Happy New Year, everyone! I’m back on the blog, and feeling regretful over recent missed blogging opportunities. Most bloggers do take some sort of hiatus over the holidays, but I’ve realized that this is actually a great time of year for the kind of posts I like to write: reflective, introspective, goal-oriented, habits-conscious. If only December weren’t also the prime time of year for other things! In December 2016 I resolve to get ahead of the chaos and schedule some extra posts in the last week of the year.
Over the past few years, I’ve gradually stopped making New Year’s Resolutions. Even though I love the idea of them, I’ve discovered that it’s much better for me to target goals seasonally. I don’t need or want to project my goals a whole year in advance; for one thing, I can’t predict where the year will take me, and for another, I’m always carrying my goals around with me in my head. Or in my heart. (Finish novel! Produce more nonfiction work! Get published! Make a podcast! Give interviews!) I don’t need a piece of paper stuck to the wall to remind me of what I want in life.
But there is one New Year’s tradition I love: picking a word to symbolize 2016.
The word is….
When I started thinking about my symbolic word, I knew I wanted something to project fearlessness. I considered “Risk,” because I do want to take more risks in my work life and maybe try some new things in my personal life. But the word didn’t sit well on my gut; my personality type assigns negative connotations to riskiness, and I didn’t feel like I could get past that. I also thought of “Bold,” because it has similar forward-thinking overtones, but I didn’t think it would help me if something unexpected crossed my path. “Brave” works on all fronts. It helps me identify things I’m afraid of, move forward despite the fear, and helps me cope with challenges I didn’t anticipate.
I’ve had varying success with past years’ words. My first, in 2014, was “Accept,” and that word got me through a lot, especially my cancer scare in February of that year. I have to admit, though, I can’t even recall 2015’s word, which I didn’t publish on this blog because I was transitioning to the new Words From The Sowul. (I can’t believe that was just under a year ago.) I think I told a friend or two what the word was, and I probably wrote it in my journal. But the point is that it didn’t work for me; I didn’t let it work for me.
I have high hopes for Brave. I tend to find that fear is the root of anything that holds me back in life, so I need a little Brave in my arsenal.
Do you choose a word for each year? If so, do you mind sharing it in the comments? I love to hear what people come up with! Alternately, of course, you can always tweet me your word to @sowulwords.
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