Happy New Year! You guys, 2017 is going to be our best year yet and I’m so excited about that for us!
We had a big fish fry with family at my Granny’s yesterday and it was a lot of fun. I don’t know if it’s a Southern thing or a superstitious thing but they’re all really big on the notion, “Whatever you’re doing on New Year’s Day you’ll be doing all year.” So, my mom has this non-negotiable rule if you’re not in a different state or traveling, you’re celebrating the New Year with family. We’ve never wavered from this idea the entire time I’ve been on the planet and I can honestly say I speak to my parents, aunts, sisters, uncles and cousins all the time.
Last week, I mentioned for the past few years I’ve chosen a “word of the year.” It’s a one-word reminder of the goals that I’m working towards and the values I want to live by. When I first started the blog I chose “BELIEVE” because at the time I was a therapist with no idea what it was like to run a blog. I just knew in the deepest part of my soul I needed a creative outlet.
The very next year I chose “COMMITTED” because I found out how much time, effort, resources and energy it takes to run a blog and a be a vendor. it.was.so.hard. I don’t know what I was thinking having 3 different booth spaces in 3 different cities none of which were in the city that I actually lived, PLUS, run a blog full time. It was totally chaotic and I wanted to give up every quarter!
Last year, I chose “INTENTION” because I knew I needed to be more intentional about how I ran the business, the amount of time I spent with my family and the “best gifts” I chose to put out into the world. It was the year that changed me the most.
It was just a few weeks before we were leaving for the cabin last Fall when I chose a word of the year for 2017. This year is a milestone birthday year and at the time I was seriously struggling with it. Read: a daily deluge of thoughts like, “this is not where I thought I would be” and “I thought by the time I was this age, I would be XXXXX” and “I swear I’m getting a muffin top, wrinkles and the other day I saw the tiniest streak of silver in the midst of all these auburn curls!”
It was bananas. No wonder I was struggling with ridiculous self-talk like that!
Anyway, we were all sitting around talking about what we wanted to accomplish for the rest of 2016 and into 2017. I had the calendar open, twiddling a pencil through my fingers when I said, “I’m open.”
The reaction from my bestie S was pretty priceless. “You are?” followed by a quick pause and a, “I’ve never even heard you say that before.”
It was true. I’m a big, big, big time planner, almost always organized in everything I do and just thinking about change gives me sweaty palms sometimes. Looking back, I can see how this idea would have her thrown her off a bit.
As we continued to discuss future goals and plans, I knew I had found my word of the year for 2017. These are my two favorite definitions of the word open…
”move or adjust (a door or window) so as to leave a space allowing access and view.”
”unfold or be unfolded; spread out.”
It took a few weeks I’m not even going to lie but I’ve finally embraced this milestone birthday year. I’ve realized over the past few months, I can be a planner AND open to change because they’re not mutually exclusive. I’ve also realized after talking to many generous women of all ages no one is where they thought they would be at XX age. And yet, they’re all still learning new things, trying to better themselves and loving the people in their lives without conditions.
As we embark on 2017, I hope you’ll find a word of the year, phrase, scripture, vision board or journal to help you fully embrace your heart’s desire this year. By giving yourself a visual reminder or verbal cue whether you’re in the midst of victory celebrations or in the valleys of doubt that “one word” can quietly offer the courage to fully live out the adventures of 2017.
It’s going to be our best year yet, I feel it!
You with me?
See you guys back here tomorrow. Hurricane Matthew derailed a few of our end of the year projects in 2016 so we’re even more ready to tackle our home goals for 2017! I’ll share them with you tomorrow. Until then, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.