Themes are on my mind lately. We’re working on getting things ready for our ward theme in Young Womens (can’t wait to show that one at the end of February!). Em and I started a BAM! (Bust a Move!) theme for Pisntrosity for 2014. My mom’s theme for 2014 is “The Year of Bling” (to counteract 2013’s year of blech). I decided I wanted a theme for myself for the year too, but I have had a hard time coming up with something. I’ve been going through my quotes I’ve collected, scriptures I’ve marked, things I’ve pinned to my Motivation
Pinterest boards, and I think tonight I’ve finally hit on it.
First though, let’s see if you catch on (it really won’t be that hard). I’ll show you some of the Pinterest pins that stuck out to me as I’ve thought on this:
I spent so much of last year angry, afraid, stressed, upset, and pessimistic. I didn’t handle pregnancy very well mentally and emotionally. I nearly lost my mom. I felt a
little lot lost and unsure. I focused on everything negative. I’ve battled depression my whole life. But, now, for the first time in years, I feel at peace with life. Yes, there are down times, frustrations, and worries still, but those won’t ever go away in life. I am ready to find joy. I am ready to spread joy. I’m ready to choose joy.
After I’d already made the decision that Joy will by my 2014 theme, I found this post
about Lauren, from IamTHATLady.com, and her 2014 theme…which is also Joy!
That post led me to yet another post
about choosing one word for each year. It was perfect! They suggest to prayerfully select the word for the year, and then to get a notebook that is dedicated solely to that word. As you find quotes, scriptures, talks, conversation tidbits, etc., that fit your theme, add it to your notebook, along with your own thoughts. I’m picking me up my Joy Journal tomorrow when I go into town; I’m pretty excited about this.
When I switched this blog over to my “writing blog”, I almost changed the name. I got the title from one of my favorite songs we sang in choir at EAC, and while I love the line, it seemed a little corny and odd for a writing blog, but I just left it and figured I’d get to that later. Now, it feels very fitting. It’s time for my soul to reawaken. “Awake, awake! Awake, Awake! Awake my soul and sing, the time for praise has come. The silence of the night has passed, a new day has begun! Let music never die in me; forever let my spirit sing! Wherever emptiness is found let there be joy and glorious sound.”
“I dreamed a dream, a silent dream of a land not far away where no bird sang, no steeples rang, and teardrops fell like rain. I dreamed a dream; a silent dream. I dreamed a dream of a land so filled with pride that every song, both weak and strong, withered and died. I dreamed a dream No hallelujah; not one hosanna! No song of love, no lullaby. And no choir sang to change the world. No pipers played, no dancers twirled. I dreamed a dream; a silent dream. Awake, awake! Awake, Awake! Awake my soul and sing, the time for praise has come. The silence of the night has passed, a new day has begun! Let music never die in me; forever let my spirit sing! Wherever emptiness is found let there be joy and glorious sound. Let music never die in me; forever let my spirit sing! Let all our voices join as one to praise the giver of the sun! Awake, awake! Let music live!” -The Awakening, by Joseph M. Martin
2014 is my year of Joy.
Do you have a yearly theme? If you had to pick one word to focus on for the year, what would you pick?