Have you chosen your word of the year for 2018 yet?
I totally skipped out of this last year, just because there are literally SO many words that I wanted to choose! So naturally, I ended up not picking one at all.
Plus that with all the New Year's Resolution goal setting going on - it just all felt a little overwhelming.
But this time around?
I started thinking about the new year (and reflecting on 2017) at the end of November.
In all honesty, I still felt a little unprepared and overwhelmed. So maybe at the end of the year, I'll start thinking ahead at the beginning of November?
Anywho, I decided that I wanted to pick a word for 2018: becoming.
Why I choose this word and what it means to me:
A few months ago, I realized that who I was at the time wasn't who I ultimately wanted to be.
So I started journaling and checking in with myself more. Well, if I wasn't who I wanted to be, ...then who did I want to become?
And trying to answer that has been a journey of its own.
But I truly believe that we all have the potential to become who we truly we to be and not what society and others told us we "should" be.
Because according to society, I shouldn't love my body the way it is now.
According to society, I should have gone to a 4 year college and gotten a Bachelor's degree.
According to society, I should be further along by now.
But listening to other people hasn't gotten me to where I want to go or given me any sense of fulfillment. When I listened to others, my intuition felt off and something just didn't feel right.
So in 2018, I want to become:
- An advocate for mental health, body acceptance, self-love, and personal growth. I want to become a truth teller (inspired by one of my favorite authors and women, Glennon Doyle Melton). I want to show people that they can accomplish anything they put their mind to as long as they keep showing up, doing the inner work, and believing in themselves, regardless of how many times they've "failed". I've "failed" so many times in 2017 I just stopped counting.
- A sustainable and growing business owner. Because if I want to still be here at the end of 2018, then I have to continue to grow and become sustainable. I believe in working smarter and harder, but definitely not to the point of burn out and wanting to give up altogether. Self-care, sustainability, and strategy is the name of the game.
- Someone who acts with purpose, clarity, and courage. Okay, so remember how I said earlier that I couldn't just pick one word for 2017? So here's how I'm sneaking in a couple of extra words for 2018. ;) I have my supporting words to support my main word. But seriously, there were a couple of times I lost my vision (not physically but spiritually) in 2017, so having clarity and checking in with myself is really important - and I think it's part of having a success and growth mindset.
- Someone who has a good relationship with herself and the people around her (especially my bf). One of my goals is to become a digital nomad and work around the world and to not worry about money, and I know one of the most important things I have to do is work on myself because the relationship (or lack of) I have with myself ultimately impacts how I interact with others - so learning how to communicate, be a kinder and more patient person, etc.
What that looks like day to day:
So now I know better than to try to implement this all at once, but to become who I want to be, I have to build better habits and get rid of my bad habits like binging on t.v. shows when I'm stressed and want to numb out. Or stress eating. Or both.
Things I plan on working / improving on in 2018:
- Going on video
- Talking to others (literally I live like a hermit)
- Letting go of control and trusting others
- Letting go of my "know it all" personality
- Not overcommitting or setting unrealistic goals
- Not being a victim and complaining
- Challenging myself more to get outside of my comfort zone
- Surrounding myself with the right people
- Eating better and moving my body
Essentially, I want to become someone who takes care of and loves herself. Inside and out. Mind, body, and soul. Y'know, her whole self.
Great, so what's next?
In January, my focus / main goal is to not overcommit myself.
Becoming an essentialist ...which sounds way easier than it actually is.
I've been working on this in December and have gotten distracted / sidetracked a few times already.
I'll be using my daily paper planner and assigning myself top 3 priorities - and my daily goal is to finish all 3 every day. Y'know, instead of listing 20 things down or writing other things down if I don't feel like doing something. (Drop a comment below if you do this too. We can work on this together.)
So, that's my word for 2018!
I'd love to hear from you.
Do you have a word for 2018?
If so, what is it? And if not, why not?