I continue to be amazed at the power of selecting a single word to focus and meditate on for the year. This will be the third year I’ve done this, and I truly believe in the power of this simple little exercise.
My first year, my word was ‘Contentment‘. I spent the year working on finding and cultivating contentment in my life and in my heart. I worked on being happy today, rather than constantly looking to what will come. At the same time, I learned how to have goals and dreams without letting the desire to reach them cloud out the good that is in the now. I learned and grew so much that year. I actually feel like that was a transformative year for me, one in which I really began to find myself.
Last year, my word was ‘Intention‘. I wanted to be more intentional in the things I did everyday. I worked on being better about managing our family budget in ways that will help us reach our goals more efficiently. I strove for intentionally being present with my family rather than always distracted. In general, I worked to spend my time on things that fulfill me and bring me happiness rather than on the things that drain me.
While last year was a good one, I did begin to overfill my plate late in the year. I started a new business and as all new businesses do, this one required a great deal of my time and attention. It’s all great, but now I need to become intentional about balancing it all.
Which brings me to my 2017 word. Balance.
2017: Year of Balance
The word came to me one day, all at once like a blast of air. That’s how it tends to happen for me. I’ll be doing something menial and my mind will wander, and an idea or important thought will just hit me.
When ‘balance’ came to me, I was working on setting up my planner and bullet journal for 2017. I happened to notice that the first day of the year was on a Sunday. Something about the first day of the year being on the first day of the week felt so settling and balanced to me. I was struck by how much that affected me. I just had this feeling of deep satisfaction, like the year ahead was already starting off on the right foot. The thought kept coming back to me, and I couldn’t shake this feeling that there was something there. Something about that feeling of balance that gave me comfort and peace.
When I couldn’t get this out of my head after a few days, I realized I must be really craving balance. Otherwise, why would something to seemingly insignificant affect me so profoundly?
It makes perfect sense, although I didn’t see it until the calendar put it right in front of my face. I do need to regain balance. I know what can happen when I let myself focus too heavily on a single thing. I fall down the rabbit hole and, before I know it, it all collapses on top of me. It’s happened before.
But not this time. No, this time I will keep my footing. And I’ll make sacrifices, find ways to be more efficient, and make time for self-care in order to regain and maintain balance. I wrote about finding balance as a working mom almost a year ago. It’s time to revisit and follow my own advice. I hope you’ll join me as I share my Year of Balance here on the blog.
What are you focusing on for 2017?