My Word for 2014

 This year I choose this as my word:


That’s it.  I’m not putting any grand expectations on myself for 2014.  No resolutions I can’t live up to.  Just one word to help me focus for the next year.  It’s a simple word that I will repeat over and over like my mantra.  Simplify.  Simplify.  Simplify.

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Simplify family life.  More quality time together.  Being less busy.  More paying attention to my family, my littles.  Because I’ve blinked and they’ve grown up on me.  This is time with them I can’t get back.  So we’re going to love each other, more simply with less distraction.

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Simplify in work.  More home, less work.  Going forward, I am saying no more often.  It’s ok to say no.  Do more of what I love.

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Simplify at home.  Get organized.  As a family…I’m enlisting the help of my littles this year.  Home is a group effort.

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Simplify our free time.  Get back to basics.  Get outdoors.  Read more books.  See more movies.

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Just simplify.  I want to remember what it feels like to sit down and not be thinking of a million things I ‘should’ be doing.  No more iPhone in my hand until 10 at night.  I’m going to read a book again instead.  No more self inflicted busyness…I’m going to be very choosy about what takes me away from my family and from simplification.

Simplify.  And I’m looking forward to it…starting now.

Because this, this is what’s important.


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Do you have a word for 2014?  Share your word in the comments…I would love to know what you are focusing on for the new year!


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  • Reply Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG January 2, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Great word – SIMPLIFY – it’s something that I’ve been trying to do in my home too – it’s hard to pick just one word not knowing what the year will bring – here’s hoping all your dreams come true in 2014!

    • Reply Jo-Anna January 3, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      Thank you Cheryl! It really is hard to pick one word, but this one kept coming up so I knew I could stick with it! Happy 2014 to you!

  • Reply Inspire Me Heather January 2, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    What a great word and a lovely photo of you with your family! All the best for a more simpler year – enjoy!!

    • Reply Jo-Anna January 3, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      Thank you Heather! I hope you have a fantastic 2014!

  • Reply Amanda @ The Mommy Mix January 2, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    I just finished writing my Resolutions last night and I will be posting later on today but now that I have seen yours I’m thinking that mine sounds like so much work 🙂 Maybe I should simplify it…

    • Reply Jo-Anna January 3, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      Hi Amanda! I just read your resolutions and I think they’re great…they’re all achievable…just getting back to basics and what you love! Happy 2014 to you!

  • Reply Brandi January 2, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    One of my goals is also to simplify this year. I started doing it later in the year last year and it makes life so much easier 🙂 My word for 2014 is relax. We had such a hectic 2013 at times and I want to “relax” more in 2014 🙂

    • Reply Jo-Anna January 3, 2014 at 11:44 AM

      I love your word…I could use some relaxation too! Hectic is not fun! Best of luck in 2014!!

  • Reply Shannon January 2, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Funny how we all seem to be in the same spot. I am focusing on being more family focused. More family trips and adventures, family meals, family game night… everything else will have to wait or will fall into place.
    Happy New Year!

    • Reply Jo-Anna January 3, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      Love this Shannon! Focus is a big one for me too…focusing on what matters! And YES to family time!! Happy New Year to you!

  • Reply Virginia Fynes January 2, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Oh my, you took the word right out of my mouth! That is exactly what I have to do in 2014, get back to life, simplify everything, especially routines

    • Reply Jo-Anna January 3, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      Exactly! Routine is our friend!!! Happy New Year Virginia!

  • Reply Sheila Zeller January 2, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    I am SO on board with your word, ‘simplify’! I get it!! My word is ‘doing’. I want to spend more time ‘doing’ the things I ‘think’ and ‘talk’ about doing, and my end goal is to have a better daily rhythm established as a result. Putting the iPhone down and picking up a book is one of the things at the top of my ‘to do’ list!!! Happy New Year, and happy simplifying!!

    • Reply Jo-Anna January 3, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      Great word Sheila! My word last year was DO, so I know exactly what you mean. Don’t just think about it, do it! Best wishes to you!

  • Reply Bette @ Somerset Lane January 2, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    That is my word too! I’ve been inching towards simplifying for the past couple of months but I think now I will work towards it more. Happy New Year Jo-Anna! Bette

    • Reply Jo-Anna January 3, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      Love that Bette! Simplifying just feels good doesn’t it! Happy New Year to you!

