One of my favorite things about R+F has been personal development. Here’s one example of something I have learned and adopted. 🤓😁 #wordoftheyear
I cannot recall when I first started this practice, but a few years ago one of my teammates introduced the idea of having a word of the year. Simply stated: choose one word that will be your focus (and goal) for the year. Post it around your home. Come back to it. Move towards it.
For 2017, I chose Believe. Self confidence has been an issue for me for a long time. I wanted to Believe in myself. Trust myself. Have more confidence.
Additionally, I wanted to Believe. Anchor my beliefs in Jesus. Build my faith in Him. This is the year I began reading more Jen Hatmaker books and eventually the Bible. It was a year of spiritual and personal growth.
For 2018, I chose Listen. I wanted to Listen to the internal nudges. I wanted to Listen to what I God wanted me to do. I wanted to quiet the anxiety and Listen to Him. I began meditating more frequently and tried to quiet my mind from the constant internal to-do list (and not so nice self talk). I started a prayer journal.
I also wanted to Listen to my family better. Put the phone down and concentrate on what people were saying. It’s still not my strong suit. 🤨
With 2017 & 2018 behind, I cannot say I have fully mastered either of the aforementioned words of the year. I do think I have improved, which was the goal. Perfection is unattainable, but progress is always possible. Looking on to 2019, I will carry the knowledge I have acquired along with me.
↗️↘️➡️I am really good at jumping. Obvi. 😆 #shouldhavebeenatrackstar
Soooo… What will be my word for 2019? I have had many thoughts on this. First, I was leaning toward some sort of active verb. Act. Move. Action. Go.
Believe, Listen, Act. It seemed to flow. It had a trend. But as I prayed and meditated about this, I kept getting the feeling that it was wrong. I heard something entirely different and I was called to read about Moses in the wilderness.
Do you have any guesses yet? I was being told to have patience, which is not my strong suit. To wait. To pause. I was being reminded that things do not happen on my timeline. As the Yiddish Proverb says, ‘Man plans. God laughs.’
In discussion with some other like-minded souls, I landed on Align. The other words just did not seem to carry the connotation I was looking for. I want to align myself, my actions and my thinking, to my beliefs. Not force things, but allow whatever is meant to be, to be.
That doesn’t mean that 2019 is my year of doing nothing. Instead, I will follow what feels good and right. I will get myself into alignment and let God and the Universe take care of the rest. If my plans do not work, I will have patience and give thanks. Obviously, whatever did not happen was not meant for me and the Big Man upstairs has something else (something better) in the works. #believe 😉🙏🙌
I also want my choices, both financially and time spent, to Align with what is most important to me. My faith. My family. Bringing harmony. Helping others. Becoming a better version of me. So many values that do not include a new Kate Spade bag (which is in my Amazon cart saved for later, TBH). Which is why 2019 is also the year of no shopping for me. I started on Nov 29 and it’s been a struggle, but I’ll post more about that later. #stayawayfromthemallbrandi 🙈
So what about you? Do you have a word of the year?
Where do you want to improve? Or what aspect of your life do you want to highlight? Joy? Family? Organize?
It could be anything, but lean toward something on the positive side.
I’d love to chat with you about this if you want to brainstorm! 🤓😘 #nerdatheart
Much love and Happy New Year!
This year is gonna be RAD!