New Year’s Resolution – Extraordinary

Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 in foyer | 12 comments

I gave up making New Year’s Resolutions years ago.


I’d always start strong

…determining that my diet would be healthier

                                       …my closets would be organized

                                                  …my exercise would be consistent

…and, then somewhere about January the 7th, I’d begin to lose momentum.

And by the 14th I’d be done with the resolution and feel like a complete failure and vow to do better next year.


Then I tried a new approach.

Try one food challenge for the year…

…just to see if I actually had any will power at all. 🙂

Decorating with Dried Hydrangea

The first food challenge was no french fries for the year.

{mission accomplished}

The next year, no sweet tea for the year.

{harder, but mission accomplished}

Foyer @ DaisyMaeBelle

Pleased with my show of willpower…

…I decided to abandon the yearly “food challenge.”

Because at the end of the year, what did it really accomplish to not eat fries or not drink sweet tea for a year?

That’s when I ditched the whole notion of New Year’s Resolutions and instead began to adopt a “Word of the Year”

A word that would spur me on for an entire year.

Not a mission to be accomplished, but a theme to live by.

Foyer @ DaisyMaeBelle

The first year, the word was “CREATE”

That was the year I decided to stop just buying all of the supplies to make a project with…only to be found years later in the back of a closet…and sold at a yard sale.

But with the “Word of the Year” being CREATE…I’d actually make the project.

I found that it worked.

I had an entire year that I encouraged myself to CREATE!

Foyer @ DaisyMaeBelle

This year, the word is “EXTRAORDINARY!”

{stepping out of the ordinary}

If you follow me on Instagram,

you saw where I shared a picture a few weeks back that really spoke to me.

It said, “She turned her can’ts into CANS and her dreams into PLANS!

So there it is…


my 2014 Word of the Year!

Decorating with Dried Hydrangea

I have things that I really want to do but I always seem to make excuses for why I could never do them…

or never make the time

or never learn the skill

or think the idea is too big

or too expensive.

Excuses are ordinary.

I’m pushing for EXTRAORDINARY!

So this is the year.

Life to the full!

{which happens to be my 2010 “Word(s) of the Year”}


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  1. I like it! I don’t do resolutions either…just set myself up for failure when I did. 🙂 I haven’t decided on a word yet but I am doing a “Happiness Jar”. I posted about it in case you’re not familiar. Last year was horrid so I’m looking forward to a very positive, peaceful and fun 2014! Wishing thata for you too.


  2. I love that saying – have had it pinned a long time! I started turning my can’ts into cans after my mom died…realized life was too short to not follow my dreams or never do the things I had always wanted to try but was too timid to. I can say I’ve crossed off quite a few items on my list and realized a lifelong dream in the process! So here’s to being extraordinary in 2014! You can do it!

  3. i love that word- great choice!

  4. Excellent choice of word. Since I’ve been reading your blog I always thought you were an extraordinary person, lived your life that way. Of course we can all try to be better, we all fall and pick ourselves up. You just seemed to do a much better job than other’s I’ve read about or known. I admire you and your family quite alot.
    I have been contemplating my word, think it needs to be “PEACEFUL”. Learn not to let hubs get to me, he’s a big manipulator and meaner than a snake sometimes and it really gets to me which isn’t good for me. He’s not going to change and refuses to admit he does what he does so I have to learn to deal with his behavior more effectively. I’m usually a happy person. I am too prone to suggestion and manipulation by others, always have been. A friend in Mt used to tell me how gullible I am.
    Good luck in your quest to be “EXTRAORDINARY” and I’ll work on being “PEACEFUL”, OK?
    Darn those Sonic commercials. Another thing I want to be better about this year is not buying fattening goodies to tempt me late at night (or any time, who am I kidding?), lol. God bless you Melissa. I’ve so enjoyed getting to know you on your blog. Happy year.

  5. I am so glad to find your blog. Look forward to each one so much. You are such a talented lady. Wishing you and loved ones a Happy New Year. Love the way you create using things a lot of us have around. Keep them coming. Thank you.

  6. I so agree with you. It is not the giant leap that gets us to our goals it is the tiny steps. I have a tendency to procrastinate to this year is my year to “Just Do It”. If I fail that’s okay, it’s a lesson learned so then try something else.

  7. I gave up New Year’s resolutions years ago. I also no longer deny myself during Lent. Instead I focus on the positive. I now choose one thing to change about myself for both New Year’s and Lent. By making small positive changes slowly I actually stick to them.

  8. My word this year is “Know.” I love your exrtraordinary blog 🙂

  9. I think that is *extraordinary..pardon my spelling 🙂

  10. Extraordinary is a great word for the year! I haven’t done a word for the year but now you have me thinking about it!!

  11. I totally hear ya about resolutions!! I haven’t quite given up, but absolutely LOVE your idea about having a theme word to live by for the year!! I’m a busy mom of 8 and find myself every night getting down on myself because of feelings of “failure”. Thank you for your inspiration!

  12. Love the hydrangea’s I am in major missing flower mode right now. I could NEVER give up sweet tea for a week, much less a whole year. So impresed.

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