It’s been a few years since I chose a word of the year. A word that would guide my choices. A word that would provide clarity when I felt lost.
Towards the end of December, around the same time “Set yourself up for your best year yet” Instagram captions, posts and notebooks start to hit shelves, I too began to think about what I wanted my new year to look like. I reflected on all I had tried, completed and failed at in 2019 – it was a lot. I noticed that most of the things I tried were a one-and-done situation or fizzled out at various stages of the year. As life continues to grow and change, I want to have good habits that will get me through those changes. Which brings me to my word of 2020:
Perhaps that first thing that comes to mind when hearing ‘sustain’ is environmental sustainability. It did for me; it’s where I got the idea. And environmental sustainability plays a big role in my life and I would like to continue to grow that area of my life. Outside of environmental issues, I want to create habits over the next year that are sustainable.
What does that look like for me?
- Reading every night before bed
- Scheduling monthly friend time
- Writing once a week
- Putting money away in savings
The goal of my goals (say that 5 times fast) is to create habits of ‘me time’ that I can sustain in the long term. In practice, this means also having realistic expectations and not biting more off than I can chew at a time, two things that do not come easily to me.
We’re 4 days into 2020 and I’d say so far so good. You can look for new blog posts about who knows what every Saturday. In the mean time, catch me on Instagram, mostly Instagram stories. There is where I most frequently share updates on what I’m reading, local-to-Nashville sustainability tips and pictures of my dog.
Happy New Year, friends. Here’s to making it a good one.