I have a personal practice that I like to engage in each year around this time of year… I like to reflect on the year and set an intention for the coming year. Typically, I think about what I struggled with and feel I would benefit from incorporating. For 2019, I chose the word enough and have to say this was an amazing word for me. I typically do “all the things” and have felt a lot of pressure to always take on more and more ideas. Choosing this word allowed me to give myself permission to stop taking things on and just focus on what already is in my life. It has been a gift and from that space I created for myself, I have become even more solid in my goals for the coming year!
Since I have posted several times about this in the past, I thought it would be helpful to share those blogs again here rather than saying all the same things again!
Here are my previous posts on the topic:
Currently, I have been contemplating my word for 2020. As the mother of a toddler and business owner, I have thought about the word patience for sure as well as words like calm, peace, etc. I am also mulling over ways to help encourage myself and my family to reduce and use our resources more effectively. However, I am leaning more towards a word that helps describe my goal to be more intentional with how I spend and use my time. In reflecting further, I have noticed that I have a tendency to focus more on measurable goals or linear results for myself and my business and while these are important for sure, and definitely contribute to my business's success, it can prevent me from focusing on what matters most. To me, this is my relationships and enjoying my time with those around me, clients, employees, or my family and friends. I want to lean into growth in a more sustainable and enjoyable way by choosing my word for this year to help me focus on growth without linear results.
For 2020, I have finally chosen the word, nurture, to help me focus on my goal to continue fostering growth in my family, myself, and my business. I want to focus on how I can nurture myself and others in all the areas of my life. Plus, this word resonates with my goal to continue using my words from past years to continue growing and learning in my life (enough, gratitude, faith, strength, balance).
Thank you all for reading! This is one of my favorite personal practices that my clients also seem to enjoy. I hope you enjoy it as well!
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