3 Words NOT to Use {10 Days of One Word} Day 7

We are almost finished with 10 Days of One Word! Can you believe it? We have three posts left – turning your One Word into action, other One Word resources, and the post where I’ll finally tell you my One Word. Today, though, we are going to talk about three words that you do NOT want to use. Today’s post will be relatively short and sweet.

10 Days of One Word 3 words not use1. Clutter

Have you ever paid attention to how much clutter can literally suck the life out of you? Now that I realized how it makes me feel, it drives me insane. I just wish I could learn to manage it better at a quicker pace. Recovering from a pack-rat mindset and a organization system that revolved around piles takes a while.

Some words to battle clutter – Neat. Clean. Order. Simple. Calm. Clear.

2. Busy

I’ve come to realize that I do not like busy. Busy means that I don’t have the flexibility of time when something unexpected comes up. I like flexibility, which mean you should, too. Ahem. Seriously though, if you are too busy to spend time with your family as a family, you are too busy in general. Make your family a priority, they won’t be there forever.

Words to fight the busy – Free. Available. Present. Here.

3. Hurry

Nothing stifles creativity like hurry. Nothing brings temper tantrums and behavior problems with kids like hurry. Yep, I know this. You couple my penchant for procrastination with my disdain for routine and you do not get anywhere on time. I’ve come to loathe this. Sprinkle on a little bit of kids mirroring my habits and I’m surprised I have any hair left on my head. So in summary, hurry = not good.

Words to slow down the hurry – Slow. Steady. Steadfast.

See? Short and sweet.

Tomorrow – Turn Your Word into Action. Check out the rest of the series.

Turning Your Goals Into Action

Last time I wrote about mind mapping out your goals. This time, we are going to take that map and make some plans. These plans are like the driving directions to your goals. It’s the route you plan on taking to get to your destination.


When you set your goals, you were sure to make them measurable and attainable, right? Because there is no point in setting goals that you can’t meet. Like me setting a goal to never eat chocolate again…that ain’t happening. So remember, be realistic with your goals. Yes, you want change, but you do not want to set yourself up for failure.

Now, take your mind map. Here’s mine, for reference:


Your main goal is front and center. What we want to focus on first is your very first set of branches or bubbles. In my map, they are purple with red bubbles: spiritual, hydration, supplemental, physical, environmental, and food.

Pick three to focus on first. I’m choosing spiritual, hydration, and food.

Break it down now. <–I amuse myself.

Set some goals that have to do with each focus for the month or so. I add the “or so” because, like me, you may have some goals that are going to take you several months to achieve (hello, learn to love exercise?!).

This is a good time to use the next set of bubbles (written in green and circled in teal on my map). Depending on how specific you got on your map, you may have already set your goals.

Here is the breakdown of my goals:


1. Memorize scripture – memorize Romans 14:12, Galatians 6:9, and 1 Corinthians 14:40 (these are from my list of scriptures to memorize for overcoming procrastination, by the way)

2. Pray – pray daily for God to give me a desire to accomplish my goals that outweighs my desire to stay the same


1. More h2o – drink at least two glasses of water for every cup of coffee, sweet tea, or anything non-water I drink (I’m going to track this in my food journal)


1. More veggies – find/create a meal routine that includes more veggies

2. Remove HFCS – read all labels when grocery shopping and buy no more items with HFCS in them

Reward yourself. Pick rewards that make sense. If you are quitting smoking, you don’t want to reward yourself with a cigarette. Get my point?

My reward will be a new book. And because I’m planning for success, I’m gonna be working on building my Swagbucks up to get another Amazon gift card.

Now, a gift for you. I made this little chart for you to print out to put your goals front and center, aka on the refrigerator. Just go to Flickr and download the original size (8.5″x11″):


Next time, we’ll talk about making the ONE change that you absolutely MUST do to succeed with your goals!

Home-Life Related One Words {10 Days of One Word}

10 Days of One Word home lifeAround the holidays people seem to really focus on family. Keep the relationships growing with a focus on your family this year. Or take the year to get your home better organized and get those projects finished.

1. Family

Use 2013 to grow relationships that may have been neglected in the past or simply focus on those most important to you. Children are only children for such a short time. Set a weekly or monthly family night/day. Plan (and take) your first family vacation. Simply take some time each day to hug your kids. Spend some time each day making out with your spouse. What?

