What Is Your Word for 2020?
Posted December 31, 2019 by Prairie Wife - 2 comments
Tomorrow will be the first day of 2020.
Several years ago I decided that rather than come up with a list of New Year’s Resolutions, I would focus on a theme for the year.
As the end of 2019 approached I found myself taking some time to reflect on my year, and how well I did focusing on my word, PAUSE.
I have without a doubt seen how that single word has made me a better person.
I am yelling at my children less and enjoying the pure fun and chaos of our life more.
I am making choices that align with what I truly want to do and who I truly want to be.
I am learning to say no.
I have faced my fears and said yes to new adventures.
I have stepped back from opportunities and people and I have grown.
In learning to PAUSE, I have seen so much that I have missed in the past.
As I thought about what I wanted for 2020 the perfect word came to me, HEAL.
To me, there are three parts to this word.
First, I have learned that I need to HEAL emotionally and spiritually from things that have happened to me in the past. I need to truly HEAL from past pain that continues to impact my relationships with others.
I already know that diving into this is going to be uncomfortable. That it is going to take a lot of work on my end and I will need to rely on my ability to pause before I react to truly HEAL.
I have hope that healing this emotional and spiritual hurt will allow me to have more honest relationships with family and friends.
Secondly, I want to help others to HEAL.
Over this last year of blogging and traveling across the state of Wyoming to share our message of grit and grace, I have seen so much pain.
As I have learned to PAUSE and truly listen to what others are saying I have seen anger, disappointment, and deep hurt.
Some of that pain I have caused, and some of it is just what happens as we live this life.
I want to find a way to help people to HEAL.
I want to offer strength and hope, compassion and joy.
Lastly, I want to HEAL physically.
Not a big deal right?
Except it has been.
I have an amazing Physical Therapist (and his team) and as of last week, I was cleared to run one mile, on a treadmill.
Do you hear angels singing?!
But, before I can move on to two miles, and then three and so on. I have to run one mile a few more times.
I have to consistently get to the gym 3 or more times a week (we don’t have a treadmill at our home).
And I am struggling.
I have become so used to being able to hit the dirt road outside the house for a quick run or go on a long snowshoe or take a long walk on the sidewalk at work…impromptu workouts if you will…that I am utterly overwhelmed with this new task.
In the last week, I have packed my gym bag twice with every intention of hitting the treadmill, only to end up skipping my run to take care of other responsibilities.
In 2020 I will stick to my scheduled workouts and renew my dedication to HEAL my body.
I can’t wait to see what this word brings to my life!
What will your word for 2020 be?
Need some help picking a word or theme?
Here are some things to consider.
- Write down things that you struggle with and see if there is an underlying theme.
- Is there a certain song, poem or book that has meaning for you? Is there a theme for you there?
- Is there a bible verse that has touched your heart this year?
- Chat with your friends and family, see what they think.
- Remember, you can pick positive words like JOY and HOPE and THANKFUL
- Don’t pick something that you are already good at, this is supposed to be a challenge!
Ways to stay focused on your word.
- Create a fun screen saver for your computer or wallpaper for your phone featuring your word.
- Find wall art at a local store or Etsy with your bible verse, word or theme and hang it up.
- Invest in a custom shirt, jewelry or hat with your word.
- Stick post-it notes with your word, theme or verse on your mirror to see as you begin each day.
- Purchase a journal and spend a little time each day or week reflecting on your theme.
- Create a 2020 playlist that has songs that help inspire you to focus on your theme, word, or bible verse.