I came across something yesterday that I have never heard of and I fell in love with the idea of it all. It really spoke to me because it went right along with how I feel about a particular subject-- New Year’s Resolutions. I hate them. They are ridiculous. I know not one single person--not one-- that has ever followed through with one—including myself. It goes right along with everyone saying at the end of the year how crappy that year was and how the next year is the year for them to rise up, take control of their lives, better themselves…you’ve heard the story. Then what happens at the end of the year? They say the same thing all over again. You know why it frustrates me? It frustrates me, not because I’m mean and think you are weak and am disappointed in my friends. It frustrates me because it gets to the point where I feel at a loss, and I’m not even the one going through it! I just don’t understand. I stopped New Year’s Resolutions years and years ago. I decided to quit lying to myself. What’s the point of putting something off until a specific day? If you are serious about a life change, you will make it. If you have a reason to wait, you have a reason to quit. Don’t give it to yourself. And all the big talk is a nice boost to stay positive, but follow through and take action! Don’t let one failure set you back. That’s like when someone is on a diet and eats something “bad” early in the day and then uses that as an excuse for a free-for-all the rest of the day. Your mind is your biggest enemy.
See how I get side tracked? I’m good at that. However, if you are reading this blog, this will be the last rant and rave you see on it. Here’s why: remember what I said about running across something yesterday? Well it can be found here. What it is called is Word of the Year. You pick a word for the year. It can be as off the wall as you want or as serious as you want. You can feel free to interpret as you want, but let that one word into your daily life. Really think about what that one word means to you. Incorporate it into your life and let it guide you. If things are spinning out of control, let it refocus you. Even if your word is silly, it can bring focus back to you. The lady that came up with it has some much better guidelines, but this is the interpretation that I’m running with to give Word of the Year meaning.
This is my word this year. This was the first thing I thought of. Maybe because the whole concept really inspired me in general, but also because it fits me well at this point in my life. I don’t mean I want to inspire everyone I come across. I mean, it would be nice to inspire one or two people (hey, everyone loves an ego boost every now and then!) ;) I mainly want to be inspired. I want to find inspiration in every day. Before I go to sleep every night, I want to be able to reflect and know that I have ALLOWED inspiration into my life that day. I’m not going to pretend I’m not an educated woman and have high-standards. That’s who I am. But that has its downfall. It may be my biggest weakness because I don’t think I let inspiration into my life and I think once I start this journey, I’m going to find that out.
So what does this have to do with no more rants and raves? I’ve decided that I want this blog to be a sanctuary of positivity only. I think that would be the best milieu for my word. Don’t expect my honesty to not still be there, though. I may voice advice or brief opinion, but I’m not going to voice hour long vents. I’m not saying I’ll stop that all-together, because I’m not looking to change me. I’m looking to add to me. So I’m moving my rants and raves over to another blog just for that. Frankly, I think it may be hilarious.
What about you? How do you feel about the Word of the Year idea? Any takers? ;)