Happy New Year you guys!
2018 was full of ups and downs. While the new calendar year is a completely arbitrary date, I’m choosing to ride the collective momentum towards growth and change this time of year to refocus my energy.
2019 no longer feels like a blank slate, but there’s still time for it to be a year of learning new skills, deepening relationships, adventure, increased self-awareness, and savoring all the feelings.
I taught a journaling workshop at Kripalu over New Year’s Eve. One of the prompts was choosing words of the year to focus on. I guided them to distill their 2019 goals and desires down to a few words. Perhaps you’d like to try that too?
- Reflect on what did work in 2018 - where did you feel most supported? What are you most proud of? What was most challenging? What did you learn from that? What are you ready to let go of from the past year?
- Then, day dream about 2019 a bit - journaling your answers to these questions: How to you want to feel in each area of your life from career, to family, to home, to friends, etc.? What skills and habits would you need to develop to help you feel that way? What or who do you need to feel supported?
Before committing to a word or two of the year, really sit with it and decide how the word feels to you. Look it up in the dictionary. See if there’s an alternative word in the thesaurus that feels better. Say it out loud in a sentence, write it in a text or on a post-it note.
Here are my words for the year (please hold me accountable). Feel free to use them if these resonate with you or as inspiration for finding your own.