What is your word of the year for 2020?
Have you picked your word of the year for 2020? A word of the year can help you focus on what is important and reach your goals. This year I chose the word FOCUS. I thought it was a great word because the year 2020 is a good year to focus on focus. A year to have 2020 vision.
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2019 Word of the Year
Last year, I chose the word Encouragement, but then my dad became terminally ill with cancer in January and died two short weeks later. My world was turned upside down. You can read about how we dealt with grief on the farm. As it turned out, I was the one who ended up needing a lot of encouragement. I am so thankful for the family and friends who came alongside our family and walked with us during that difficult time.
2019 continued to be a difficult and challenging year with the near-death of a dear friend and the sudden death of another family friend. It ended up being the year of grief, but God is faithful. He carried us through it. His compassion and mercies are abundant in our lives.
I am hoping and praying that this year will be a happier year, although I am sure we will have our trials. But we can continue to trust the Lord as His word says, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.
What to Focus on in 2020
There are 4 main areas that I would like to focus on in 2020. These areas are Faith, Family, Homeschool and Farming.
Word of the year – Focus on Faith
Focusing on faith is always one of my top goals each year. When I have consistent personal devotions I am more thankful, a better wife and mom and more surrendered to God’s plan for my life. The “It’s Personal Journal” is a wonderful way to develop a consistent quiet time. You can read more about the journal and how to improve your devotional time with it.
Our family is also focusing on having more consistent family devotions. Our pastor challenged the families of our church to use Daily Strength Volume 1 as a family devotional. He challenged us to memorize some of the scripture, and sing suggested songs in the book. So far we are really enjoying the devotional. It has short devotionals each day that is not overwhelming for children. Even though each day is short, there are some deep thinking questions for both children and adults. We are enjoying developing a better daily devotional habit together as a family.
WORD OF THE YEAR – FOCUS ON Family
My second focus of the year goes along with our focus on faith. Focus number two is focusing on family time. This focus includes both the quality and quantity of time. Developing the habit of family devotions helps us to spend quality time together. Since we farm together and we homeschool, we spend a large quantity of time together. But there is one major obstacle in focusing on the Family. Can you guess what it is? Technology and Screentime.
I admit that I spend way too much time on social media. My kids like to play games on the iPad and my husband likes to keep up with current events and look at craigslist. There are some other things we are doing as a family to curve the technology obstacle.
- The children and I are doing a reading challenge. Stay tuned for an upcoming post with free printable coming very soon. In the meantime, when you sign up for my newsletter below, I will send you a free book log to track all the books you and your kids read this year.
- Listen to audiobooks as a family. If you read my blog, you know that I love audiobooks. You can read more about how we slay screentime with audiobooks and different audiobook gift ideas for your children.
- Take some more day trips to visit friends and family. It is almost impossible to leave the farm overnight due to having to care for the animals.
- Working on home and farm building projects. We have no shortage of projects around the farm. Now that our kids are getting older, they are a huge help to both my husband and me.
- Continue serving as a family in a nursing home ministry.
WORD OF THE YEAR – FOCUS ON Homeschool
Again, focusing on homeschool goes along with both faith and family. You can read about the many advantages of homeschooling on the farm. What I really need to focus on is sticking to our schedule and not letting life get in the way of school. It is easy to start working on the farm and half the day is gone before you know it. Homeschool needs to be our highest priority right behind our faith.
I am excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the Homeschool Review Crew and I will be sharing reviews of various homeschool materials. We are really looking forward to exploring various, high-quality curriculum and sharing our experiences with you.
WORD OF THE YEAR – FOCUS ON Farming
Whether I like it or not, we will be focusing on the Farm. We didn’t buy many bottle calves last summer, but we sold our bottle calves from the previous year and it turned out to be quite profitable. I am hoping we can raise quite a few bottle calves this year.
I am also hoping to expand my meat chicken operation and maybe even sell at the local farmers market along with some garden produce. However, this is a lofty goal and I will not be able to do it unless my children are on board to help me. I look at it as another opportunity to focus on family time.
There are many other areas that I would like to focus on, but if I add many more, I will lose focus and be a squirrel.
What about you?
What would you like to focus on in 2020?
Do you have a word of the year?
If not, I highly recommend choosing a word of the year. Share it in the comments below.