I stumbled upon amazing Ali Edwards a few years ago. The intentionality in choosing a word at the beginning of every year intrigued me. To find out more about the One Little Word Project and Ali's accompanying workshop click here or here. It's about finding your word for the year. Getting found by it sometimes. And seeing where it leads. Letting your year be influenced by it.
2017's word for me was grow. Oh man. That word was so perfect, although I didn't know that in January. For me, grow also meant growing roots, immersing myself in this city, building lasting relationships, finding a home (in myself) and a community. It took until May 2017 to let the word lead and explore where I need to go. But this is not 2017 anymore and maybe I will tell that story and how it unfolded on another occasion here on the blog.
2018 is here. The word I picked is:
The most fitting definition of the word I found in the Oxford Dictionary and what I want to integrate into my life this year is the following
*a period or interval of inactivity, repose, solitude, or tranquillity:
*mental or spiritual calm
This year I am ready for more ease, settling into the new reality I have made for myself. Ready for going inward, taking more care of my body and my soul. Doing the things that make me come alive, although balancing that out with the stress and hectic of everyday life. Choosing calm and slow over fast and easy.
I am not sure what this year may look like. I envision it in terms of doing more things at home like, inviting friends, having cute and easy gatherings, having enough time to meditate and do yoga. I'd love to read more books and to evolve as a person. But you never know what the year brings. I am excited and curious what 2018 has in store for me. I bet it will be fun to reflect back on this word in December.
Until then... Have you picked a word? What does it mean to you? Let me know in the comments section! I'd love to know :)