I can’t believe I’m in my third year of picking a word for the year, a concept originally created by Ali Edwards. I had never heard of this before joining the world of blogging and Instagram.
I love the idea of picking a word so much more than having resolutions. New Years Resolutions just don’t stick for me, or maybe it’s more just laziness on my part (HAHA!). But there’s something so awesome about picking a word and having that word guide you through the year, that is, if you pick the right word and pick one that means something to you.
CREATE was my word for 2018 and, well, it didn’t work out well for me and I pretty much gave up on it by June.
Where I went wrong
First, I used the same word two years in a row. I kept my 2017 word because I didn’t feel like I did it justice. But really, being creative and wanting to create is at the foundation of everything I love to do and want to continue doing, but it wasn’t what I needed in 2018. In fact, if I had to pick a word that overall describes what I feel like I’m meant to do, CREATE would probably be it and it still is today.
So while that word is still one I hold dear, that’s what I needed to really focus on in 2017 when I started diving into sharing more what I create on social media. My goals and dreams changed from 2017 to 2018 and I refused to let go of that word simply because I felt like the word was me. It is, but it’s not what I needed in a word for the year.
Second, I used my word to create mini monthly goals that built off of my word. Big mistake. It went something like this:
January – CREATE
February – CREATE BALANCE
March – CREATE OPPORTUNITIES
April – CREATE FOCUS
May – CREATE TIME
Listing them out is pretty much as far as I got and I never even fully explored any of those after writing them out. I just thought it would be neat to have all these mini goals, but really it was just too much to focus on and actually made me do the opposite.
I actually stopped creating. I went about 10 months between blog posts, YouTube videos were sporadic at best for about 6 months and I reached a point where I was just forcing myself to create things to share on Instagram. Creating wasn’t fun because I had put too much pressure on myself with all those mini goals. I literally took the fun out of creating.
What can I say? I tend to complicate and overthink things. It comes quite naturally 😉
I’m sure there will be times this year where I complicate my word for the year, but it’s something I’m working on and it’s supposed to be a journey, right?
Introducing my 2019 Word
Over the years, one thing I’ve noticed about myself is I mean well, but sometimes I have a hard time following through with things I’d like to actually do.
Simply put, in 2019, I want to be more:
What being Intentional means to me
There is actually a lot out there on intentional living and I read through several articles. I want to keep things simple for 2019 and I’d to stick to what it means to me.
And to me, in 2019, INTENTIONAL means:
- Guard my time better and be better about where my time goes.
- Live with a bit more purpose.
- Put down my phone and actually do things.
- Do things and make decisions because it’s what I want to do.
- Make time for things that matter to me.
- Being a bit more me in everything I do.
Some of those might seem vague, but at this point, I’m okay with that. I know what areas I would like to improve on and those may be small things at first. One aspect that comes to mind is I’ve always wanted to be that person that sends anniversary and birthday cards to close friends. But I never actually do because I forget or wait so long to actually do it, the day to mail it on time has passed. It’s really as easy as setting reminders in your planner. I mean for crying out loud, I have a planner Instagram account. You think I’d know how a planner works.
I’d like this year to be filled with little moments like that where I’m more INTENTIONAL in my actions and thoughts.
How I’m changing things up
I’m going to keep things simple this year and I’m NOT going to be making side goals with my word. It’s just too much and puts an odd pressure on myself to constantly be thinking of goals and making progress towards those instead of really focusing on my overall goals or heck, even enjoying things. In 2018, each of those mini goals didn’t really build on what I was working toward and that’s where I got in trouble with staying motivated.
I found a quote on Pinterest that completely sums up my thoughts on why I picked INTENTIONAL as my word of the year.
“Take back your life tomorrow by better managing your time tonight. Turn off the tv and internet. Sit down with a pen and paper. Write out what you want tomorrow and the rest of this week to be about. Then forge tomorrow and this week to accomplish that. That is living intentionally. That is manifesting. Everything else is wishing and hoping, a steady decline into mediocrity, the dead boring drumbeat of the reactive unconscious life.”
– Brendon Burchard (author of The Charge)
Between what INTENTIONAL means to me and this quote, I’m set to make 2019 the year of intent. And I’m pretty excited about it.
If you’re interested in following along on my 2019 – INTENTIONAL Pinterest board, it’s linked below! Do you pick a word for the year? Have resolutions you’re focusing on? I hope 2019 is your best year yet!
Happy New Year to all of you!