A couple years ago I was sitting on my living room floor of my one bedroom, Saint Paul apartment on Jan 1st, 2014. I was trying to decide how this year was going to be different. What did I desire this year? What did I want to accomplish? How did I want to feel? How was I going make this year THE year? These thoughts were circling round and round through my head and very suddenly turned from excitement to overwhelm.
I wanted to be excited about the year ahead – 2014 the year of endless possibilities! I didn’t want this to be another year that I made an awesome blueprint for my life only to not follow through on any of my goals.
I knew goals were important, due dates were essential for me, and vision board creation was easily an added plus in my book to get my creativity flowing and to bring my dreams to life in living color.
I then came across an idea which I hadn’t heard before, the one word year. I decided I was going to make 2014 the year of the ONE WORD rule.
What’s the one word rule? Well, many of you have actually probably heard of it by now, but in a nutshell, you think about what you want your upcoming year to look like. You go through your goals, your feelings, your dreams, and you think about a single word. What word encompasses all of that? What word defines what you want most out of life for that year? What is essentially your theme of the year going to be?
I LOVE this idea! Don’t get me wrong, I’m a lover of all things goal setting, vision board making, and dreaming type of woman, but why not find a word to capture all those aspirations of your heart in the upcoming year? It will make it easy to remember and proves to be such a guiding nature in so many decisions you make throughout your year.
My first word of the year in 2014 was CHANCE. I wanted to take a chance on things, experience life in ways I had talked myself out of in the past. Why not just take a CHANCE, right?
My word for last year was INTENTION. I fully committed to having an intention behind all that I do. Time and people and my dreams are all extremely important to me. I want to be intentional with how I chose to spend it. And I must say, 2015 was a pretty incredible year of connections, growth, & change that I was not anticipating.
So what’s my word and theme for this year? This year, 2016, my word is IMPERFECTION. It took me awhile to fully commit and decide on this word for the year. I had so many areas I wanted to focus on, but when it came down to it, embracing imperfection captured it ALL. I don’t want to wait on my dreams until I have the perfect plan. I don’t want to wait on bringing up a conversation until I have the perfect words to say. I don’t want to wait on experiencing all life has to offer until I have the perfect situation in place. IMPERFECTION. I’m fully embracing this for the year. It’s already 18 days in to January and it’s never felt more me!
We all have our imperfections. We have our cracks, our bruises, our holes, and sometimes that makes us feel extremely inadequate doesn’t it? I know I feel that way. A LOT. I wish for so many things to be perfect. But you know what I’ve realized? Those cracks and holes you have – that’s what makes you unique. That’s what makes you, you. No one cracks the same way you do or experiences things the same way you do. No one overcomes difficulties and obstacles the way you do. Those cracks and holes allow your light to shine through and show the world who you really are! Your beautiful self, who is flawed in the most perfect way.
Embrace your imperfections. I AM. That is my word of the year and I’m so excited to see what this year holds! What about you? What’s your word of the year? I would LOVE to hear it so please share! It’s fun to pick it out and it provides incredible guidance throughout your year even if you aren’t the goal setting formal – write it down type of woman.
Let me know your word in the comments below! I can’t wait to hear what you pick out!
Hugs & Mochas,