It’s nearly back at work time for me. I’m both disappointed that the holidays are coming to an end, and somewhat excited to see what the new year might hold.
This morning, I saw this post from Suze Muse and it got me thinking about what my three words for 2017 (yes…I am totally procrastinating from getting back to real work… just roll with me here)…here’s what I think they might be.
Adventure – 2017 feels like a year to “lean in” for me (unfortunately that phrase seems to have lots of connotations, so I like the idea of adventure instead). This year I want to try new things, take some risks, throw myself in head first. What will that mean? I don’t have any idea just yet. Does the idea both excite and freak me out? totally! there is still a huge part of me that loves the coziness of my comfort zone. I think I am happy there…but am I?
Curiosity – I’ve learnt that approaching life with an overarching sense of curiosity can help you feel calm amongst the chaos, to manage the things that life inevitably throws at you as simply an opportunity to learn and think. Curious about what parenting strategies are working and which ones are clearly not (yep…I’m not failing, I’m just experimenting). Curious about why I might feel anxious or frustrated some days. Curious about the people around me, the world around me. Curious to learn and discover more about people and culture that might help me with my work.
Consistency – I could be really boring and have something about exercising more and eating less…or about finally adding meditation of some description in to my daily routine. Generally speaking though, this ends up creating a peak and trough kind of situation where I’m really “good” for a period of time and then fall off the wagon and I am “bad ” for a while. Where I really want to get to and what really works, is starting to be consistent about the things and habits I really want to change. Movement, relaxation/mediation, writing, eating nourishing foods, reading with the kids… all these things are habits I want to build into my regular routines. It doesn’t need to be hours, it doesn’t need to be all out…I just need to keep turning up….consistently….after all, they say it is what you do most of the time that counts, not what you do sometimes.
What are the three words that will define your 2017?