I told you on Sunday that today I would share more about living with intention. Happy New Year!
You will heal. I will help.
My one word, eh, two words, for 2018 are embrace change.
I have done the “my one word” now for 6 years.
I love setting this word(s) and theme(s) for the year ahead because it helps me stay focused on the present and all that I do or don’t want in my life for the upcoming year.
When thinking about my one word for 2018, here were the 3 words/phrases I kept coming back to:
With everything happening in my life right now, they all resonated perfectly.
In the end, I landed on embrace change.
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Embrace: accept or support (a belief, theory, or change) willingly and enthusiastically
Change: the act or instance of making or becoming different + substitution of one thing for another
I am not going to spend much time talking about change and/or about embracing change today because as I have already mentioned, I will be doing a 101-day series on change beginning on Monday, January 9. This series is more conducive to my personal newsletter vs. the health coaching newsletter, so if you’re interested in these posts and topics, please make sure you’re subscribed HERE.
What I will say is this…..I can be 1,000% certain that 2018 is going to see massive change in my personal (and probably even professional) life.
Some of this change is coming (has already come) at lightning speed, whether I’m on board or not. There is no turning back.
Sometimes we create change, but oftentimes we don’t.
Some changes are welcome and exciting, and adapting is easy.
And some are not.
2018 will, without a doubt, have me faced with any and all of the above.
Instead of wondering about and resisting it, I must embrace change.
Let me tell you – this, like every other one-word or words I have set yearly – will be a massive challenge, and yet I know that the best thing I can do is set my one-word intention for 2018 to embrace change.
Do you set a word or words for the year ahead? If so, what is yours for 2018?
p.s. I totally killed my one word for 2017: Unafraid, so I know that setting these intentions do work!
Less is my one word for 2016.
But here is what I learned from the previous three years.
It was all still too much.
Yay for everyone who has set big goals for 2016, who have their sights set on achieving more, more, more and growing in ways that might not even seem possible.
To you, I say: Go get ’em.
But for me?
I have spent my entire life in overdrive. As an extreme Type A personality, this has been physically and emotionally exhausting to me. Up until now, I didn’t care, though. In fact, I thought I had to be this way in order to be anything or anyone.
And then I began to dig into my purpose, which I defined as:
My purpose seeks nothing fancy. It seeks no title. It seeks not money, nor luxury nor the approval of people in places for which I couldn’t care less about approving.
This past October marked the beginning of changing seasons for me, and ever since then, they continue to change. And by change, I mean that once I started doing less I actually became addicted to doing even less than I had originally intended.
I have spent, again, my entire life trying to justify myself and why I should be doing less. But while I was justifying I was, ultimately, doing more, more, more and trying to be more, more, more.
It ended in an illness that depleted me physically and emotionally (likely).
And if you want the real and raw truth, it also ended in me becoming someone I didn’t actually intend on becoming.
Does anyone intend on feeling empty even though they DO so much?
You know, the hustle doesn’t always create the beautiful outcome and person society says it will. This is why those who get the things they have in life are not lucky, but instead, they have worked hard for those very things. I was not lucky, I earned it.
And yet, in so many ways, it wasn’t the beautiful outcome you merely see on paper.
It was the outcome that forced me to less.
At its most basic level less means,
A smaller amount or quantity.
Less does not equal nothing. It’s not that I’m going to sit around all 2016 with no goals, desires, aspirations or productivity. It simply just means less. And it simply just means that it’s okay to embrace this during this season of life.
I have just one actual New Year’s “Resolution,” (remember, a real resolution means that you are resolving to solve a problem) and that resolution is to have all my 2016 Christmas shopping done (or mostly done) by November 1, 2016. This year was complete chaos in the final days, and do not want that again.
I don’t need to create goals, desires and aspirations for bigger and better when this season of life is telling me that the biggest and bestest (!) things are my faith and time spent with the Lord, Samarah and the new little(s) that will be (hopefully soon) joining us and Ryan.
Right here, right now….with less is where I feel the most comfortable that if I left this Earth tomorrow, I would die knowing that I did everything I was supposed to.
I feel it deep down that less is going to provide more.
I’d love to hear your one word for 2016 if you have one!
My One Word + a Jar – currently what I’m thinking about.
Last year for the New Year, I made no huge goals or resolutions. I wanted it to be mostly a lazy 2012, and I promised myself to make no excuses for who I am. My intentions were great; the outcome not so much.
I still believe in not making resolutions. I also still believe in the power of creating intention. Resolutions make us feel as though we need to solve a problem. Intentions, on the other hand, are the actions we plan on taking for one purpose or another.
For quite some time now, (probably a few months or more) I’ve been daydreaming and meditating on the words: Life Unprocessed. Coincidentally, as I was perusing my Google Reader a few days ago, I stumbled across Lindsay Cotter’s post, “One Word Weekend: No Resolutions.” I followed the links and read up on “my one word.”
I dropped: Life.
I kept: Unprocessed.
2013 will, without a doubt, be filled with so many new challenges and changes. You will hear about all of these, one by one. But throughout everything and anything I do in 2013, I will 110% pour my heart and soul into a life unprocessed. As my stories roll on, you’ll begin to understand more and more the meaning of unprocessed.
And the jar? I stole this idea from my dear friend Missy in Chicago. I gather she got it from someone who got it from Pinterest. Each day or moment throughout 2013 when I have something great happen – big, medium or small, I’ll scribble it down on paper, date it and throw it in my jar. At the end of 2013, I’ll take them all out and reflect on all the awesome that was 2013. (pssst….click HERE to learn how you, too, can make a jar like this.)
The truth is that 2012 brought so much heartache, but yet so much joy, so much to be thankful for and so many people to be thankful for. Looking back now, I wish I had a 2012 jar of “happy moments.”
Since jet pilots don’t have rearview mirrors, I’m looking forward to 2013.
Life unprocessed and tokens of happy moments are waiting.
How about you? Interested in taking the “my one-word” challenge or keeping a happy moments jar?
I’d love to hear your one word in the comments below!