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My Word of The Year – Growth

Happy New Year, friends!

Whether you were sprinkled with confetti in Times Square or cuddled up on the couch surrounded by kiddos, I hope that your New Year’s Eve celebrations were memorable.

It’s officially 2020 today, and there is nothing like the fresh start of a New Year to set some goals or intentions. While making New Year’s resolutions might seem like a cliché to some people, I’ve always really enjoyed the practice of setting positive intentions for the year ahead.

I have actually been working on my 2020 Goals and Intentions since early December in my PowerSheets Planner, but my word of the year has been hovering in my mind for much longer.

If you are new to PowerSheets or the selecting a word, Your Word of the Year sets an intention, or theme, for how you want your year to flow.

But before I dig into this years word of the year, I’d like to review my word of the year for 2019.

My 2019 Word of the Year- Nourish

I didn’t talk about it much here, because picking a word of the year, and using a goal setting system was all brand new to me, and I wasn’t sure it was something I wanted to share. I just wasn’t sure if it would be of interest, or if it would be something even worth sharing!

This time last year I choose “Nourish” as my word of the year, and I beleive it served me well. The reason I choose Nourish was because I wanted to:

  • Nourish relationships
  • Nourishing my well being, by making my health and fitness a priority
  • Cultivate this blog into a fulfilling and meaningful endeavor.
  • Get my grocery budget under control, because what happens every week at Wegmans is just craziness. (Didn’t really tie into my “nourish” theme but that nonsense needed to be addressed)

Generally speaking, nourish is usually used in reference to how we fuel our bodies, by what we eat and drink. But we can also nourish ourselves and acpects of our lives through doing the things we are passionate about and that makes us happy. Being a mother, farmer’s wife and business owner is hard work, and while I am happy doing it I found that I had ignored myself and some pretty important things in the process.

Looking back at where I was on January 1st of 2019 I can clearly seen I covered a lot of ground in the past 365 days.

I DID make my health and fitness a prority, and lost 40 lbs, got off my blood pressure medicine, AND ran my first 5k.

I strengthened my family relationships, specifically a difficult relationship with my strong willed child.

And while I didn’t accomplish all I set out to do, this blog languished untouched for longer than I care to admit, I focused on what was important at the time, and I am glad I did.

My 2020 Word of the Year- Growth

At some point a while ago, I had the realization that growth typically follows nourishment. Plants nourished by the sunshine typically grow and bloom . The word “growth” seems to acknowledge the progress I’ve made, while anticipating more things are yet to come.

I will do a deep dive into my goals for 2020, but in relation to my word of the year, I’d like to spend this year focusing on trying new things to expand my knowledge both professionally and personally. I’d like to push myself out of my comfort zone to discover and learn new things.

  • Personally, I’d like to grow my connection to the community I live in. I want to get involved and make new friends.
  • Physically I’d like to grow as a runner. I discovered last year I love running, this year I’d like to train more and do more events.
  • Professionally, I want to focus more of my time and energy here on this blog, and grow our community and the resources I can offer here.
  • As a homemaker, I want to refocus on blessing my family with a spirit-filled, happy, comfortable, neat, and enjoyable home.

Do you pick a word of the year?

I’d love to know what your word of the year is and why you chose it. Let’s chat about it here in the comments.

Happy New Year!

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