Over the past few years I have observed a trend where people are throwing their traditional New Year's resolutions out the window and instead declaring a "Word of the Year" to guide their goals and attitudes.
Count me in!
First, reflecting on the possible words to could represent the past few years...
My tidying and decluttering frenzy of 2017: NEST
My journey into pregnancy, birth, nursing, and mothering in 2018: INSTINCT.
Continuing with the apparent nature theme, it didn't take me long to figure out my personal word for 2019: THRIVE.
It's is a pretty powerful word because it implies both action AND abundance. When I hear this word I automatically think of a winding morning-glory vine in bloom, a springtime den of bunnies, a busy nest of bees or ants.
Coincidentally, it's also the complete opposite of how I would describe myself most days. Sadly, I am often plagued with feelings of inadequacy and believe I am limited and lacking in certain areas. Right now as a new parent I feel like don't I have much of the following:
What I do have a lot of? Laundry. And LOVE, of course!
Don't get me wrong- I adore and appreciate everything I have, but being a perfectionist I can't help but yearn for endless progress and growth. So, in 2019, I'd really like to shift from a scarcity mindset into one of abundance. I want to feel like I have more than enough of everything I need to live my best life: hours in the day, dollars in the bank, creativity, enthusiasm, and drive.
But how? For now, I'll simply 'fake it til I make it.' The following affirmations should help:
I have all the time in the world.
My opportunities are endless.
I am bursting with energy.
I am succeeding in my career.
Travel and adventure abounds.
My friendships are flourishing.
My finances are growing exponentially.
My marriage is healthy and strong.
I am overflowing with good fortune.
Good stuff, right? Well, I can repeat these words until the cows come home but deep down I KNOW my life will never be perfect in all of these areas, all of the time. (And if it was, it would probably be remarkably uninteresting.)
As most new parents would agree, being a mom is very "touch-and-go". You are in pure survival mode- just riding the wave each day and praying you'll stay afloat. As a self-proclaimed "control freak" that's a very humbling feeling!
And thinking back to those images of the vine, the den, and the nest- each embodies a similar lack of control when they're at their peak. They're vigorous, prosperous and flourishing but they're also disorderly, messy, and chaotic (all words that make me VERY uncomfortable.)
It seems that more often than not, the adjectives of "thriving" and "unpredictable" go hand in hand. Because that's LIFE! Leave it up to nature to teach us the hard lessons.
So for me, there is no better word to represent the year ahead. By embracing the high-vibrations of THRIVE I am inspired to simply have FUN with "the process of progress" - to enjoy the journey, not the destination. I am committed to embracing all of the ups, downs and sideways turns that 2019- and every year hereafter, will bring. Most of all, I feel empowered to continue to work towards my future goals, while also feeling grateful for everything that I have in the present.
Because in the end, life doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful.
Love & Light (and Less)