Two years ago, I decided to try something different at the turn of the new year. Instead of setting lofty resolutions or goals, I chose a single word to focus on for that year – to help me frame my actions and intentions moving forward. It was my word of the year.
In 2013, I chose Intention – connecting my every day actions with my larger vision and goals, doing things for a reason and not just for the sake of doing them, and learning to connect my head and my heart. In essence, learning how to trust my gut more.
When that intention led to some analysis paralysis, I chose the word Do for my word of the year in 2014, to help me get out of my own head and to just start moving on the path towards my dreams and goals.
Which brings to me 2015 and my new word of the year – Joy.
I did a lot in 2014. I kept putting one foot in front of the other, plugging away and saying yes to a lot of opportunities that presented themselves. I was excited to figure out if I could make a real go at being a freelance writer and yoga instructor. And I learned a hell of a lot in the last year.
But somewhere along the way, I got stuck in a bit of a rut. OK, it was a big rut, and I lost a lot of the excitement for what I was doing. It became very rote and routine. I has a hard time feeling inspired and finding ways to stay creative, and with that, I lost the joy. It all started feeling like things that I had to do versus wanted to do. It felt like work.
So this year, I want to rediscover that joy. Yes, I will continue to pursue my career intentionally and I will continue to move forward and do the work that needs to be done.
But I also want to enjoy the journey more, to find an element of play in whatever it is that I’m doing – writing, parenting, teaching yoga, running. Everything.
And that rest, reset and renew that I was talking about before? I think that I need that mentally and physically so that I can find more joy in the things in my life.
I’m excited to see what 2015 has in store because I want to pursue things with love, light and joy.
Do you choose a word of the year?
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