Over the past few years, I’ve chosen a word of the year. I got the idea from another blogger and love the simplicity of this practice. It’s just a simple word, but it has a way of shaping a year in a real remarkable way.
Most years, I’ve chosen very active words. These entailed qualities I was seeking to attain like patience or fortitude. Last year, I wanted to just remain stable, so I chose steadfast.
I wanted this year’s word to be different. I wanted a break from routine. A word that would remind me that chances are worth taking. That sometimes you just need to go all in. That following your gut is a real thing.
And so, I’ve chosen: EMBRACE.
Quite literally, this word has taken shape — at my wedding to M on Jan. 16. It has already proven to be an exciting year, full of love and promise. And I want to keep that going.
I want to be open to what is ahead. I want to willingly accept what is given to me. I want to be enthusiastic about what comes my way. And most importantly, I want take chances. Doing so has paid off for me in remarkable ways, as I literally have a life I’m proud of and that I love.
More specifically, I want to embrace:
- New ways of being healthy. I want to try different things. I want to go to fitness classes. I want to make more fit friends. I want to regularly attend yoga. I want to spice things up so I can stay in shape and be happy while doing so.
- Reading. I read one book in January, and I’m halfway done with another. My goal is to read a book a month and to enjoy that quiet solitude of engaging my brain.
- New opportunities. I don’t know what form they’ll come in, but I’ll know ’em when I see ’em. I don’t want to shy away from the unknown.
- The time I have with family and friends. I have really great people in my life. And we make wonderful memories together. I want to really cherish those times and be present in the moment.
- Phone-free nights. I just need to take a break from the Internet and breathe a little more.
- The way things are. There are situations I can never change. I want to stop beating my head against the wall trying to figure those things out. I just want to accept what is and be okay.
As the year goes on, I’m sure I’ll find other ways to embrace. But for now, this is a pretty good start. Here’s to 2016.