Friendship Friday – One Small Step

Friendship Friday at Create With Joy

Welcome to Friendship Friday – a week-long event where you can:

  • Share what’s unique about you and your blog!
  • Foster friendships with other bloggers!
  • Expand your social media networks!

Each week, I’ll provide a Question/Theme to ignite your creativity! To participate, simply share your response in a Friendship Friday post or in the comments! Be sure to add the Friendship Friday button to your site/post so that others can join the fun!

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Have fun – building friendships is what this community is all about! For more opportunities to create and connect, join us for Inspire Me Monday and Wordless Wednesday!

This Week’s Theme
One Small Step

The New Year is in full swing!
Over the past few weeks we have identified our
One Word and a few Resolutions that will help us to
Keep our goals and priorities in the forefront of our minds.

Now its time to focus on putting these plans into action.

Change occurs when you take small steps towards your goals
Consistently time and time again.

This week, I invite you to share some of the
Small steps you are taking that will help you
Accomplish your goals!

My Response – One Small Step

A few weeks ago, I shared at Friendship Friday – Resolutions
That one of my goals for the New Year was to focus on
Improving my health and fitness levels.

Here are a few Small Steps I’ve taken that I hope will
Result in Big Gains over time!

New Years Resolution Reading Challenge

I moved from a one-story to a tri-level home
To increase my daily activity level.
I started walking several times a week.
I got a pair of new fitness shoes.
I joined a New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge!
I’m reading four books in January that will support me in my goals!

Now it’s your turn to share!
What Small Steps are you taking to ensure that
2013 is your best year ever?

One Word 2013 Blog Hop

One Word 2013 - Journey

Have you chosen One Word as your theme for 2013?
Be sure to share it at our One Word 2013 Blog Hop!
This inspiring party is open during the entire month of January!

Friendship Friday #50 – One Small Step

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  1. Loy says:

    Good luck with your reading challenge! It sounds like a very worthy one. Currently I am taking a dog walking challenge that will, hopefully, help get me into better shape. Thanks for hosting Friendship Friday!

  2. Pamela says:

    I’m riding an exercise bike. There’s no walking outside here. I have a goal of reading 50 books this year and riding the bike is the perfect time to get in some extra reading.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Pamela, I commend you on both of your goals and your steps! An exercise bike is a fabulous way to get exercise year round – and reading while your ride is a fabulous use of your time!

      I will be sharing more reading challenges as I have time – perhaps you’ll join me on a few! 🙂

  3. Deb @ Raising Figure Skaters
    Twitter: RaisingSkaters

    I’m finally working on getting my eBook and products out. I love 30-day challenges, so I’m doing a minimum of 15 minutes a day, 30 days at a time.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Deb, I love challenges too and I commend you on using them as a way to complete your eBook and launch your new products – I look forward to hearing all about them in the New Year!

  4. Beth says:

    4 books in a month! Awesome…..Sound like large baby steps! Im impressed….
    I love the steps for exercise. Im working on steps slowly. Hubby and I have spoken about me attempting some good exercise to build the ankle up. So back to the gym we will be heading and not just the pool. Which is what I have been doing. I love that this helps hold me accountable to my attempts at 2013’s success. Baby steps everyday towards a more successful year head.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Sounds fabulous Beth! One thing that is great about baby steps is the smaller the change, the more likely you are to be able to do it consistently – and the more you do something consistently, the more likely it is to become habit and thus a part of your life!

      Look forward to hearing about your baby steps and your big successes throughout the year!

  5. self
    Twitter: selfsagacity

    I am working on my spiritual / faith. I have been a lost sheep for a while. I started slow last year and still going. I am hoping that with every little step, I will build a great foundation so that I will never get lost again. Good for you that you’re working on your health! I should too, it is one of my many goals…

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Sounds awesome Amanda! There are a number of resources here and a number of wonderful bloggers (particularly on Inspire Me Monday) that can inspire and encourage you on your journey!

      I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

  6. Meryl says:

    Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend.

  7. Xmasdolly
    Twitter: Xmasdolly

    Thank you for hosting. I have much to do with my resolution and I don’t take small steps for I’m in a bit of a hurry. Have a great weekend.

  8. Dawn
    Twitter: breathoffaith

    Oh I love your Reading Challenge – will have to check that one out! One thing that is unique about me and my blog is well, hey I write from the coast of Rhode Island and how many Bloggers are crazy about God AND Shark Week? I don’t know but somehow my blog is unique because I want it to be a place where I shine my light for Him…but I guess after all He makes each of us unique. So I guess in a way that makes each one of us who blog in hopes of glorifying Him unique. Did I just evade the question? ANyway…Hmmmm. Best wishes on your Fitness journey, and you are right- it is each of those small steps over time that build the consistency needed to succeed in change and goal attainment. Onward, my friend!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      I love your blog Dawn and the light you bring to the blogging world!
      I have a book I need to unearth from my moving boxes and share with you.
      Hope you have a fabulous New England weekend dear friend!

  9. KalleyC
    Twitter: Kalleyc

    It’s great that you joined a reading challenge! Always a great way to pick up some books–do it in a group. I also have made strides to follow through with my one word. I ended up writing a post about it.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      I’ve been compiling a list of Reading Challenges for the New Year and hope to share them soon so that anyone who would like to join them can do so!

