I started this site last year because I believe (part of) my purpose is to encourage the discouraged -
to guide my #Adulting101 peers toward mindful living, or at least, provoke thought…
Little did I know at the time how much I had to learn - how much I needed motivation.
At the beginning of each new year, one of my (awesome) best friends chooses one word as a mantra to guide her throughout the (unpredictable) ensuing twelve months, and she recently challenged her readers and friends to do the same.
It’s now nearly the end of January, so obviously it took me a minute to figure mine out! I was faced with the same issue I had in 2018! There are too many options!
There are sooo many things I want to do and accomplish, places I want to see, adventures to be had!
And, I wanted to do it all in 2018.
Just as I wanted to pick all the words for 2019.
It’s all a bit… overwhelming.
Depending on the person, one year can seem like forever, or if you’re like me, it’s never long enough! E.g. 2018.
Between my full-time job that I love/hate, coaching, writing, triathlon training, ensuring I spent quality time with everyone I love, people-pleasing, volunteering, ticking off my “to do” lists, meal prepping, shaking hands & kissing babies - sometimes just putting pants on was a struggle!
Come October, I was BURNT and I’ve spent the last few months just trying to get my sh*t back together!
Hopefully, I’ve figured out the whole “balance” thing.
I’m trying at least. One day at a time.
Reflecting on all of that, I (finally) found my word.
This year, I’ve chosen two very important goals to hone in on and that’s it.
Spreading myself too thin and, as Brene Brown says, “wearing exhaustion like a badge of honor,” nearly broke me in 2018. Lesson learned.
I know some of you are exhausted too.
Not for the same reasons but worn out just the same.
I encourage you to Breathe. Take a step back and focus on what’s most important to you, here and now, and choose to improve just that one thing (or two)!
I encourage you friend, to be intentional with your day.
Focus on what matters in the moment and be present, no matter where your day leads.
I like to keep things simple.
It’s what works best for me (and those around me)! 😉
Here’s an example of what most of my intentionally simple days look like:
As I have been challenged, so I am challenging you.
After all, iron sharpens iron, right?
Breathe. Reflect. Decide. Focus.
Then, take my friend’s cue and, RUN with it!
And, remember: One day at a time.
For more encouragement and healthy lifestyle & fitness tips, go check out my awesome friend Natalie at: https://freshlifeflourish.com/
For Natalie’s 2019 Word of the Year, click here: https://freshlifeflourish.com/2019/01/14/word-of-the-year-2019/