It’s been a long time since I’ve wrote on here and I really miss it. I miss just having this space to write for no reason other than because I want to do it. I went through a phase where I started feeling silly for having this blog – feeling like I was too old to have a ‘just for fun’ sort of blog. But I’ve learned something the last few days (in light of my 39th birthday)…I’m not too old to do things that make me happy! And writing here used to make me happy and I miss it, so I’m coming back to this place, but only when I feel the urge to write! Anyways…enough lame small talk. It’s time to get to good stuff – my 2014 words.
I was always one of those people who had good intentions to follow my New Years Resolutions. And I did…for about 3 weeks maybe a little longer. I just never stuck to them. Then a few years ago I was introduced to the concept of choosing a word(s) – no more than 3 though – as your theme for the year. Here’s a post about it for this year. It made a lot more sense to me to pick a word or two that would be my theme for the year. Last year (2013) one of my theme words was creative and that gave me an ‘excuse’ to dig a little deeper into my photography hobby.
This year there were 3 words that jumped off the page and resonated with me:
- self love
And even though it’s only the end of February, these 3 words have been front and center in my life the last couple months. 2014 is all about…reclaiming my life. There’s a lot of “behind the scenes” sort of things that I won’t go into a lot of detail about but those things are the reason this year is about reclaiming my life, learning to love myself, gain/build my confidence and getting me back. And of course those things require change and that means a whole lot of stepping out of my comfort zone too!
And recently I was at a biz event and one of the keynote speakers gave us a list of verbs and had us choose our verb. I found it really interesting that the one verb that stood out to me was overcome. It just fit so perfectly with the 3 theme words I had already picked for this year. So, it just kind of intrigued me how that kind of, in a roundabout way, tied into my theme words.
And this year I’ve started off full steam ahead with changes, building confidence and learning to love myself. I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone in several ways already:
- Traveled alone
- Rode on MARTA in Atlanta…all by myself
- Went to a local Singles Mingle…all by myself
- Accepted a public speaking offer in May…YIKES!
- Spoke up for myself (which is really hard for me!) on more than one occasion
- Started eating healthy (woo hoo for 28 lbs. lost so far!)
- Decided to join a friend in what’s going to be a really awesome 5k race – The Color Run! (And this coming from the girl that just several months ago – November – had to be pushed in a wheelchair in 2 airports because she couldn’t walk the distance from one side to the other (in Chicago and Detroit)!
I think that’s a pretty damn good start for only being about two months into 2014!
I’d love to hear from you now – did you set a New Year’s Resolution and if so are you still sticking to it? Or did you choose a theme word for the year? Leave a comment below and let me know!
Until next time…