Yesterday's post gave birth to a blog post; Mission Thrive
Each year it’s become my “ritual” that instead of creating New Year’s resolutions that only ever see the inside of my sock drawer, I pick a word. One word that lights me up, and that I can use as theme for the entire year.
Last year with great enthusiasm I carefully considered and tried a few words on for size until the right word made it’s way to the front of the line. My word was INSPIRE. 2015 was to be my year of doing things that inspired me and in turn others.
It began with my commitment to saying “good bye” to some old habits and resigning from a position that I held for many years. I was jazzed and knew for sure that 2015 was going to be stellar. How could it not be since I was creating space for all the inspiration to come flooding in?!
The truth is, while I was ready for stellar, not to mention ready to inspire and be inspired, that’s not what happened.
Yes, there were moments when I was inspired and when I did inspire, but those moments felt overshadowed by fear and lack. I underestimated how I was going to feel letting go of things that no longer served me… so instead of shifting into stellar, inspired mode, I shifted into maintenance mode.
Clearly I needed to be in maintenance mode and in hindsight, I’m glad I was. I needed to be in that mode to prove to myself that I could keep what was (and still is) important to me going… even though there was a pretty big transition taking place.
So as I end 2015, the Year of Maintenance, I’m ready to begin 2016 the Year of Mission Thrive. (Yep, you guessed it; my word for 2016 is “Thrive”.) With Thrive as my sidekick, I’m promising myself to do things that support my theme. Unlike last year, I’ve made a small list of things that I’m committed to doing to support my thriving.
- I’m going to write more and not just any writing, but authentic, raw and vulnerable writing. Writing that is relatable and real. Which leads to me the next thing on my list...
- Sharing more. I’m going to share some of the raw and authentic thoughts, experiences, and a-has. I’ve learned that when we can share our vulnerabilities we create deeper connections. In order to truly thrive, that’s what I want to do, create deeper connections not just with myself, but with others.
- I also plan to be creating more. I have some cool e-courses that are waiting to be released from my head and on to paper. I’m also open to anything else that wishes to be created, whether that’s a new recipe in the kitchen or a retreat.
- I’m going to be learning. Taking classes that speak to me. Reading books that support and inspire me. If I want to thrive, I need to make sure I have the tools to do so.
- Part of Mission Thrive is also staying spiritually connected. I plan on doing that via meditation, yoga, readings, and guided journaling on a much more frequent and consistent basis. (Feel free to drop me a line if you want more info on guided journaling.)
- And last, but certainly not least, in order to thrive I want to amp up my own well-being and self-care efforts. Drinking more water. Cutting down on portion sizes. Getting rest. Listening to my body more for what it needs.
My friends, now it’s your turn. What word will you choose to serve as your theme for 2016? What actions are you willing to take to support your theme? (Please share in the comment section below.)
Here’s to an amazing 2016!!
With much love and light...