One Word 2015: Mindfulness

mind·ful·ness, noun
  1. the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
  2. a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

This year I am choosing one word to guide my actions and focus in 2015. If this is something you are interested in doing, check out #oneword2015 on Twitter and join me in Sam Davidson‘s challenge to come up with one focus word for the year. 2014 put me at a crossroads in some ways, and 2015 will be the first year in a very long time (20+ years) that I am not in school for any part of the year. The timing is right to be more mindful.

Mindfulness image

“It all begins and ends in your mind. What you give power to has power over you”

During this year of mindfulness, I will:

Be non-judging
Practice moment by moment awareness and acceptance
Grow with my faith
Care more; worry less
Be patient
Pay more attention to what is happening here and now, not necessarily what is wrong or right, good or bad
Have a beginner’s mind
Approach everyday things with curiosity and savor them
Trust others
Forgive mistakes – big or small
Be generous
Show gratitude for good moments and grace for bad ones
Practice compassion
Make peace with imperfection
Embrace vulnerability by trusting others (and myself)
Accept and appreciate that things come and go
Let go
Reduce stress
Strengthen my mind, body, & soul
Re-evaluate my priorities
Realize and experience the good in me and what’s around me.
Acknowledge the bad and be wise enough to know whether or not it’s worth worrying about
Spend more time with friends, less time on my phone doing stupid things
Be present when it matters
Say what I mean, mean what I say
Care more & worry less
Do more good
Be intentional with the people I care about
Love well, live well, and realize a life more abundant is not about abundance of things but of life

Have you chosen one word for 2015? If so, please share in the comments and join Sam’s One Word Group. Cheers to 2015!


PS – This blog post I found on Twitter helped guide my thinking about mindfulness and what it would mean for me this year.

My new home – Greensboro, NC

What have I been up to this summer? I moved to the most beautiful one bedroom apartment in downtown Greensboro! I found a place to live in the College Hill neighborhood. It’s an old mill, built in 1893, and my one-bedroom apartment has four interior brick walls. Check it out:

Apartment photo

Apartment photo 2

Apartment Photo 3

Bathroom 1


Bedroom 2

I tried to be a minimalist with decorations because the place is gorgeous on its own. If you know me, that was a struggle! So…I will be hosting a yard sale in a few weeks to try to get rid of some of the stuff that did not fit. The bedroom has two closets; it really is the perfect place for me! There are still things to add: a bookshelf and maybe some more pictures on the walls. Check out the Pinterest Board I used for inspiration. What do you think? What else would you add?


Job News

Today was a very exciting day as I started my first professional job post-graduation!

Start each day with a grateful heart[photo credit]

I am a new member of the University Advancement team at Elon University. As Coordinator of Annual Giving I will work with the senior class gift campaign and volunteers for class reunions. All spring I searched for an opportunity that would provide opportunities for me to focus on student philanthropy and fundraising from young alumni. This is an exciting position that includes both of those topics! I can already tell it’s going to be a great place to work.

Last fall, I took a class on job searching in student affairs and higher education. The class helped me start thinking about my search and somewhat prepared me for the intense job search and interview process in higher education! More to come on that in a future blog post.

Remembering to start each day with a grateful heart. Thanks for reading!