Have you ever chosen a word of the year?
Last year I chose LIGHT!
As in, bright light, clarity, sunshine, inspiration, but also as in lightness, as opposed to heavy, burden and dark.
The year didn’t quite go like I envisioned it (does it ever?!). Somehow though, I’ve made changes that brought some light into my days.
Looking back, I feel like it was an exercise in letting go of mental clutter and expectations of myself and others.
What I Let Go Of and What I Gained
1. I let go of practices that felt more like chores, like journaling and my gratitude list. Don’t get me wrong, these practices are great, but they weren’t serving me this year, so I stopped, #guiltfree.
2. I “broke up“ with a life coach I had only just started working with. This one was hard. Quitting something when I’ve committed to it is really difficult for me. But I paused and listened to that little inside voice, which had been screaming at me that this was not working. After some trial and error, I finally found someone that lifts my spirit every time we talk, #positivementalhealth
3. I had the most wonderful trip with my mom in Rome and Athens for her (late) 70th birthday! I worried and somewhat agonized for almost a year on how it would turn out. We hadn’t travelled together since I was a teenager plus my mom and I are quite different, and we butt heads sometimes. But this was important to me, I wanted her to have a great experience and I wanted to be a chill traveller. So, I put everything in place and made a decision to go with the flow. Our time together turned out great! So much so, that we even talked about doing it again, #motherdaughtertravel
4. I accepted a different volunteer position, letting my colleagues convince me that this was the better choice for the organization. I had worked and made major improvements in my old position over the last 4 years and it was hard to let it go. But I’m so glad I did! I get to make improvements in a different area and the person that took over is bringing new creative ideas and building on what I created, #winwin
5. We’ve also made progress on some of our bigger projects and even though they are taking (way) more time than anticipated (don’t they always!); I adjusted my expectations and just keep plugging at my end of the deal (taking care of our house stuff, so the man can build us a basement), #renosforever
This year wasn’t all rainbows and unicorns; there were dark, shitty moments. But at the end of it, I see progress and that’s what counts.
Bring on the next decade!
I’m not exactly sure what word I want to guide me this year, I’m still mulling it over.
Do you pick a word of the year? Has it helped you focus your energy on specific aspects of your life? Tell me in the comments.
There is no better place, IMHO, than Danielle Laporte’s work for inspiration to find your word of the year.
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