What a year it’s been. To say that I’ve experienced some high highs and low lows would be putting it mildly. I’m not one to wish away days, months, years, but I’m feeling very optimistic about what 2019 has in store compared to 2018.
In choosing my one little word for 2019 (wait, did you guys even know I’m into project life scrapbooking?), I took time to step back and think about what I want out of the new year. I tossed around a few words such as connect, grow, focus, stories and balance, but I kept coming back to one idea: that I needed to focus on what really matters and let everything else go.
And so, my one little word for 2019 is choose.
Why choose? Because I choose what to spend my time doing. I choose who to spend my time with (and who not to). I choose how to react to the big and little things. I choose light, love, laughter. I choose people who choose me. I choose to want less rather than to have more. I (hope to) choose to write over watching TV. I choose to see the good in people.
“I choose to let it define me, confine me, refine me, or I can choose to move on and leave it behind me” – unknown
I have a way of holding onto things that I should just let go of. If someone is rude to me, I carry that with me all day. If I’m hurt, I let it build up inside of me instead of talking it out–or crying it out, which is often the best fix for me. I read something recently that really stuck with me (I wish I remembered where I saw it). The writer, in speaking of her ability to choose how she reacts to problems, said she asks herself, “Real problem, or fake problem?”
Lightbulb, am I right?
Now, before I react, I ask myself that question. Someone was rude to me? Real problem, or fake problem? My son has been sitting at the dinner table for 45 minutes and still won’t touch his food? Real problem, or fake problem? Try it next time something comes up; it’s amazing how helpful it is in not only controlling how you react to a problem, but also in helping you to move passed it.
2019 will be my first year creating an album specifically for my one little word, and I look forward to seeing how it helps me to grow.
If you had to choose one word to guide you through 2019, what would it be?