Happy New Year friends! Here on the blog, I don’t often share very much of my personal life … but every January, I do like to choose a word of the year as a way of setting my intentions for the year ahead. It’s less of a resolution and more of a mantra or a daily reminder of how I’d like to grow – personally, professionally, and as a wife and mother!
I’ve been ping-ponging several ideas around in my head for a few weeks now … but 2020 feels like such a monumental year … which calls for a monumental word. I try to make sure that I’m using a new word each year, but this year I keep returning to the idea of being present, which was my word for 2018. So without shame … because it is a monumental word and an area that I very much still need to work on … my word for 2020 is Present.
While searching the web for the perfect phrasing for my infographic, though, I stumbled upon this quote:
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. -Henry David Thoreau
I’ve been coming across Thoreau everywhere lately … books, pinterest, instagram, newspaper articles … which almost feels like the universe is trying to hit me over the head with something, and it just might be the inspiration for this year’s mantra. To me, this quote means to seize opportunity whenever you can, but to remember to seek out the stillness, breath, and purpose – along with the small joys in life – along the way. Pretty lofty and monumental goals for the decade ahead!
So, my humble goal for the year is to practice being present. To calm my ever-multi-tasking-monkey-mind and truly focus on whatever task is at hand … even if its just breathing. To quote my-2018-self:
Hopefully, the practice of being present … without guilt or distraction … will help take a bit of the chaos out of the picture and maybe increase true productivity, as opposed to just the appearance or busyness of it.
Wishing you and yours a new year filled with health and prosperity … and finding joy in the small, unexpected corners of your life. Happy 2020!