Have you heard of the #OneWord365 movement? I discovered it a few years ago and it has completely rattled me with its simplicity and power to actually make change.
The general idea is that – instead of making a long list of New Years resolutions – you choose one word to live out for an entire year.
In 2013, I chose Heart. That was the year I opened myself up to love.
In 2014, although I didn’t blog about it, I chose Breathe. I was moving a little too fast and needed to stop and simply be for a while. That worked for a while but life came crashing down around me and I definitely go derailed in the middle of the year.
This year, I knew immediately what my word would be and I knew I didn’t want to stop living it, no matter what the world threw at me in 2015.
I chose it while laying in bed after throwing my back out. I could hardly walk, I couldn’t work, and I was questioning everything. I knew there was only one word that made sense…
From Merriam Webster:
Everything about this word embodied what I needed to do this year. I needed to take control. Change is good but it needed to be on my terms. I needed to work on my physical stability so that my back pain wasn’t dictating how I live my life. And I definitely needed to focus on my mental and emotional strength.
I didn’t really plan to buy a house, but I wasn’t afraid to do it because – after all – isn’t that part of making myself feel stable again too? Putting down roots and knowing I’m staying in one place for a while?
I returned to my word last night as I was feeling guilty for simply relaxing instead of tackling another to do list. And then I realized that I needed to focus on my word again. The last few months I’ve let outside forces dictate my decisions for me. My back is sore again and I feel a little like I’m on the verge of a meltdown at every moment.
As soon as I remembered my word, I took a deep breathe and realized as long as I was living my word, I’d be fine.
Even as I refocus on my 2015 word, I’m starting to think about what next year could bring. What do I want 2016 to be remembered for?