2. Time

If you are someone who doesn’t need help with time management, please share your secrets to perfection. Seriously, guest post? If you are like me, time has a way of getting away from you. Purpose to work on that this year. Might I suggest some reading? I’m reading it now.

3. Simple

I am the queen of over-complicating things. Seriously. Aim to simplify your home and your life. Say no. Declutter. Organize what’s left. Find a rhythm that works for your life. Simplify your meal planning. Or make your meal time simple by starting to plan your meals.

4. Fun

I’m sure my kiddos would love if I chose this one. Maybe next year. Actually, my word is related to this, but you’ll have to wait to see what it is. Back to you, maybe you need more fun in your life. Maybe you don’t even remember what fun is like. If so, I’m so sorry. Find it again. It makes life more enjoyable. Laughter does this, too.

5. More

More family time. More time off. More laughter. More food. More moving. More dancing. More money. More…you get the idea.

6. Yes

Tell your kids yes. Say yes to fun. Say yes to new things and ideas. Say yes to real food. Stop finding excuses and say yes.

7. Better

We can always do better. Take steps to turn your bad habits into something better. There’s a saying that goes something like “Good, better, best. Don’t rest til your good is better and your better is best.” Sounds like a good way to be moving forward.

8. Routine

I’ve always viewed routine as stifling to my creative side. Well, that’s the excuse I’ve used to avoid routine like the plague. Learning to find the good in routine this year is part of my goals, resolutions, and such for the year. Find a routine that works for you this year. One that makes your life better.

9. Quiet

If you have kids, you may be laughing at me. I know I am. In all seriousness, teaching my children to value quiet became a priority when our little guy came along last February. Thankfully, they embraced this, although we have never had the daily quiet time I hear many homeschool mamas talk about. Well, not exactly anyways.

For a change of pace, we next look at a few words you DON’T want to use. Don’t miss any of the other posts in the series!

Action-Packed One Words {10 Days of One Word}

10 Days of One Word actionBut be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” – James 1:22-25 (emphasis mine)

I think it’s pretty clear that God doesn’t view sitting on our hind-quarters as a life well lived. Action is something I struggle with, to be honest. I’m the curl up on a couch with a good book, chat with friends for hours kind of girl. I’ve been working on this for a few years now. Which brings me to another reason I love One Word. I’ve found that it isn’t just a one year thing. I’m still finding ways that I’m changing, becoming more diligent, and doing new things. It is part of the process of God refining this miry clay of me. Enough of me.

Now I bring you today’s list of One Words. This list is a list of verbs – “a word used to describe an action, state, or occurrence. Today’s list is kind of long.

  1. Make
  2. Build
  3. Create
  4. Prepare
  5. Cook
  6. Move
  7. Walk
  8. Stir
  9. Progress
  10. Act
  11. Touch
  12. Heal
  13. Improve
  14. Help
  15. Abide
  16. Persist
  17. Obey
  18. Observe
  19. Accept
  20. Grow
  21. Cultivate
  22. Thrive
  23. Flourish
  24. Nurture
  25. Go
  26. Stretch
  27. Lead
  28. Give
  29. Commit
  30. Devote
  31. Dedicate
  32. Deliver
  33. Explore
  34. Consider
  35. Study
  36. Review
  37. Do
  38. Accomplish
  39. Achieve
  40. Behave
  41. Adjust
  42. Resolve
  43. Journey
  44. Drive
  45. Travel

Next, words inspired by home. Check out the rest of the series on the Overview post!

Personal Character One Words {10 Days of One Word}

10 Days of One Word personal character

Very often the whole point of resolutions or goals is to improve “me”. Creating a change in our personal lives now, impacts the rest of our lives indefinitely. When we stop procrastinating now, we are able to get more done from here on out. When we purpose to get all those little things we’ve been avoiding done now, we have them off our backs forever. It’s amazing how good it feels to get something you’ve been avoiding done, by the way. Not that I have lots of things that I avoid doing or anything…ahem. So. Onto some personal character words for you to consider.

