One Word 2016: Discipline

faith life Feb 01, 2016

oneword discipline

It's February 1st and I'm finally sitting down to write my one word and some dreams and goals for the year. And you know what, I'm totally okay with that. Sure, most of you did this a month ago, but not me. One month ago I was sitting on a white sand beach in Turks and Caicos without a care in the world. The thought crossed my mind several times but I really just wanted to enjoy my vacation to the fullest and not work. It was the first vacation I've taken in years without feeling like I "needed" to get something done. And wouldn't you know, the world kept spinning!

When we returned from our dream vacation (thanks to my parents and grandparents) it was time to jump back into life. School, laundry, cleaning, orders, designing, the list goes on. Then hubby and I celebrated our 19th anniversary with a little getaway to Laguna beach. Next thing you know, it's February!

So February is my January and I really am super excited about it. In fact, I think I might do this from now on. January is stressful. Everyone's trying to sell you some great way to set goals and get healthy. It can all be overwhelming and cause you to make rash decisions on goals you really don't intend to keep. Instead, I had the month of January to really think about what will be best for myself, my family, and my business.

What I realized as I spent time considering my One Word and what I wanted this year to look like, was that I wasn't disciplined in the little things. The little things that, when combined, make up some pretty big things. I used to be pretty good at these little things but as life has taken on so many new adventures and responsibilities I've let them slide.

When I first wrote my book, The Simplicity Project, I was getting down to the nitty gritty. I was purging our lives of all the things that didn't matter so I could focus on the things that did. Discipline, simplicity, and routine had become the norm. Then, the Purposeful Planner came along and flipped our world upside down, inside out, and every way in between.

It has been a wild ride and I wouldn't change a thing. But now it's time to take it all seriously and do a little refining. It's time for some discipline.

One Word


behavior in accord with rules of conduct; behavior and order maintained by training and control

Some of the definitions for the word discipline include pretty harsh words like rules, drill, and punishment but I have a God who gives me more grace than that and that's what I'll give myself as well.

I want my life to reflect Jesus. I want my life to have peace and purpose. I want others to be inspired to not just hustle their brains out but to actually focus on what they were born for and be disciplined to fulfill that. I can only be an example of peace and purpose if I start to discipline myself in some areas.

I'm starting small and taking it serious. I'm focusing on some key areas and laying it all out here for you to see. Because I want YOU to hold me accountable. Plus, putting it out there kind of already does hold me accountable. I'll be focusing on four key areas (the same ones I outline in The Simplicity Project).


  • Working out 4-5 times a week (for the most part I already do this but I've been letting little things like wanting to stay in my pajamas all morning get in the way far too often).
  • Drink 8 glasses of water a day.
  • Eat cleaner, drink less.


  • Spend 15 minutes a day tidying and organizing.
  • Light my expensive candles and create a space that is comforting for my husband and kids.


  • Stick to our new budget!
  • Save more.


  • Schedule me time. - I used to be better at actually writing these things on my planner. They actually get done when I do. So I will be scheduling my quiet time, workouts, reading, manicures...all of it.
  • Schedule work hours and stick to them. Clocking out at a certain time every day so I can be fully wife, fully mom.
  • No more working on Sundays. Ever. - I used to believe the lie that I'm on call 24/7. It's somewhat true because I own a business that operates 24/7. But I've learned to let it go. Not even going to check emails on Sunday because there's no situation that can't wait till Monday morning. I've already been doing this and it's been so lovely to just have Sunday be a chill day with the family. Church, food, football, movies...sounds good to me!

With the help of my planner, calendar, and some sticky notes, I'm hoping to slay this year. I even wrote out  small morning and evening routines on sticky notes to remind me of simple things that always slip my mind. For instance, I HATE washing my face. Even though I have the simplest method that works like a charm, I still hate it. So now, there's a sticky note on my mirror that tells me to do it.

I'm so excited to see who I have become at the end of this year. How about you?

What's your word for this year?

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