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It was so much harder for me to sit down and write this post than I was expecting. I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to say, and when I sat down to write it, it didn’t flow like I was expecting. Which is exactly why this is hitting the internet several days later than I anticipated—oops!
In the past, I’ve loved starting my year with a post on my new year’s resolutions or intentions, but after reading mine from last year and realizing, I’d quickly forgotten them, I wanted to try something new this year. Instead of a list of goals, I decided to pick a word for the year! I know this isn’t a new thing and a bunch of you probably already do this, but it’s new for me!
But, landing on the perfect word? A little tougher than I expected. The first word that came to my heart was abundance. I love this word! Yes, it means more of something, but to me it meant more joy (less fear), more success (less stress), more gratitude (less worry), more peace (less stuff). You get the picture—I want life to feel abundant, easy and grace-filled. I mean, who doesn’t?!
Then the word alignment fell heavy on my heart. Because, to live an abundant life, first, I need to be aligned with gratitude, love and joy in my everyday life.
So, my word for the year is alignment and I love it.
Both of these words are top of mind as I head into a new year, but alignment felt like the precursor to abundance, and at the same time, I think they can happen simultaneously, so let’s do this thing!
How I Plan to Live this Out
Create Daily Rituals to Keep Me Aligned
For the past few weeks, maybe a month and a half, I’ve made journaling a regular thing. I start with what I’m grateful for, then move onto what I want to see happen in my life and why. I always include how these things will make me feel—it really helps get to the root of what my desires are. Lastly, I write 3 actionable items I can do to move the needle forward.
This week, I’ve picked up meditating again, and really hope to make this a daily practice. It’s something I’ve tried to do for years, but have struggled to stick with. I think having a real reason—staying aligned with my vision for our lives—to sit down in silence each day will help keep me motivated. I use Headspace and I’m currently doing the “Happiness” pack and I really love it!
I’ve been reading Gabby Bernstein’s The Universe Has Your Back and have realized that I look at so many things in my life through the lens of fear. Fear of failure, fear that I’m not good enough, fear of what people will think if I do something different—the list goes on. This book has helped shift my perspective on nearly everything in life. Instead of fear-based thinking, I *try* to look at all things through love and guys, it is life-changing.
Strategically Plan My Goals
In the past, I mentioned that I’d write a list of things I wanted to accomplish this year in a blog post and then sorta forget about It. This year, I invested in the Cultivate What Matters planner (as well as the Day Designer for daily tasks). This planner isn’t a daily planner, hence the need for a daily one, but instead is a GOALS planner. It forces you to dive deep on what really matters to you through a series of questions, exercises, etc. and helps to prioritize your goals and break them down into more actionable steps. It’s basically what I always want to do, but didn’t have a good system for.
I’m giving myself a few hours this afternoon with no distractions to really dive in and go deep—it’s exciting and interesting to learn more about yourself through this practice and I couldn’t recommend it more if you’re like me and struggle with making your big picture ideas into reality.
Lifestyle That Supports the Way I Want to Feel
After the holidays, I felt so sluggish, admittedly, still coming out of that hibernation phase. I ate all the things I normally don’t, and a few weeks in, I was feeling the effects—tired, blah and unmotivated.
So I let my healthy eating habits go to the wayside, but why? I realized that the easiest way to stay motivated is to remind myself that by choosing the healthier options, I support my goal of feeling my best.
Another thing that’s weirdly brought me immense joy these past two weeks? Purging our home of excess stuff that we don’t need, re-organizing and deep cleaning. I’ve almost completely swapped out every cleaning product in our home to something cleaner and safer and it makes me so happy! I don’t even get frustrated when it’s time to clean, because it just makes me joyful to know I’m doing something good for my family.
I’m always excited about a new year, but for whatever reason, maybe because it’s a new decade, this year feels infinitely different. I feel more focused and more confident in what I want to achieve this year.
Overall, I just feel like 2020 is going to be freaking amazing!
I can’t wait to see what “alignment” helps me to manifest in my life and can’t wait to see what the Universe has in store for me and my family this year!
On that note, cheers to a new year, to you and your family and to making this our best year yet! If you want to share, I’d love to hear what your word of the year or goals are in the comments!