  • Reply Elizabeth January 2, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Happy New Year Jo-Anna ! Love your word this year; it’s a goodie ! 🙂
    My word is “Be”; just be in the moment. Try not to let my mind race with the on-going lists of things to do.
    Here’s to a great year,

    • Reply Jo-Anna January 3, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      Happy New Year to you Elizabeth! Love your word too…it’s so important to just BE, isn’t it? It’s hard to remember to do that sometimes…I need to work on that as well!

  • Reply Jean Williams January 2, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    “Simplify” – I like it! it’s the simple things in life that make most of us happy.

    • Reply Jo-Anna January 3, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      It really is the simple things that make us happy! I know for me that is so true! Happy 2014 Jean!

  • Reply Tricia Kolsto January 2, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    My word for 2014 is CHANGE – change my spending habits, change my eating and exercising habits, change our food waste habits and just working on making positive, healthy changes!


    • Reply Jo-Anna January 3, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      Great word! You can do it! Happy 2014 to you Tricia!

  • Reply Shauna January 2, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Yes, this is a great word for 2014 and always! Take it from me, they do grow up way to fast. ENJOY the simple things because they are actually what’s important. Can’t wait to follow your journey this year!

    • Reply Jo-Anna January 3, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      Thanks Shauna! I still can’t believe you have a son in college…you look like you could be in college yourself! 🙂 Happy New Year to you! Can’t wait to see what you will be up to this year!

  • Reply Dani @ lifeovereasy January 3, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Great word – love it! Happy 2014!

    • Reply Jo-Anna January 3, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      Thanks Dani! Happy 2014 to you too!

  • Reply natalie aka hungryhippie January 3, 2014 at 3:42 AM

    GREAT word–I’ll use this too as my new mantra, along with Kellie Robertson’s word of the year- “trust”. Enjoy all your tutorials, recipes, photos, and tips, as always. Can’t wait to see what’s up your sleeve for 2014. Cheers!

    • Reply Jo-Anna January 3, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      Thanks Natalie! I love your word too…I hope you have a wonderful 2014!

  • Reply ilene @muchloveilly January 3, 2014 at 6:40 AM

    so so so good! love the word you picked out. 🙂 i think that is something i feel everytime the new year rolls around. so much stuff – mentally, emotionally, and physically. time to get rid of the clutter and start anew!

    bring it, 2014! 🙂

    • Reply Jo-Anna January 3, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      That is so true…the new year feels like a fresh start, and a way to let go of so much stuff. Simplify simplify simplify! Bring on 2014 is right!!

  • Reply Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate January 3, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    I like this word, good choice! I should probably add it to my mantra as well!

    • Reply Jo-Anna January 3, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      Thanks Mallory! I really really need to simplify…I am going to repeat this to myself several times a day until I get it, haha! Happy New Year!

  • Reply Emily January 3, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    I didn’t pick a word, but we could all use a lil simplifying!! Super cute blog and love the familly photo at the bottom of the post!

    • Reply Jo-Anna January 3, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      Thank you Emily! Happy New Year to you!

  • Reply Lori January 3, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    My word is UP! For so many reasons. But you already know that (now) baa haa! I LOVE that family photo…I need a copy of that goody. Indeed it for Project Life because you are such a big part of it. Xoxo

    • Reply Jo-Anna January 4, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      LOVE it! And I can’t believe I missed that on IG! Miss you friend! xoxo

  • Reply noni January 4, 2014 at 5:27 AM

    stopping by from making it count link up….this is so good. I choosed the same word and I loved also reading what you think about that topic. it was a great affirmation, much blessings for 2014, greetings from far Germany, noni

    • Reply Jo-Anna January 4, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      Thank you Noni! It really is such a great way to focus on what matters isn’t it! Happy New Year!

  • Reply becky {thechickhouse} January 4, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    i hear ya girl! simplify. it goes along with my word(s), “be present.” turn the tv off, pull out the boards game, listen to what those precious kids have to say. good luck in 2014!

    • Reply Jo-Anna January 4, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      Be present is SO great! I need to be that way more too! Best of luck to you!

  • Reply Tawnya January 4, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Although this was not my word, you took the words out of my mouth !! Happy 2014!

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