I was inspired in 2015 to pick three words that I wanted to strive for in the coming year. Instead of choosing a huge set of resolutions that I knew I would stress over, words felt like they could grow with me. I know some bloggers that choose one word only, but I need options! That year we welcomed our daughter to the world, and before she even arrived I had set my terms for 2015. I would Attempt, Bliss, and Change. Each word played a huge role in that year. Looking back, those three thoughts captured the twelve months and made them a large summation of the wild, wonderful time that I had.
I attempted so much. Flights with baby alone, moving back to my parents’ house during the deployment, I joined a mothers’ workout class. I put myself out there in uncomfortable ways and reaped the benefits.
I found bliss in smaller ways. Real SLEEP when my daughter finally slept through the night. I sought the strength to hire a babysitter so that I could take a few hours alone. I reached out to mom friends, and made some true ones.
Oh how we changed. I changed from just me, to MAMA me. I changed houses along the road. I changed diapers (haha so many diapers). Our marriage changed from just the two of us to the trio of three-o that we now are.
2015 was a good, hard, life altering year. I did not want to forget it. I wanted to build on it and take what I learned into the new year. I carried those words with me on my 2015 journey and they served as a great reminder, a check-in with life each month.
As 2016 approached, I sat down and thought about what new challenges I wanted for myself.
I believe that not one slogan or set of tools can get us through the year ahead. However, they can give us a vision. They can remind you of where you are, and where you want to be.
It’s July 2016 now, we’re half way through this calendar year. Have you reached your resolutions? Have you reached your current goals? What is going to get you there?
Perhaps it’s time to choose a defining word or if you want ALL the THINGS like me;) words for the rest of the year.
My words remind me that TODAY I can keep hoping and working towards my goals. 2016 can continue (with a little luck, courage, and hard work) to bring the following:
My 2016 Words
DREAM. I was so busy with newborn Baby J. last year that I stopped dreaming for me. It was a season of life where energy had to be driven toward raising and keeping a human alive. I’m still doing that, but with a different vibe now that she’s waddling her way through toddlerhood. I want 2016 to be full of creation. I’ve taken action on it already. Hello readers~ welcome to my dream born here on this site as I partake in writing again in full force;) I’m also dreaming up new skills, places I want us to travel too, and improving on making actionable plans to turn my dreams into realities.
ENOUGH. I wanted to stop worrying about getting it all done all the time and just be enough for myself. I am an everlasting list-maker, a task master, and sometimes it is to my detriment. I need to learn how to be more flexible this year. I need to make my lists, give them wings/hopes/good wishes along with deadlines. Shifting my mentality to combine “did you do enough today” and “you are ENOUGH” has helped me immensely. I check in with myself to see if I completed enough to feel good. This word will be sticking around for my next 100 (or perhaps less) years of life. It is a revolution for me that I can be ENOUGH. I am doing ENOUGH. And, on rough days I tell myself loudly – “that’s enough! Put the work down and go relax.”
FOCUS. To do the first two words, I must consistently apply this last one. I have mentioned before that I used to worry, and worry, and worry some more. In 2016 I’ve stopped ringing my hands and wandering around pouting over what needs to get done and I just sit down or stand up and GET IT DONE. If I want to create: I create. If chores gotta get done: I do em’. If I want to sit down and get lost writing, reading, or watching crappy shows: I go forth and do such things. I’ve given myself permission this year to focus more on discovering what I want and need each day, and I put my focus towards that.
Now that 2016 is halfway done, I can already see where my words have taken me, and I’m happy with how it feels to know I’m accomplishing them every day. I’m keeping them in mind and letting myself dream, focus, and be enough in 2016.
If this year is not all that you hoped it would be for yourself, perhaps today is the day to take a minute with a REAL pen and REAL paper and sit down.
Think on your goals and try to capture a term that you can think of daily to get you there. It’s never too late to start having better days. Better days lead to a better year. I am wishing that for you right now.
Please share any of the words you have for yourself in the comments section below, you never know who you may inspire today!