At the beginning of each year I chose a word for the year. This word is something that I keep in mind often and it’s always a word that will help improve my life some way over the next 366 (yay for leap year) days. Some years it takes a while to chose a word of the year, this year was different. On New Years Eve when I first thought about chosing a word for 2016, the word immediately popped into my head! Strength.
Strength is my word for 2016 for so many reasons. Physically, mentally, socially. intellectually, are the areas that first come to mind when I think about the word strength.
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I’m starting 2016 102 pounds lighter, feeling better than I have in over a decade and with new, healthy habits that are only enhancing my life in positive ways. Since September I’ve been working out five days a week, 1 of those days with a trainer and not only have I been burning insane amounts of fat, but I’ve also gained a bunch of muscle. It feels so good to feel strong and I’m excited to continue on this path. I know that I’ll have loose skin, as that’s just something that comes along with extreme weightloss. But, as long as I know that I’m building up my strength and my muscles, I’m happy!
Strengthening my social skills (and life) is something that seems strange to me and might to those who know me as well. As much as I love to be out with friends and family, have some drinks and chat away, I am truly an introvert in many ways. Oftentimes it’s a struggle for me to talk myself into actually going to book club, or taking a friend up on an offer to go for lunch, dinner/coffee, etc. It’s strange to me because I love book club and I love sitting and chatting with my friends or having a meal with them. That time is something that I crave, but at the same time, my brain tells me “just stay home, what if something/one makes you uncomfortable?”. This year I’m going to work hard at ignoring that little voice inside my head. I’ll be honest, after losing the weight my confidence is much better and that is already helping me to be more comfortable in social situations.
My hope is that some of my friendships will be strengthened as well. There are some friends who I really enjoy spending time with and would like to get to know better. And there are a couple of my very, very close friends that I’d really like to be able to spend more time with this year. My best friend and I haven’t seen each other in 4 or 5 years and I miss her terribly. Hopefully that’ll be another one of the changes this year and we’ll be able to make time to see each other!
The plan is to read more this year and stimulate myself intellectually, as often as I have time to. I’d ultimately love to go back to school, but this isn’t the right time. Still I’d like to focus on learning and pushing myself to read much more than I did last year. There are so many subjects out there that I know about, but would love to learn more. My reading goals this year will definitely include some books that aren’t “fun” reads, but rather educational reads. Even if it’s a bear to get through them. After being out of school for so many years, I feel a strong desire to learn again. In every day life I feel like I’m learning new things about parenting, relationships, etc but I want to learn more!
There’s a chance I’ll share a progress report here and there about my word of the year. I’m excited to start 2016 off on such a positive note, knowing that I’m motivated, excited and feeling better than ever.
What is your word of the year? Are you striving to make some big changes? I’d love to hear!