With the beginning of every new year I choose a word to act as a driving force for the months ahead. Right now I'm working with a business coach, and she is always asking me why things are important to me. I love being held accountable to having an answer to that question. The truth is, choosing a word every year is important to me because it helps me be in charge of the trajectory of the year ahead, even if that path isn't what I had hoped it would be. In 2016 I choose the word quality and it revolutionized what I bought, how I consumed fashion, food and media, and how I viewed myself. All around it was a great word, and I enjoyed nearly every aspect of it. It helped me get to know myself and my new city in a way I wouldn't have otherwise. As for 2017's word, I ended up in a different place than I expected with it.
For 2017 I chose the word flourish. It ended up being a perfect word, but for the first few months of the year it felt like a joke. If you've been following me online for a while, then you know I always try to be pretty candid about the struggles of being owning my own boss, especially when you're a human being who is highly emotional navigating life in the meantime.
This year was particularly taxing as my personal life began to completely overtake my mental brain space. In January we had to put down our beloved dog, Hank. It came out of nowhere, and it was a heartbreaking decision that we had to make. I mourned that loss for what felt like forever, but with the help of my delightful therapist, I was able to process my grief and grow a lot personally last year.
And all of that made the word 'flourish' seemed like a joke, because I can count on one hand the number of times I felt like I was 'flourishing' last year. But as I was processing and working through the first six months of the year, I was reminded that to bloom into a flower, a seed has to get buried in dirt, be exposed to pressure and a lot of torrential downpours, crack open, and only then can it begin to grow and flourish into it's full potential.
When it came to picking a new word for 2018, I was intimidated to say the least. I wanted to learn a lesson this year, but I also didn't want to struggle through it all as much as I felt like I did in 2017. When I'm choosing a word I like to set a few goals and mentally check in to see where I am. It's also helpful to identify the core of what I want to achieve or work on.
This year the important thing for me was to build off of the work I put in last year. I wanted to focus in on some goals I've wanted to accomplish for a long time + I wanted to actually accomplish them. There's not a lot of new goals for me for 2018, everything I want to do this year is coming directly from my heart, from the core of my being, without any outside influence. Some are health related goals, some are business related goals, and some are personal and related to self care.
That's why my word for this year is...
- the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning.
"we shall allow our intuition to guide us"
- a thing that one knows or considers likely from instinctive feeling rather than conscious reasoning.
This year I'm learning to trust my gut and listen to my intuition. I plan on making decisions and resting easy in my ability to make them in the first place. I plan on getting in tune with what my mind, body, and intuition are trying to tell me. If my intuition is telling me to hire a business coach (it did!) then I'm hiring a business coach. If it tells me to quit something, I'll do it. If my intuition tells me to rest, I'll rest. If my intuition tells me to email the CEO of a Fortune 500 company because I met them in some random circumstance, I will.
Essentially I'm going to begin trusting my gut in 2018, and I'm really REALLY really excited about it. I've been journaling and asking my intuition what it's telling me, and I'll tell you all about that later, but for now my intuition is telling my that this blog post is ready to come out of hiding in my drafts folder.
Do you choose a word of the year? If so let me know what yours is for 2018!