23 Oct My ‘Word’ For 2018
As I am beginning to see posts about Christmas being ‘just around the corner’, it has really made me reflect on the year that has been and how I have honoured my commitments to myself and ‘my word’, not a new year’s resolution. My word for 2017 is ‘present’, to me this represented the meaning of being more present with my husband, children, friends and myself. I found the need to unplug and disconnect from distractions and practise being more wholeheartedly in the moment, whether this being in conversations and really listening, playing with my children, discussing the challenges of the day and also present with myself and my own thoughts, values and needs.
So far, I have reasonably managed to do this, it’s actually really hard and something I need to consciously focus and retrain myself to do. Why? For me, it’s the easy habitual distractions I have become unaware that I even do, such as replying to instant messages and breaking the present moment by glancing at my phone, which then takes me off track and out of the moment.
It’s amazing how much, when I observe and people watch (not the freaky kind), how we have all become second to the mobile phone, our kids, friends, family and even ourselves. We will take ourselves out of a really important moment to check our messages, Facebook, and emails and in that instance, miss some of life’s most precious moments.
This was one of my driving forces behind my word of the year, and yes, just because it’s not next years, it is something I have had a year to re-wire my brain to do, so will keep practising and continue to carry forward. To sum up my wholehearted imperfect year, this is Brene’s The Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto which is brilliant and I had to share with you all, I highly recommend you print for yourself from:
Have you had a chance to think about your word for 2018?
Well mine is ‘be brave’.
2018 is a huge year for our family as my daughter starts school and I commence a new business venture (I’ll share more, once it’s all in momentum), both which require us to put on our big girl pants, be brave, vulnerable and courageous. To help me with this, I have been reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. Apart from the manifesto above, my new parenting philosophy, this one is my business philosophy, both being my compass and road map for 2018!