IMG_5079Hope you are stepping into the New Year with a joyful heart.  Perhaps you read my last post about the one little word initiative as an alternative to resolutions.

I was feeling some pressure to find my word since the calendar flipped.  A friend suggested I simply select “be.”   Excellent idea, but I am feeling more bee.  I also felt like it was within my reach, but each time I leaned in to grasp it, the word slipped away.  Elusive, little pesky string of letters that it is.  For the record, it is not hen.  Perhaps that emerged as you looked at the photo above.  Although a year dedicated to building a coop and raising chickens is appealing.

IMG_5046 I considered my one little word as the clever, yet confusing… word.  You know… more writing and studying His word (the Bible).  But I hit the pause button on that; along with the suggested “be”.  Someday.

IMG_5072 Then, with little fanfare and while totally preoccupied in the middle of a restaurant, I tuned into a song playing via the speaker above my table.  Of course, my word was delivered on the silver platter of a song!  It had been making appearances everywhere, but it wasn’t until I heard it, that I claimed it.  Riding on those lyrics, I knew it as sure as the sun will rise.

IMG_5060The contemplating ended in that moment.

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IMG_4967Did you discover your word!? I am sitting here patiently waiting to hear from you!!!

Please share your word in the comments.  I would love, love, love to hear from you.

Without further ado…my 2015 word!

IMG_5107It is already propelling these mantras!

Unleash your Joy

Choose Joy

Scatter Joy

Jump for Joy

Find Joy in the Ordinary

 IMG_5334In case you are wondering about the song that sealed the deal, it was “Overjoyed” by Matchbox Twenty.

* Spillover II was created by one of the most talented public artists, Jaume Plensa, best known for his interactive “Crown Fountain” in Chicago’s Millennium Park.  Spillover II is 8-foot-tall and was created entirely with stainless steel letters.  It sits overlooking Lake Michigan in Shorewood, Wisconsin.  I shot these photos on 1.1.2015.

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After claiming my word, I found joy in a bag of caramel popcorn and as the lone visitor to the “Crown Fountain.”

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I hope you join me on the one little word journey (full credit to Ali Edwards who pioneered the idea!).

Happy, Joyful

New Year!