Hi y’all! I’ve had this blog for over a year now. For those of you who have been following me, you probably are thinking, “Claire, you’re back at it again?!”. I think I have done quite a few “Grand Reopening”‘s of my blog, but I’m promising that this time… I’m here to STAY!
Thank you to those who have been sticking with me on my journey and those who have been encouraging me to get back into this blogging thing. I would have to say, being a blogger is a life dream of mine and I can’t become one if I don’t start up again… so thus HERE I AM!
Enough of this welcome back talk. Let me get down to business. Now that it’s January 26 (Happy Birthday shout-out to my cousin Nancy Cate!!!!), I’ve had time to reflect and really think about my word of the year.
If you couldn’t already tell by the title of my blogpost, my word of the year is CLEAN.
For those who know me really well, you might think I’m crazy for making this my word of the year, but let me explain myself and you’ll see! Maybe you will want CLEAN to be your word of the year too 🙂
Google provides two definitions of clean and they fit in perfectly to what I want this year to be:
1.) Clean: free from dirt, marks, or stains
2.) Clean: morally uncontaminated; pure; innocent
For this year and hopefully years to come, I’m striving to fill my body, soul, and home with CLEAN.
I want to have a CLEAN body, filling it with whole, rich foods. So far, I’ve become very passionate about taking artificial sugar and processed foods out of my life. They mark the inside of my body, making me feel sluggish and bleh. They stain the outside of my body, making me feel bloated and a face of painful acne! To have a CLEAN body, I’m striving to find, create, & make recipes that give my body the energy that I need to make me feel good. I have loved following clean eating bloggers and have enjoyed experimenting with new products and my own food creations.
Further, to have CLEAN body, I’ve been regularly working out and training for my first half-marathon. I’ll tell ya, there’s no better feeling than setting a goal and achieving it. Never in my life would I have imagined myself running over 9 miles!!! But with determination, a CLEAN soul–which I’ll talk about later–and the best support system (S/O to Joel for pushing me & my dad who was a famous HS runner), I’m doing it.
I want to have a CLEAN soul and only supply my heart&mind with good, pure thoughts. LET ME MAKE THIS CLEAR… I DON’T HAVE A DIRTY MIND LOLOLOLOL. Instead, in the past, I’ve noticed I’m super hard on myself and fill my mind with negative self-talk. I used to constantly stain and contaminate my mind with discouraging words about how I looked, my skill set, and my worth. This year I’m only filling my mind with CLEAN thoughts: thoughts full of faith and encouragement.
I’ve been reading the Bible more & reflecting on God’s word. I also am in the process of not being so hard on myself–this is definitely a work in progress. I am fueling my life with activities that spark a CLEAN mindset like reading (my goal is to read 55 books this year) , listening to podcasts (OMG SCRUBBING IN WITH BECCA TILEY & TANYA RAD IS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS THAT HAS HAPPENED TO ME), lighting more candles lol, crafting, running, and continuing this blog.
Lastly, I want to have a CLEAN life. This one is a little bit more literal. I am a pretty organized person but I feel like I can do better in the actual cleaning aspect of my life. At the start of the year, I created a schedule of when I have to clean things: how often I should wash my sheets, wipe bathroom counters, vacuum, flip my mattress, clean my closet, reorganize the basement, etc. There’s a lot you have to do!!!!! Checklists and schedules are my best friends, so I made this in order to make my home CLEAN. Since this is the year I’ll be off living in my own apartment (yay for marrying Joel!!!!!! But I’ll miss my forever roomie Pat Donahue), I thought I need to be more serious in how I keep up around the house!
This also means I need to declutter my life and get rid of things that don’t spark joy… AND TAKE UP UNNECESSARY SPACE LOL.
I definitely believe that when you put things out there–for others to see–it makes you more accountable, so thank you for reading about my goal! I’m looking forward to making a “Vision Board” (@tanyarad) soon to make my dreams come to life. Here’s to making 2020 a year free from the dirt and negativity of the world, free from the harsh marks & stains that others and yourself can force upon you, and free from the contaminated thoughts, feelings, people, and foods that want to bring you down. HERE’s to a year full of joy, purity, and goodness. Sooooo, who is with me on making CLEAN their 2020 goal???
Thank you for following along in my journey 💓 I’m SO looking forward to sending my updates and being more present.
Miss DeCLAIREing Happiness