What Word Will Define You In 2017
Resolutions are out and words are in.
My days of writing a resolution are long gone.
They don't work. Resolutions to me are trash talk on a paper. Let me think of everything I dislike about myself and transfer it on a piece of paper in the form of change.
And maybe that's my cynical self getting a little too debbie downer.
But when has your resolution list ever made you feel empowered? Did it make you feel like you had room to grow? Or did it make you feel incomplete or like you failed when you looked at it or couldn't accomplish all you wrote down.
The most common one to write down is to lose a certain amount of weight. Our list goes as long as a long roll of toilet paper when my son un rolls it for the bajillionth time. Which totally puts me in a funk overtime I wake up to use the restroom and see a re-rolled uneven hot mess every morning until I can put on a new roll. Like toilet paper PTSD. But I digress. We have this long list of resolutions but losing weight has been at the top of many. And once our lives get busy, we make too many chick fil a stops and it's been weeks since we've been to the gym we feel we've failed our first resolution goal. So screw the rest. And you toss the list out.
Resolutions set us up for failure. If we get off track we feel like we've failed this monumental task leaving us with nothing but a muffin top, guilt, and shame. And we just give up on all our intentions for the new year all together. There's no room for growth. There's no room for mistakes. There's no room for learning, self love or forgiveness.
A word however is more like a theme. And a theme can be interpreted in any way. There's wiggle room.
Last year my word was growth. It seemed to be the word that just called to me. All I wanted to do last year is find GROWTH. With my exercise I didn't set any certain any certain number to the days I had to make it to the gym. I just wanted to grow. Which I could do once a week, twice a week or 4 times a week. I could celebrate in my wins and my loses and still feel like I was working toward growth.
I love this quote from the creators of the "One Word" movement.
"Choose just one word. One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live. One word that you can focus on every day, all year long.
It will take intentionality and commitment, but if you let it, your one word will shape not only your year, but also you. It will become the compass that directs your decisions and guides your steps.
Discover the big impact one word can make.
One word. 365 days. A changed life."
So think about this. How do you want to evolve this year? What do you want to learn? What are you searching for?
Maybe what you really want is something deeper and more internal than being able to wear skinny high rise jeans this new year. You've got dreams momma. And that is OKAY. It's ok to want to aspire to be more than just mom. Or hey maybe we need to refine our mom skills. All these feelings of evolving as a woman, as a mother, they are all good things.
Maybe you can find that ...with just ONE WORD.