My Word for 2013: Nourish

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It’s not quite 2013 yet, but I’ve been thinking about my word for the upcoming year.

Last year’s word Ask worked very well for me. I challenged myself to leave my comfort zone and ask for things. Like freelance jobs, teaching a cooking class and lots more. Before I could plan for 2013, I took a few moments to celebrate my accomplishments for 2012, thanks to the 2013 Incredible Year Workbook.  I like how the workbook helps me close out 2012 before I start planning for new, exciting happenings for the following year. It’s even more fun to close out my year sitting on the balcony of my cruise ship stateroom and a gorgeous view of Tortola.

I’ve done a lot of thinking about my intention for next year. I realized that I have been remiss when it comes to taking care of myself. I hardly getting any sleep, which makes me cranky during the day. I’m not eating healthy. I’m not physically active. My skin is breaking out. I’m stressed way too often. Something needs to change.

During the cruise, I went back and forth about treating myself to a massage at the Cloud 9 Spa. (I paid for it. Carnival was generous enough already.) Even with my discount, I felt guilty about spending the money on something so frivolous as a massage when we still had Christmas presents to buy. Finally on the last night of the cruise, I impulsively made an appointment for a massage and facial. For the next two hours before my appointment, I went back and forth. I shouldn’t get the massage. Yes, I deserve it. No, I don’t need it. And so on and so forth. I’m sure my husband was tired of wishy washy me.

In the end, I did go for my massage. I even enjoyed it. My massage therapist was going gangbusters on my the knots in my shoulders. As I lay in the semi-darkness, swaying in the ocean on the top deck of the Carnival Breeze, I had a revelation. I gave myself permission to take care of myself. It sounds a little obvious, but most moms can relate. Without realizing it, we put our families ahead of ourselves.

Thus my word for 2013: Nourish. 

I will nourish myself, not just emotionally and spiritually, but physically as well. When I take on new projects in 2013, I want them to make me happy, to nurture and nourish me.

I’m also taking a pledge to a healthier me in 2013. I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been. More importantly, I don’t feel healthy. Don’t worry, I still love my curves and my body. I want to be able to climb up 4 flights of stairs without having to catch my breath. I want to feel energetic when I wake up in the morning and when I take the kids to the park. I’m not sure what my detailed plans are for this pledge. I’m still working on it.

I will continue working on my 2013 Incredible Year Workbook and work on my goals and action steps for next year. Because those goals are going to nourish me.

Do you set an intention or word for the year?

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