Choosing a Word of the Year
Hey friends, can you believe we are already 10 days into the new year?
By this point, many of us have already made and broken our resolutions for the year. We are deep in a pit of guilt and shame because once again haven’t made it to the gym, we ate too many cookies and still haven’t kicked that bad habit.
A few years ago, I realized that this was an unhealthy, destructive habit for me. There is no one in the world who is harder on me than I am on myself. By creating unrealistic resolutions, I was setting myself up to fail. So, instead of ditching my dreams and goals entirely, I reframed them by choosing a word of the year.
Last year, I chose the word BUILD. I wanted to launch my blog, go back to school and grow in my position at work. Not only did I do all these things, but I took on a second job, made nearly all A’s in my college classes and built my skills and confidence in the process. I centered my decision-making around my word of the year and said ‘no’ to anything that did not help me BUILD in one way or another. This gave me the power to say no to things, people and ideas that were no longer serving me and allowed me to embrace new opportunities and adventures.
What 2018 Looks Like For Me
As the new year approached, I began thinking about what I wanted 2018 to look like. In December, I turned 29 and I realized that I am still in the midst of discovering who I am and what I want to do with my life. While I know that this is a lifelong journey and process, I knew I wanted to enter my 30’s with direction and purpose. With that in mind, I chose the word ROOT as my word of the year.
ROOT is multi-faceted and it encompasses my desire to dig deeper into my ancestral roots, to plant a garden, and nourish my mind, body and soul with healthy food, exercise and self-care. By choosing this word of the year, I can move forward with intention and confidence. And more importantly, I can move forward without the guilt that I felt when I made resolutions.
I want to mention a couple important things that I learned from this exercise last year. In January, I knew exactly what I wanted to accomplish and I made a list of goals that would help me measure my success in certain areas of my life. As the year progressed, I realized that not only did I meet my goals, but they changed too. Before, I would have felt discouraged about the smallest change in direction, but as I embraced my word, I realized that change was part of the process. To be honest, I thought I was going to look back on my year and beam with pride over all the things I had accomplished. Believe me, I did, but what was even more remarkable was the pride and confidence I had in myself! What I learned and how I grew last year was way more important than any goal I could accomplish.
What I learned was that the magic was in me all along.
Sometimes, we forget that getting to the end of the race isn’t the point. The journey, not the destination, is what changes us and makes us who we are.
My Challenge to You
This year, I challenge you to choose and embrace a word that helps you to grow, to dig deeper, to cut away the unnecessary, to shine and to flourish.
There is music inside you that is waiting to be sung. There are words waiting to be written and spoken. There is treasure buried deep in your heart. Do not let another year pass without sharing your magic with this world!
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