      Can’t wait to see how you are doing with your One Word! I hope to provide ongoing space for everyone to share their journeys as well! 🙂

  10. LuAnn Braley
    Twitter: KentuckyGal

    Sorry I did not follow the thread, but I hope you like what I did put up. :O)

  11. Joyce says:

    I loaded up on Greek yogurt and am eating that instead of the usual junk!

  12. Thanks for hosting, my Dear Friend

    Have a perfectly awesome weekend:)

    PS I have decided 2013 is my year to be happier and healthier so I intend to laugh more and walk more so that’s what I do, I walk around laughing, LOL Not to worry I live in the country so no one witnesses this strange behavior, LOL

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Dear Evelyn,

      Thanks for making ME laugh with your wonderful, delightful comment!
      Your goal to laugh more and be happier is one of the nicest ones I’ve seen –
      If we all did that, I think we’d all be a lot healthier! 🙂

  13. Since we’re planning on moving back to Seattle this summer, I need to purge So. Much. Stuff. that has been accumulated from being in the same house for 10 years. Especially since I’m such a pack-rat. 🙂 So I’m literally taking a week per room to organize and purge – it’s probably going to take me the next six months to get things down to ‘reasonable’ status before the move, but it’s oh so necessary. 🙂

    Thanks for linking up with me – I’ve added your button to my Fridays so I won’t forget to stop by and link up over here each week, too! 🙂

    Paper or Electronics?

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Good luck with your purging and your move Stacy – we still have a ton of purging and a ton of unpacked boxes post-move!

      Thanks also for adding Friendship Friday to your blog. I’m so glad you stepped in for Kalaini – more chances to stay in touch! 🙂

  14. Thanks for the invite. I am going to have to think about this… Did I read this right that this is a week long link up… I will try to write something up or join maybe next week.. Will look at your other links too.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Hi Martys,

      So glad you stopped by! Yes, all of my regular parties are open all week to give everyone plenty of time to write and link their posts.
      I know how frustrating it is to find something you want to join, only to find that it closed several days ago!

      So, no matter when you stop by, you should always be able to join in one of my parties – and, once you do, you’ll meet some WONDERFUL bloggers!
      Look forward to getting to know you!

  15. Yona says:

    I should have made a reading challenge for myself, but first things first – I’m determined to lose 15 pounds by my birthday and I’m already kinda halfway there. I submitted a blog post about starting a new diet plan…and for me, it’s a big challenge because it’s cutting out all wheat…. AND sugar. I am learning a lot along the way, which is always a plus. Good luck with your small/big steps!

  16. Paula J says:

    Four books in one month! Wow :)) I believe in taking small steps instead of setting yourself up for disappointment. My thing this year is to organize everything…one-step-at-a-time 🙂

    Thanks for linking up with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party!


  17. Joyce says:

    I have never been one for making resolutions, but you made me think about what I would like to accomplish this year. For me it is my organic garden, I want to learn as much as I can how to produce a successful organic garden.

  18. New Follower! Found you through the I Love My Post Linkup! When you have time, come visit at and if you like what you see.. follow back! Happy New Year!

  19. Lisa says:

    I love the idea of a reading challenge! 🙂 I really enjoy your blog and all of your inspiring and encouraging ideas! Thanks so much for hosting. Have a great weekend. 🙂

  20. You are off to a great start for just 11 days in to the New Year! Our world turned upside down a week ago. Needless to say…our plans and goals also seemed irrelevant. In the end, it will all work out. Learning now to trust God just a little bit more. 😀

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Praying for you, Diane. God is faithful even in the midst of life’s storm. Keep your eyes on Him and don’t be afraid to follow Him, even if He leads you out of the boat and across the water…

  21. Nina says:

    Hi Joy,
    You’ve taken many small steps – allready! Thank you for encouragement and inspiration, you share here on the blog! congratulations with the new trainers – the New Year’s reading challenge sounds ecxiting … I look forward of hearing more about the books you read. One of my small steps is about counting the graces – Inspired by Ann Voskamps Joy Dare.

  22. Angie Nelson says:

    One of my goals this year is to create a full-time, passive income. I have started using an editorial calendar to help me stay motivated and accountable. So far, it is working out perfectly!

  23. Carli says:

    I love the reading part of your change. Great idea!

  24. Michelle
    Twitter: Divatude

    Love that you’re building on the One Word 2013 to hold us all accountable! Great topic this week!

  25. Thank you for inviting me to the Friendship Friday Hop. My blog is about seeking joy despite poverty and illness. I have always loved writing and have just begun to do so. My goal this year is to have focus on the good things in life that He has provided for me and my family. To learn more about me and the hardships of my life take a look at “My Story”. I hope you and many others will like what I have to share. I have very little but, I make do and that’s enough for me. 🙂 This is my blog, All of Me:

  26. Thank you for inviting me to the Friendship Friday Hop. My blog is about seeking joy despite poverty and illness. I have always loved writing and have just begun to do so. My goal this year is to have focus on the good things in life that He has provided for me and my family. To learn more about me and the hardships of my life take a look at “My Story”. I hope you and many others will like what I have to share. I have very little but, I make do and that’s enough for me. 🙂 This is my blog, All of Me: Please visit me. I think you will like what you find.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Dear Shelley,

      What a blessing it is to meet you!
      I hope this will be the first of many visits to my blog.
      I left you a note on your Wordless Wed post. 🙂


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