1. New

“And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.” – Psalm 40:3-4

“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:22-23

2. Change

“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” – 2 Corinthians 3:18

3. Diligence

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.” – Proverbs 4:23-27

“But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the Lord charged you, to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.” – Joshua 22:5

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” – Hebrews 11:6

4. Contentment

“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Philippians 4:11

5. Mercy

“Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father is also merciful.” – Luke 6:36

6. Courage

“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” – Deuteronomy 31:6

7. Generous

“Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” – 1 Timothy 6:17-19

8. Gratitude

“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;” – Ephesians 5:20

“Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” – Colossians 2:7

9. Wait

“The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.” – Lamentations 3:25-26

Changing ourselves is impossible without the strength of our Lord (Philippians 4:13). May I encourage you to pick a verse that goes with your chosen word of the year to memorize. Then, when struggles come, repeat over and over in your head to overcome. I do this as I go to sleep at night now. I only have two verses memorize (pitiful, I know) so it’s pretty repetitive, but it works to keep my mind still focused on God.

Up next, Action-Packed One Words. See you Monday for those! Check out the rest of the series by visiting the Overview page!

God-Centered One Words, Part Two {10 Days of One Word}

10 Days of One Word God part 2

Another list of seven words centered around God to consider for your One Word.

1. Worship

“O Come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great Kind above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.” – Psalm 95:1-6

2. Deeper

“He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.” – Luke 6:48

“But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” – 1 Corinthians 2:10

3. Temple

“Know ye not that ye are teh temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” – 1 Corinthians 3:16-17

4. Hope

“But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.” – Psalm 71:14

5. Joy

“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” – Psalm 16:11

“For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” – Psalm 30:5

“Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.” – Psalm 51:12

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” – James 1:2-3

6. Love

“And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.” – Ephesians 5:2

7. Grace

“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my stength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

Tomorrow – Personal Character One Words

Check out the rest of the series in the Overview post.

God-Centered One Words {10 Days of One Word}

10 Days of One Word 2012 God part 1We could all stand to have a year with God as our focus. The first two posts of this series will focus on the Creator of all things. This is by no means all it takes to explain God. He is bigger than any one post, blog, book, or person can describe. This is just my attempt to bring glory to the One without whom, there would be no 2013 to conquer. So, with that, here is my first offering of One Words for you to consider for 2013.

1. Jesus

“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast to our profession.” – Hebrews 4:14

“Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” – 1 John 4:15

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6

2. Father

“But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.” – Isaiah 64:8

“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;” – 2 Corinthians 1:3

3. Faith

“Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.” – Matthew 9:29

“And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” – Matthew 17:20 See also – Luke 17:5-6

“And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.” – Mark 11:22

“To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.” – Acts 26:18

“Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” – Revelation 14:12

4. Praise

“Then believed they his words; they sang his praise.” – Psalm 106:12

“So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.” – Psalm 61:8

“When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.” – Psalm 42: 4-5

5. Thirst

“Oh God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see they power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.” – Psalm 63:1-3

“As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” – Psalm 42:1-2

6. Christ

“For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:6-8

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20

7. Might or Glory

“Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.” – Psalm 24:8-10

Tomorrow’s post will bring you seven more God-centered words to consider. Check out the whole series on the Overview post.

10 Days of One Word – What’s That?

10 Days of One Word 2012

Everyone knows that new year’s resolutions are widely-viewed as pointless because no one bothers keeping them. Goals are not viewed much better. It doesn’t really matter what everyone else thinks though. If you want to make resolutions, do it. If you want to set goals, do it. Just make sure you set yourself up for success. One way to do that is to focus your efforts. Enter One Word.

Three years ago, I thought I was being original and named 2010 the Year of Change. Apparently, lots of other people do this. Ah, well. Doesn’t really matter whose idea it was, what matters is it works for a lot of people. Kind of like setting goals and resolutions.

What I like about One Word:

  • it forces me to focus
  • it is simple
  • it sets a tone for the year
  • it works really well with goal-setting
  • it is flexible

So, ladies and gentlemen, this brings us to the very first “10 Days of” post series here at the Vicki Arnold blog. *cue fanfare*

Allow me to introduce the rest of the cast of posts:

You’re on pins and needles, right?! You should be. These posts will share ideas to inspire your One Word (notice how I’m assuming you’re picking one), scriptures to focus on, and definitions to help you dig deeper. And for good measure, we’ll be talking about how to USE your word to conquer 2013 however you see fit.

To get a feel for this, please check out my previous posts on naming your year:

Tomorrow, we start things off with part one of the God-centered One Word posts. See you then!