My 2018 Word of the Year is...Mindful

Several years ago, I began choosing a single word to guide me through my year's goals and dreams.  While I still set my large goals for the year (similar to New Year's Resolutions) and create a vision board along with action boards to break down the large goals, I find that I can often include all of my goals, in some way, within one single word or theme.  In 2017, I chose the word, Healthy.  This year, my 2018 Word of the Year is:  Mindful. 

 How did I choose my word or theme of the year for 2018?

Choosing a word or theme of the year involves answering a few basic questions.  

What was missing from my life in 2017?

What does my life need more of in 2018?  

What goals do I prioritize higher than the rest in 2018?  

 What is a one word resolution to guide me in meeting my goals this year?

I have selected the word MINDFUL for the New Year.
Why have I chosen to make Mindful my 2018 Word of the Year? 
-I tend to be stressed, negative, overwhelmed and worn down.  Too. Often.  Much of this is because I spend so much time worrying about the future, about the never-ending to-do lists and about accomplishing all of the day's task or getting from point a to point b as quickly as possible.  

I am not getting any younger--and there is no magic, fountain of youth adding more years to my life.
 It's time to focus on putting more life in my years now.  
In the present.
-It is time for me to become more aware.  Of Everything. More aware of my own health and well-being, more mindful of my lifestyle choices, more aware of my attitude and my impact on the people and the world around me.  It's time to come to terms with the impact that the people and world around me have on me as well.
-Targets and goals are useless if I am not physically or emotionally present in my life to work toward them.  I feel like I have been on autopilot too often over the past several years.  
It is time for me to put me back into the driver's seat on this journey!
-A mindful attitude leads to a more productive life.  By being more mindful, I am not planning to ignore the bad things and live in some fantasy, "everything is wonderful" existence.  While I do believe in the power of positive thinking, I also plan to be mindful of both the good and the bad ups and downs of my days.  By being more aware and putting myself back into control of my days--I hope to learn much more from the negatives and make the changes needed to correct them (or remove them) in my life.
-When I looked at my New Year's Resolutions--I realized that the ones I prioritize are different this year.  More family time, more couple time, more work on that bucket list that lives in a shoe box in the closet.  I want less stress--but, I want more focus on the things that matter to me.  Not the things that matter to the world around me.  I want to be more mindful of my health for me and my family--not to look like a fitness model.    I want to reconnect to the aspects of my life that have been floating aimlessly or launched off onto auto-pilot.

I really believe that a more mindful me will be a more productive and successful me in all of the areas of my life..I will accomplish so much more with my days if I am mindful and fully present.

I will strive to be mindful in 2018.

I will strive to be aware of my emotions, my well-being, the energies around me and focus on living with life in my year--not just meandering through another year of my life

I have goals and dreams.  My family has goals and dreams--and I am excited to embark on my journey with a more mindful perspective in 2018

Have you chosen a word of the year?  We would love for your to share your word--or your most desired resolution!  
Have a wonderful and prosperous New Year!

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  1. Hi Angela... I can relate. Sounds like you are hyper aware of everything leading to worry and anxiety. I am like that. Mindfulness though can turn your awareness to acceptance I suppose, being aware of what's in front of you, not what's looming over you. I quite enjoyed your post, and hope this year brings much experience for you. My word is change. Accepting change, looking at the ways it influences me, acknowledging my fear of it, embracing the possible within it. Nice to meet you! LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color



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