For the last several years I’ve noticed more and more of my friends dedicating their year to a word or phrase, in lieu or in addition to resolutions and specific goals. I’ve always seen it to be a little cheesy, but this year it struck me that almost all of my personal shortcomings in 2016 can be attributed to one word; fear. I didn’t apply for grad school, (or even take the GRE), investigate starting a curated boutique (a dream of mine), or hardly even start this very blog in 2016, all because I was afraid of what would actually happen, of how my life would change. I truly am equally as fearful of success as I am failure.
At the same time that I feel completely frozen by fear and unable to move forward, I am unwilling to face the potential for failure. Somehow this meant that nearly every single goal I put forth for myself in 2016 went more or less unaccomplished, if it was even touched at all.
So, for the first time ever, along with setting some goals for myself for this year, I am dedicating this year and all the decisions I make along the way to one word; fearless. *cue Taylor Swift*. I am dedicating myself to making decisions that are no longer based out of fear, but instead reflect my true heart and my serious resolutions. Decisions that move me from a place of consistent complacency into a position of true change and fulfillment. I’ll finally learn some coding, find more creative outlets like lettering and cooking and put away the constant scrolling for more than a few minutes of the time, while continually pushing my body to run farther and be more mindful. Plus I’ll finish planning our wedding and am scheduled to travel for work like 20 times in 2017, but I’m looking forward to that constant push that fulfillment gives you. The stamina that satisfaction brings. The thrill of the side hustle that makes all your hours more sincere.
I’m ready to face 2017 with laser focus, hope you’re along for the ride.