Well, what a difference a year makes. During 2017 I became a godmother to my best friend’s baby, made the move into being self-employed full-time, sold our first home and moved into a new one. It was quite a year. There were ups and downs of course, but the highlights were pretty amazing. And I guess that’s what I love about starting a new year – looking back and celebrating the wins, the achievements and the good times and looking forward to what a whole new 12 months will bring.
I’m not really one for making resolutions and goals, but last year I made 3 resolutions for the new year. Writing them here on my blog helped me to look back at them every now and again to check my progress. This inspired me to try harder to achieve them, as they were resolutions that were really important to me. I feel I did a good job when choosing them. But I’d be lying if I said I remembered to look back at them often. Quite the opposite in fact. They regularly slipped from my memory for days, weeks and even months on end.
This year, I’ve pondered what to do about resolutions. Do I set any? I loved the ones I set myself last year, so maybe I should set them again? But I fancied a change and I wanted to set myself resolutions I would actually have a chance of remembering on the daily, not once in a blue moon.
Instead of setting myself a list of things to remember and keep referring back to, I realised that maybe I should ditch the list for a simpler method. I wanted a new year’s resolutions alternative that would give me maximum impact for 2018.
I had an idea.
Maybe just having a single word for the year would be a really good option. A single word that I can easily remember and remind myself of every day. One word that I can try to live my life by all year. Something that would make a real difference to me as a whole.
So, what word to pick?
I remembered reading something a little while ago that really resonated with me. The author spoke about deciding what activities you feel nourish you and what activities actually deplete you. Spending time really thinking about what nourishes you and what depletes you can be very interesting. I realised how many things nourish me that I don’t make enough time for. I also realised that there are so many things that I may think I enjoy doing that actually give me no joy at all.
I’ve found myself thinking of this quite a lot over recent weeks. It’s what lead me to think of my word for the year.
This year, I aim to do more of the things that nourish me and to get rid of or greatly lessen anything that doesn’t. I want to spend more time reading, being out in the fresh air, meditating and enjoy creating a home and garden that we really love. I want to do more of what is really good for me, good for my mental and physical health and good for loving life. Things that nourish my mind, my health, my happiness and my well-being.
I’ve put my word for 2018 in the front of a notebook I often use so that I see it and remind myself of it a great deal. Even when I don’t go near this notebook, I’ve been finding myself thinking of this one word throughout the day, every day. So much easier to remember and recall than a list of phrases or statements.
When I start doing something, I find I’m asking myself if it’s really going to nourish me or not. This has been the catalyst for me stopping an activity or spending more time doing another one.
I can’t help but feel that this word is really going to stick with me and make a real impact on my life the whole year through.
Have you made any resolutions this year? Maybe a word for the year may work for you too? As always, I’d love to know your thoughts.