Happy New Year, loves!
There are so many ways that folks go about the new year; resolutions, goals, or nothing at all. All are valid and there is no real right or wrong way to go into a new year. It truly just depends on you and how you want to approach it.
For me, I just have a hard time with making specific resolutions or goals. I do a lot better with specific things when I just do them as they come up as opposed to making a list of stuff for the beginning of the year. Honestly that is a little overwhelming for me, and as someone that suffers from anxiety I try to do as little as possible to get myself anxious.
That’s why I started doing a word for the year; I felt like giving the year a sort of theme with a word would be something that would leave it open enough for me but still would give me something to aspire to. My word for 2019 was ‘growth’ and looking back I can truly see how so many aspects of growth happened in my life, from my professional life, to my personal life within being a mother, a wife, and a friend, to even how I see and treat myself. I really wanted 2019 to be a year where I moved forward in so many aspects of my life that had previously scared me and I feel as though I accepted that challenge and ran with it. I can see so much growth within myself and I am endlessly proud of where I ended my year.
I thought long and hard about what word I wanted to give 2020, and the one that just kept coming up was JOY.
I want 2020 to be a year that I go into joyfully. A year where I find joy in the mundane, where I find joy within my life as it is before I think about where it would like to do. I want to have joy as I watch my children evolve this year, joy as I see where our sixth year of marriage takes Sean and I. I want to continue the joy that I find in blogging and writing and create even more and share even more of my story and thoughts and insight. I want to surround myself with people and institutions that bring me joy. I want to be a beacon of joy for the people I love, for my greater community, just for everyone that comes in my path.
2019 was a year where I discovered my purpose; 2020 is going to be a year where I take that purpose and spread joy with it to myself and others.