January 15, 2021

My One Word 2021

I feel like the last 2 years I have worked really hard to be where I am at today.  I have picked words for previous years but in 2019 I picked Grow and I did.  My word for 2020 was Unapologetic.  I had to work at this but I really do feel like it guided me to make many choices that helped me get though all that the year dropped in my lap.  And along the way, so much has changed.  Life, relationships, me.  All for the better.  What really mattered, what didn't.  What was worth working on, what to let go.  I was on a roll.

When the pandemic hit (still so crazy thinking in those terms) I watched as peoples whole lives came to a halt and their worlds came crashing down like pile up in a snow storm.  It was awful watching all the pain, struggle, and hate that manifested in it all.  In a time where we should have all been coming together, it seemed everyone just wanted to tear each other down.  

My One Word 2021

But this was all happening outside these 4 walls.  Inside our little house, life stayed warm and mostly hopeful.  It wasn't easy.  The only thing that really changed was having them home with me.  Even school from home was a fairly smooth transition.  Sure, the boys missed their friends, but they love having fresh food and drinks whenever they want. And thankfully, I love having them here all day.  I don't say this to brag but in thankfulness.  I felt so guilty for feeling so calm.  Enter my word for 2020. Unapologetic.  Im home all day because of my illness.  I never thought Id be thankful for that but I am. 

  

I wanted to share my word for this year.  Every year I collect quotes and images in a folder on Pinterest and at the end of the year I go though it and see what I had subconsciously wanted to work on. 99% of the quotes in there had one thing in common.  The word "change."  The more I thought how I would work more change into my life, I realized its not change I want.  I did all the ground work.  Now I want to put it all in to play.  Now I just need to change gears.  Shift gears.  And then I saw this.

Shift Quote

This word keeps popping up.  In things I am reading, watching and listening to.  I know that it is meant for me.  With out a doubt.  But I haven't quite been able to explain it in words.  But do I really have to be able to?  How can I explain these shifts if they haven't happened yet?  So Im not going to even try.  

I was listening to a Podcast called Do your Crap.  It was suggested to me by my BeachBody coach and is done by another coach, but I love that it is more mindset vs BeachBody talk.  I have finally caught up and as I was listening to Michas last podcast I heard this.

  Trade your expectations for appreciation and your whole life will change in an instant.  

My first thought was "that is what I want."  Or part of what I want.  To make those tiny little shifts in life that end up making a big one.  I'd like to thing I am a very thankful person.  I know what I have and yes, I appreciate it all.  But as I have managed my way though last year and my journey to being healthy and more mindful, I kind of closed myself off and spent the year getting my head and heart straight.  But now its time to crack open my bubble and let the world back in. 

Shift my focus.  My perspectives. My mindset.  My attitude.  And my energy.  And who knows what else.  

Im ready to take everything I have learned about myself and what I want in life and shift gears to put it all in to play. 

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Do you choose a word to guide you though the year?  What and why did you pick it?   Or maybe you are a resolutions person.  Or not.  I love hearing everyones hopes for the new year.  We can always use a little more hope!  Im wishing everyone a year full of good health and happiness.  Cheers to 2021.

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