OF THE YEAR
Gosh I sometimes have an easier time coming up with a WORD. Last year’s word was so deeply etched into my
This year, in brainstorming my word, these are some of the
moods/essences that I felt:
Positive, assume the best,
spread love, shine, glimmer, half full, gratitude, show up, perspective, trust,
positive, no overthinking, leap-open-upwards direction, align, grow, bright,
I have this INNER feeling of what
I am going after, but I had a really hard time coming up with the WORD that
encapsulates it all.
I am choosing UP.(I also kind of like
that it maybe is a continuation of last year’s RISE… “RISE UP”)
LOOK UP: I want to every
day, look up and NOTICE. Notice beauty,
notice the little things, notice CONNECTIONS, BE the connection and the upwards
way of being.
THINK UP: I want to think UP
AT THE GOOD—even when there is a negative—I want to notice the “up”- the
good/ the opportunity that lies within/ the big picture that may not even be
visible at that exact moment. I want to trust that I am going upwards in the
direction of my dreams, on the path that is meant for me, as long as I remain
true to myself, my integrity and core values that I live my life by. I want to
intentionally see the glimmers of hope, even when – as is sometimes my tendency,
I may initially feel the heaviness of frustration and/ or irritation. I want to work hard to see the UP glimmer
within hard situations.
SPEAK UP: Well, I should clarify slightly. That I don’t want to speak up TOO MUCH haha. I know and am anticipating and already planning the year that is to come. It is going to be fraught with divide. So, I am planning to be intentional about communication. However, I want to balance being intentional and maybe cautious with the thought that it is our right and responsibility to be a part of the world we inhabit. I cannot expect other people to do the whole job of speaking up for integrity and for things that matter to me. So, how can I speak up in ways that are respectful and simply supportive of my values. And how do I need to speak up for myself. How close will I allow someone to be nasty or disrespectful before I speak up for myself? I will also be working on speaking in an upward direction TO myself. I will work on speaking as positively to myself as I would to others.
LIVE UP: As always, I am
already preparing. I am preparing to do
lots of things that scare me, exhilarate me, that make my days FULL. I want to
go UP the extra mile. For myself, for others, for FUN. I don’t really have a problem
saying no to things that I know aren’t in my lane or that will not fulfill me,
but I want to actively seek out things that are just out of my vision that will
enliven my days.
RISE UP: There WILL be
challenges, downward spirals and unexpected shitstorms. I expect myself to sit
in that place that I find myself with equanimity and know that there will be a
rising upwards, that I am with myself, I know who I am, and I have shown myself
evidence that through some of the hard work I’ve done, I can persevere and will