I love the clean slate feeling of starting a new calendar year. As you know, I don’t make resolutions, but choose a word of the year to guide me. I’ve been doing this for several years now, and it works so much better for me than resolutions. I think it’s because I don’t like the boxed in feeling of concrete resolutions. If I miss a day or a task towards my resolution, it feels like failure. A guiding word feels more gentle and flexible.
My Word of the Year: LEAP
Usually it takes a few weeks of contemplation to find a word that resonates with me. LEAP came to me back in November as I was being treated to a much needed massage. I decided in September or October that I would treat myself to a monthly massage as part of my self-care. To make sure I would actually do it, I signed up for a monthly program. I am currently two months behind, but my plan is to get two this month!
But I digress. As I laid in on that massage table while my massage therapist rubbed my tight muscles into a pile of goo, I thought about all the different things I’d done in 2014. The freshest memory was winning the Wells Fargo Pitch contest at Blogalicious. Entering the competition was a big leap for me. I’m slightly risk averse–it’s my practical nature. I like to make sure everything is planned out, which can be a detriment if I never leave the planning stage. But thanks to some prodding from my husband and friends, I took the leap and entered.
I’m taking the leap and launching Bawdy Bookworms in a few months. A new business and community that makes me tingle with excitement (and fear) every time I think about it. That’s my big leap for this quarter. I have no idea what 2015 will bring, but I promise myself I would take more chances.
Isn’t the saying, “Leap and the net will appear”?
My track record is pretty good so far. Leaping can be scary, but with the support of my family and my friends, I can do it.
Did you choose a word for 2015?