Happy New Year! I took an expected and then unexpected break from the blog over the last two weeks so I’m glad to be back and am excited to create some inspiring and helpful content here for you all in this new year and new decade!
Something I’ve never done before, but was excited to do this year, was choose a word of the year. I love the idea because I feel like it is setting the tone for the year I want to have and I hope that it will give me a positive mindset and something to go back to when, maybe, things get a little crazy.
My word of the year for 2020 is “calm.”
Why I Chose Calm As My Word of the Year
I chose the word calm because it is truly the approach I want to take to the year, as well as a description of the energy I want to project and surround myself with in 2020. Last year, there were a lot of negative moments and moments that probably got the best of me emotionally.
I think that if I had stepped back a bit, took a breath and tried to handle those situations and feelings in a more calm, measured way, that I would have been more pleased with the outcome, as well as not second guessing the way I handled things.
I realize perhaps I’m being cryptic here and let’s be clear, nothing TERRIBLE happened in 2019. I did put a lot of stress on myself for various things both work and personal, and there were just some emotional ups and downs that we dealt with, as everyone does. I just know that I want to handle things differently going forward.
What Does a Calm 2020 Look Like
Ah now this I’ve put a lot of thought into. I think when you choose a word of the year, there are supporting words that get you to that specific one. A few of the others I considered were:
And I settled on calm because a calm 2020 includes all of those things for me. I want to strive for balance in the new year with things like disconnecting from work outside of my set office hours and no longer working weekends. My goal is to very much try and see the positive in any situation, and try to fill my mind and my day with positive thoughts and activities.
I know I need to work on my patience and take time to slow down, get things right and look at them to see how they fit into the big picture. And I need to make things a little easier, and more simplified. This includes everything from taking unnecessary steps out of processes at work, creating a blog calendar I can actually stick to and doing things each day that make our lives easier overall.
All of this adds up to a calmer, happier year and I plan on doing my best every day to make it that way.
I want to do this for myself but for our family and the kids, as well. I think kids thrive in a calm, happy home and that’s partially why I want to project that energy into the world and bring that sense of calm and wellbeing to the people around me.
Now, do I expect this to be perfect? 100% no way. But I do expect to try my best. I’m really heading into this year with a clear head and some consciously drafted goals like I’ve never planned before.
I can’t wait to see what the year ahead holds!