The other day, I was reflecting on 2018 (not my best year) and thought why not dedicate each year to one word. Both when reflecting on the past and preparing for the new.
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For last year, I’d like to dedicate the word SELF-DISCOVERY, where I began the journey of finding myself and my happiness again, pushed my comfort zone and tried new things.
I encountered a lot of unexpected, but good, changes in my life.
I ended a 7-year relationship with whom at one point I thought was going to be my life partner. I left my home, the most beautiful place in the world I know so far and moved in with my parents.
While on a more positive note, I tried so many new things! I traveled solo, camped outside by myself, met some incredible people (yay for friends!), bought myself my dream car and started and almost completed my yoga teacher training (not yet official)… and the list goes on. So many things happened last year.
Things changed to make room for better changes, right?
For 2019, it was REALLY challenging picking just one word. I think it’s because my life has changed so much in the last 365 days, I’m still trying to figure out where I’m headed.
But, that’s not the point of an intention. It’s a word (or words) that you can live by every single day. Words that are meant to evolve with you. Positive, encouraging words when we find our lowest lows and help us shine brighter in our highest of highs.
So! I decided on three words to carry me through 2019: courage, kindness and less.
Turns out, there’s a song called Courage & Kindness from the Disney movie, Cinderella.
When I think about courage, I am not only talking about being brave to do something new. It’s also finding the courage to accept the past and the future. To be bold and have grit. To be open to all new experiences.
When I think about kindness, I want to be kind to myself as well as have kindness in my heart, my words and my thoughts towards others. Sometimes I find myself reacting too quickly and not thinking about the bigger picture, or what someone else may have intended in the situation.
And lastly, I had to throw in the intention of less because I want to learn how to find more beauty in life with less stuff. Less stress. Less worrying about what’s supposed to come next. And most of all, less (using correct grammar would be “fewer”) things on my to-do list.
Don’t get me wrong, having hobbies is good and trying new things is even better. But, there’s a line where enough is enough and if you try anything else you’ll just be half-assing it. And no one benefits from you putting half the effort into something.
It took me a few days to wrap this post up and publish it, and after I sat down with this idea it seems like it’s trending and everyone’s doing it.
So, what’s your word for 2019?