The time between Christmas and New Year excites me. It may seem odd to some but I just love this week which for me is laced with anticipation.
I don’t like New Year’s Eve parties. The false anticipation that something is going to change as the clock strikes midnight.
I do however, love a new book. Cracking the spine and smelling the pages. My Kindle is my companion these days, but my love of books has simply transferred to notebooks, journals and books with blank pages. A new year is like a book of blank pages. 365 days of opportunity to be in charge of your life.
Five years ago I was certainly not in charge of my life. In fact I was juggling so much and lost focus and balance in a huge way.
I changed my life and sitting here today I can say that I am happy. Today I feel strong and in control of my life.
A Word for the Year
I said goodbye to New Year’s resolutions, and instead for the last 5 years I have chosen a word for each year.
This strategy has been core to the changes and most of all improvements I have made in my life.
My first word was balance and I tried a few techniques to incorporate balance into my life. It worked in a big way across all areas of my life even on my core balance which wasn’t in my mind at the time. I ended the year being able to stand on one leg!
The second year I chose the word change and again used the simple techniques to incorporate it into my life. By April of that year – only four months in – my life had changed to such an extent that there was little that hasn’t changed.
Discipline was my word the following year, and this simple word focussed on areas of my life that needed strengthening. It wasn’t an easy year, but it was a year of small changes that made big differences.
After those three years I needed a word that would feed my soul. I have always been creative (I honestly believe that we all are), but I had been neglecting my creative side. Creative – what a beautiful and fun word to have. I started my blog, I got my paint brushes out, and I started teaching crafts again. Most of all though – I fed my soul. (I also started writing my book)
There are two types of people in the world – big picture people and detail people. I would definitely fall into the category of a big picture person. My career as a marketing strategist and an entrepreneur was all about big thinking, but detail was always my weakness. For 2016 I chose detail as my word. I needed this word – I really did! I have been through a transition this year and putting a focus on detail has been essential. I am so glad I chose it!
I also have a powerful word that has become an overriding word in my life and that is Fabulous. Regular readers of the blog will know how much I love this word and what it means to me.
What will I choose as my world of the year for 2017?
During this reflective time I am again contemplating which word I will pick for 2017. I know this programme works and I am excited to be sharing it with members of the Fabulous Woman group on Facebook. Join me for a Facebook Live video every night and am delighted to be sharing this special planning time with people from all over the world. It was exciting to see people popping up from America, South Africa, Ireland, Germany, Scotland and more.
I will be back in a couple of days to share my word for 2017. If you would like to join me on this journey please feel free to join the Facebook Group (only girls allowed), my page on Facebook and by subscribing to the blog.
I am excited!
Thank you for reading.