I’ll just put it out there and say 2017 was pretty amazing. From travels to milestones, getting engaged and just having downright good times. It was a good year. But let’s not be disillusioned here, it wasn’t all #bestnine moments and there were some seriously dark and upsetting times. But that’s life, and here I am at the end of one year and at the start of a brand spanking new one. Fresh starts, blank pages and a whole year ahead of me, it’s a pretty liberating feeling.
So here’s something I don’t think I discussed on the blog at all last year, because I wanted to see if it was something I actually stuck with. Back in January 2017, I chose a word. Just one, that seemed to not only speak to me, but encompass everything I wanted to achieve throughout the year. That word was discover.
I wanted to keep putting myself out there, pushing myself, I wanted to discover a little more about myself and the world around me. From trying new recipes and flavours, to broadening my horizons, physically and spiritually. Having this one word to come back to through the year kept me on track. It encouraged me to branch out, discover new places, people, new likes and dislikes. And whenever I felt demotivated or stuck in a rut, I would come back to my word, do a little pen on paper brainstorming and get myself back on track. Hand on heart, having just one word brought so much into my life, so you can bet your last pound I’ve picked a word for 2018.
And that word is balance.
I’m sure we both have different ideas and connotations when we talk about balance, but for me, I know what my problem is and I know why I need more balance in my life. I’m a bugger for thinking I can do everything at once, and alone. I will throw myself fast and hard into a project until I burn out, leaving everything else by the wayside, then beating myself up for not being able to do 20 million things at once.
I want to balance my time better too, with friends, family and myself. And I want to find an inner balance. I want to quiet that voice that tips the negativity scales and just keep myself balanced and grounded.
I’ve found setting this one little word for the year works 10 times better than making resolutions and kidding myself that I will work out X amount of times a week or blog X amount of days etc. I want to focus on the big picture, and finding a balance overall in each and every aspect of my life.
Life isn’t a tick box exercise. That’s a big lesson to learn but honestly, it’s a game changer once you do.
If you were to set yourself one word for the year, what would it be and why? Whether you set words, goals, resolutions, intentions or you just keep being you, I wish you a year filled with love, luck and happiness ahead.
Let’s make it a good one!
Until next time,