My friend Christy, from real life AND her blog, Living Daringly, posted this on social media a few days ago, and it really resonated with me:
2017 was a wonderful year for me, but other years haven’t been. But what I’ve learned, (and what Christy so beautifully wrote), is that the events of each year (the good, the sad, the beautiful, and the challenging) make you a little more “you”.
There is no one else in the world that owns YOUR story, and who has lived through the experiences that YOU have. Be proud of those moments, even the hardest ones. Be proud of the person who overcame the challenges, the hurt, and the sadness of the past. Be proud of person that you are today. Be proud of the person you work on becoming in the future. Be proud of YOU.
Speaking of the future…
I love setting resolutions, goals, and dreams to achieve- not just at the start of a new year, but anytime really. Goals make me jump out of bed in the morning. They give me something to look forward to. They teach me how to celebrate successes, AND bounce back from failure. They show me that it’s ok to have a plan b, c, d, and e, and help keep me grounded and motivated. They give me something to talk about, (something to write about!), and opportunities to connect with like-minded people. The make me excited about, well, life!
In the past, I’ve heard a lot of people in my circle talk about setting focus words or phrases to represent the year ahead. I’ve even started to see people ask “What will your word be for 2018?” I can’t really say I’ve ever thought of a word of the year in advanced. I’ve found that by the end of an entire trip around the sun, a word or theme emerges.
I’m certain that 2017’s word was bliss:
And as I think of ways that 2018 can be just as wonderful, I think of all of the things I’m going to GO for this year:
Run. With my recent weight loss (41lbs gone since August!), I am feeling stronger, more energized, and lighter on my feet. I’m ready to jump back on the pavement, and have already signed up for a 5k and a 10k! I have my sights set on my 2nd half marathon in the near future, and will possibly put one on the books after seeing how I do with the 10k distance later this winter. It’s been a while since I’ve tackled anything longer than 3.1 miles, but I am ready to get up and GO!
Keto On. I started the clean ketogenic way of eating (low carb, moderate protein, high healthy fats) back in August and have had consistent success! Not only have I said goodbye to 41lbs, but I’ve also had numerous non-scale victories! I’ve gone down from a size 24 jean size to a 20 (and sometimes an 18!), FEEL amazing, have reduced and eliminated knee pain AND the Plantar’s Fasciitis I’ve battled for years, and so much more. I doubted this way of life for 2+ years as I watched good friends have awesome success. Boy am I glad I decided to GO for it!
Travel. I travel quite a bit for work, however, I’d love to find more opportunities to extend those trips into weekend adventures with my husband, as well as plan some additional excursions with him as our schedule permits. We have a trip planned to NYC coming up, and hope to get summer tour dates for the Dave Matthews Band so that we can plan some destination concerts to GO to!
Strengthen the relationships that matter. It’s crazy to think that Brian and I have been married for 8 months already! We spent almost 6 years building an awesome foundation of friendship and love before we tied the knot, and as newlyweds, we’ve continued to add to and enhance that foundation. I’m excited to see what’s next for us! In addition, my 38th year of life has taught me about the importance of keeping your circle of friends small and mighty. I’ve learned to embrace the fact that people drift apart- and that’s totally ok. Friendships can ebb and flow, and they can also end (even if both parties don’t agree with the decision) because if one person in a friendship isn’t feeling it anymore, then it’s not fair to pretend that there’s something to hold on to. Explain your feelings to that person, hold onto the good memories, release the need to be right, or to have all of the answers, GO forth and move on. Give yourself permission to walk away from someone, without guilt, if you know deep inside that it’s the right thing to do. Not only do you have the right to build your circle of friends in the way YOU want, you also deserve to.
Write. Write. Write. I have so much to say (and not enough time to say it, it seems!). But in 2018, I want to dedicate more time to writing. Writing here on the blog, writing recipes, writing in the groups I run, writing for work, and continuing to work on my book that I started over the summer. If we are close, you know that I’m a major talker. But those who I’m not as close with will know me as someone who is more of a quiet observer. This is why I love writing here on my blog so much. Writing helps me bring voice to my thoughts that may otherwise go unsaid. Writing helps me to connect with others that I may have never crossed paths with. If I have something important to say, you will most likely see it in writing, rather than talk about it aloud. This year, I am making a promise to myself to spend more time in my journals and my laptop working on writing projects and goals. I’m ready to GO and write the next chapter of it all!
After I jotted down all of these thoughts down on paper, I realized that a word had already began to emerge: GO. I chuckled to myself when I saw it, because “GO” is something I say to myself often.
For example: when I’m on a run, and I feel as though I can’t continue any further, I always, always tell myself to “Just go, GO!” over and over again, and it helps every time.
I tell myself to GO a lot- but never in a negative way, but instead, as in a “Go forth and be awesome”, and a “Let’s see how far you can GO” kind of way.
Maybe GO is my word for 2018.
I can totally get behind that.
What will your word for the next 365 days be?
Wishing you a beautiful, joyous, and fruitful 2018 filled with all of the things you love, and everything you hope to be! Happy New Year!