – Overcoming The Biggest Obstacle To Reaching Your Goals

Dave Criddle – Get Some New Thinking

David Derbyshire – Changed Priorities Ahead

J A Carter – The Year of Reading Scripture for the First Time

Damon – New Beginnings: Consider These 5 Questions Before Tying The Knot

Jeffrey Kranz – Where To Start Reading The Bible

Joanna990 – On survival – my one word for 2014

K W Leslie – Atonement

Happy – my One Word 365 surprise

Michelle Moseley – Ends and Beginnings

Matthew Bryant – A New Creation

Liz Dyer – It’s a new year and time to make some new mistakes

Edwin Pastor Fedex Aldrich – Foreclosed: The beginning of a new dream

Jennifer Clark Tinker – Starting a New Year Presently

Loveday Anyim – New Year New Resolutions

Loveday Anyim – New Year Resolution Dreamers

Loveday Anyim – New Year Resolution Specialists

Loveday Anyin – New Year Resolution Planners and Achievers

Jeremy Myers – Publish Your Book with Redeeming Press

Amy Hetland – New Beginnings

Phil Lancaster – New Beginnings

Mallory Pickering – Something Old, Something New

Margaret Boelman – The Other Side of Grief