Present in 2015

While I’ve set some goals for the New Year, I haven’t made any traditional resolutions, and I didn’t the last few years either. Instead, I’ve chosen a focus word to keep in mind. In the past, those words have been resolve, acceptance, and stoicism. I think I’ve done a decent job of making them a part of my daily attitude and behavior.  

I’ve put a lot of thought into my 2015 focus word, and I’ve come up with…
I want to concentrate more on enjoying and appreciating moments as I experience them. I want to minimize stress and worry and distractions. I want to delight in what’s happening now, not stew about what happened yesterday, or brood about what might happen tomorrow.

So, PRESENT. That’s me in 2015. 

Do you have a focus word for the New Year? 


16 thoughts on “Present in 2015

  1. Lindsey Bouchard says:

    I chose this same word for myself two years ago and it has stuck. I still slip into old habits every now and again, but it truly changed my focus. Especially where the girls and my time with them is concerned. Great word!

    • Katy Upperman says:

      Family is my main reason for choosing *present* this year, Lindsey. I often feel like I’m rushing forward, trying to get a million things done, and not taking the time absorb the wonderful NOW. Makes me so sad later on! It’s encouraging to hear that you’ve been able to continue being present, even after a few years. I’m hoping I can do the same!

  2. Jaime Morrow says:

    Great word for 2015, Katy!
    I have a tendency to stew, dwell, brood, whatever about things that have happened and things that have not yet happened. (And may not ever happen!) I think being present is so important, and I’m going to try to adopt this as well. Hope it’s a wonderful year for you!

    • Katy Upperman says:

      Best of luck staying in the present, Jaime. I suspect it will be an uphill battle for me to truly embrace this word, but I’m hoping it’ll be worth it in the end.

  3. Alison Miller says:

    I LOVE your focus word and would steal it if I didn’t already have my word. Will share Monday! And good luck!

  4. Erin Funk says:

    Awesome word choice, Katy! It’s one that’s been on my mind a lot lately too. I think it’s so easy to worry about the past and the future and to forget to just take a breath and enjoy what’s happening right now. Good luck living by this one word mantra in 2015! 🙂

  5. Rebecca says:

    I love your word for 2015. Too often, we get caught up and stop being present, so I think it’s such a great choice! Wishing a fabulous year of present-ness, good books and enjoying the little moments!

  6. Elodie says:

    I think it will be my word too…I hear you on stressing about the future and not letting go of the past. Being in the present is oh so important & I don’t want to look back and think I should have enjoyed the moment more instead of letting my mind wander.
    Wishing you LOTS of present-ness and lots of moments to enjoy ❤

    • Katy Upperman says:

      That’s where my head’s at too, Elodie. Too often, I look back at great moments and realize I didn’t spend enough time enjoying them as they happened because I was too preoccupied with things that were trivial. Best of luck appreciating the present in the coming year!

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