I like to have a Word of the Year because it helps focus my mind on how I should be looking at my life for the next chapter. It enables me to add more intention in my daily life, if that makes any sense, and to leverage my word to steady myself throughout the year. It’s like a touchstone I can go back to when I need some realignment. The last time I shared my word of the year was for 2015; why I didn’t for 2016 or 2017 is beyond me (both epically hard years, so that may have had something to do with it) but I did have words if you were wondering.
While most folks have their chosen word ready by January 1, it takes me a little while to recover from the holidays and get my act together for the next chapter. Instead, I like to use the first few days of the year to really think about what I want my word to be, to weigh the vision that I have for myself and my family for the next 365 days and truly assess what is needed. It’s never to late to restart and reprioritize things, my friends, so don’t let society tell you otherwise.
So without further adieu, my 2018 word of the year is BALANCE. According to Google, balance is “an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.” If you kept with me for 2017 then you know how fitting the word balance is for 2018. Last year was one of tremendous growth, but not without darkness, so this year all I’m looking for is to maintain my equilibrium. Like I discussed in this post, leveraging the coping mechanisms I’ve learned in therapy are essential for me to keep my footing but in order to do that I have to maintain some sort of balance. For me that means self care when I’ve had a stressful day/week at work or when the kids are pressing all the right buttons. I tend to put so much into the priorities of others that I forget about caring for myself, I forget to recharge.
There are a lot of things I plan to put into action this year in order for me to have some sort of balance for my 2018 but there is hopefully another post to come that will go more into detail. For now I just wanted to get this post up, for me not you, to officially declare my word of the year and release it into the word. I would, however, like to hear if you have a word of the year or resolutions/goals that you’d like to crush for 2018! Go share on my latest IG post!
Fair warning, I have a few self-reflective posts planed for the next few days/weeks (depends on when I have time to sit down and my thoughts spill out) so stay tuned for those! There is a lot I’ve been itching to share and isn’t this space just to the place to do it? YEAH! Happy New Year, my friends!