My One Word + a Jar – currently what I’m thinking about.

Last year for the New Year, I made no huge goals or resolutions. I wanted it to be mostly a lazy 2012, and I promised myself to make no excuses for who I am. My intentions were great; the outcome not so much.

I still believe in not making resolutions. I also still believe in the power of creating intention. Resolutions make us feel as though we need to solve a problem. Intentions, on the other hand, are the actions we plan on taking for one purpose or another.

For quite some time now, (probably a few months or more) I’ve been daydreaming and meditating on the words: Life Unprocessed. Coincidentally, as I was perusing my Google Reader a few days ago, I stumbled across Lindsay Cotter’s post, “One Word Weekend: No Resolutions.” I followed the links and read up on “my one word.”

I dropped: Life.

I kept: Unprocessed.

My One Word + a Jar

2013 will, without a doubt, be filled with so many new challenges and changes. You will hear about all of these, one by one. But throughout everything and anything I do in 2013, I will 110% pour my heart and soul into a life unprocessed. As my stories roll on, you’ll begin to understand more and more the meaning of unprocessed.


And the jar? I stole this idea from my dear friend Missy in Chicago. I gather she got it from someone who got it from Pinterest. Each day or moment throughout 2013 when I have something great happen – big, medium or small, I’ll scribble it down on paper, date it and throw it in my jar. At the end of 2013, I’ll take them all out and reflect on all the awesome that was 2013. (pssst….click HERE to learn how you, too, can make a jar like this.) What is a Happiness Jar? Quote

The truth is that 2012 brought so much heartache, but yet so much joy, so much to be thankful for and so many people to be thankful for. Looking back now, I wish I had a 2012 jar of “happy moments.”

Since jet pilots don’t have rearview mirrors, I’m looking forward to 2013.

Life unprocessed and tokens of happy moments are waiting.

How about you? Interested in taking the “my one-word” challenge or keeping a happy moments jar? 

I’d love to hear your one word in the comments below!


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  1. I love this! The idea originated from Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Love, Pray), started on her Facebook page and she calls is a Happiness Jar ( more here)

    I found an awesome antique Mason jar and I’ll be starting my notes at the beginning of the year.

    Wishing you all the best in 2013 with lots of great things to put in your jar!

  2. Amazing things are ahead in 2013, dear… can’t wait to read more about unprocessed 🙂

    And, I LOVE the jar idea… Nick and I are doing this in 2013!

  3. I love that word. I am already striving to eat more unprocessed foods this year. I love the idea of using that word for everything else in my life. Great word indeed!

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