Friday, January 12, 2018

My Word of the Year

It's the second week of January, and my goal of publishing a blog post 3 times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday has already fallen by the wayside, so I'm not sure whether this blog post will really be valid anymore. This was supposed to be an inspiring chat full of motivational snippets, and a go-get'em attitude, that was to be the crux and center of my entire blog for the year. But I have a headache...again. And unfortunately for me, migraines tend to throw my game plans all out of whack, and leave me with a more cynical outlook than I'm normally predisposed to. So, do I give you the bright and shiny version of this post...or the realistic and brutally honest version?

I guess we'll go with brutally honest. I'll do more motivational another day.

I am one of those ladies who has always picked out a New Year's Resolution. I remember coming up with them as a child even. The idea of a new year always excited me. The idea of changing things up, doing new things, improving my life in some way, held incredible sway over me...and still does. But the main word that needs to be focused on in those sentences is IDEA.

I am an ideas lady. I am generally great at coming up with them. I love to research. I love to read. If you're thinking of buying something, I'm the lady to call to help you figure out what the best one is to purchase. I know what car I want before I've ever walked onto the sales lot. My ideas monkey-brain combined with my occasional obsessive/addictive personality is both an asset and a flaw. I can come up with an entire calendar's year of weekly preschool story time themes, and research my way into kid's programs up the wazoo for a job...and obsessively learn everything there is to know about Michael Fassbender or the best shop vac to buy my husband for Christmas. But I can analyze and think something to death before it's ever come to pass, and for a lot of my life, it has never come to pass.

In a nutshell, what this amounts to is living the grand majority of my adult life inside my head, with my ideas.

This year, instead of picking a resolution, I decided to go with a word for the year. Picking a word instead of a resolution has gained a lot of popularity recently, and it felt right to me. So, I of course set out to spend a great deal of time pondering what my word should be, when all of a sudden it hit me.


2018 is going to be my year of Action.

On the page of my bullet journal that I set aside to brainstorm my focus for the upcoming year I wrote that one word, with a few lines underneath to emphasize how important it was. And I decided that this year I was going to try to get out of my head more, and actually DO MORE.

I am actually USING my bullet journal to break down goals into small manageable chunks, and sticking them into my week, so that I can achieve my dreams instead of just thinking about them all the time. And I am taking ACTION. I want to push myself out of my comfort zone, and do things regularly that scare me a little bit. Starting my YouTube channel would be the perfect example of this. I have wanted to make videos since the first time I went live on Facebook to show people how much snow we had in North Dakota. I'm going to write a big ole post about finding your passion, and really working towards it, but my real passion is connecting with people. And I want to push myself to do more things that really help build on that. And while connecting, I want to be a bright and shiny beacon of support for what the world really needs right now is more bright and shiny.

So for 2018, instead of living in my head, and filling it with ideas of how I'd like to improve myself and my life, I want to take Action to actually make some of those ideas come true. I want to consciously live with passion and verve. I am really focusing on taking good care of myself for the first time in my life, and I want to share it with you because I know that a lot of you are in the same place that I am. Maybe the circumstances are slightly different, but your focus has been on other people and other things, and you've let you fall so far down on your priority list that you barely even register. Now is the time to take that action, and start taking steps to live the life you've dreamed of. None of us are getting any younger, and unfortunately there's no guarantee of a tomorrow...

Well crap, I ended up going all motivational on you after all.

Do you make resolutions? Or did you pick a word of the year? I'd love to hear about it in the comments.


  1. I think this is the perfect word for 2018. I love it. And I don't do resolutions anymore. I'm all about setting measurable goals. I try to be as specific as possible, and that always makes it easier to break it down into chunks for the year.

    1. That is the way to do it, really...if you actually want to accomplish them!