With a new year comes new revelations on how you want this year to be different than the last. Each year, most people reflect on the past year and think of things they want to change for the upcoming year. Many of us will set resolutions. These help us to stay on track with our goals, but after a few months, we will start to fade on working toward our goals... Many times this is because we get busy with the everyday hustle and bustle of life and tell ourselves "we will do it tomorrow." As we get closer to the end of January and into February, I begin to hear this phrase a lot more often from my family and friends. I know, life can get in the way of our goals and aspirations, but it's up to us to stick with it after those first 30 days have gone.
Change can happen, but commitment focus is necessary.
That's why this year I decided on a focus word. A focus word is a concept where you choose one word to "focus" on throughout the year rather than a long list of resolutions that never get finished. I chose the word nurture for 2017. This year I'm going to focus on nurturing my life through self-care, fitness, my relationship with God, and my relationships with family and friends.
It can be so easy to forgot how important it is to take care of ourselves in the high-paced world we live in. I know I have a difficult time doing it myself trying to juggle graduate school, a internship, and a research assistantship. That's why want to nurture my entire life this year. By striving to nurture my life, I want to focus on taking time each week to do something I enjoy. I plan to focus on reading my devotional daily and going to mass weekly. I plan to spend time at the gym focusing on my health and new fitness goals, not the list of things I need to do when I leave. I am going to focus on my relationships by calling my parents and family more, along with trying to be better about keeping up with friends.
By choosing a focus word, I don't have an "end" I need to meet to complete my goals, rather my year is spent working toward a better me. One thing I came to realize this past year is our goals are not defined by 365 day intervals. They are a working process, just like our lives. Every step and stage we pass through to achieve our goal, is much more important than finishing it by the end of the year. I think it's so important that we remember every step, however small, is better than no steps at all. That's why I think a focus word is so important in our lives. It keeps us centered and focused on the process, rather than the end result.
Stop by the shoppe this week and check out all of our agendas, calendars, notepads, and journals to help you stay on track and document all the progress you'll make on becoming a better you! I hope this inspires you to stick with your goals this year.