In 2011 I ditched the usual list of new year's resolutions and replaced it with a single word for the year. A motto of sorts, if you wish; like a golden thread or constant reminder of where I wanted to go and how I wanted to grow. My word for 2011 was "challenge", and challenged I was in many ways: I ran my first marathon (and loved it!); visited a foreign country (where I couldn't speak or understand the language) all on my own; quit my job in the mining industry and moved to a completely different sector (excellent decision, in retrospect); spent eight months living and working almost 500 km away from my hubby; and spent the first seven months of my pregnancy working on a construction site with my hubby almost 500 km away. These, plus a whole bunch of smaller day-to-day challenges, really nudged me out of my comfort zone and kept reminding me to just keep on believing. Something to definitely keep building on in future.
Finding a new word or theme for 2012 has proven to be quite difficult, as 2012 will bring with it a whole array of firsts and uncertainties: It will be the year in which I become a mom for the very first time. I may or may not be out of a job after my maternity leave, come June. I will get back into running after a 9 month+ break. I will live in a new city and make new friends. The question therefore is: How do I want to handle all of this? In which direction do I want to grow? Which lead me to the perfect motto for the new year: CHOOSE.
- Choose to stop and think before I react or speak.
- Choose to get out the door and go for a run instead of sitting on my bum, knowing that it will make me feel so much better.
- Choose to keep quiet when my opinion isn't required.
- Choose to not eat that third piece of chocolate. One or two is ample.
- Choose to forgive and let go; for my own sake.
- Choose to reach out and make a difference.
- Choose to make time to invest in relationships.
- Choose to start out slowly and not rush into things and get injured.
- Choose to accept help when it is offered and needed.
- Choose to listen to my body.
- Choose to be thankful for what I have.
- Choose to be content.
- Choose to speak life.
- Choose to relax and take a break when needed.
- Choose to be happy.
- Choose to find joy in the small things.
- Choose to see the bigger picture.
- Choose not to take myself too seriously.
- And choose to give life all I've got. And be satisfied with the effort.
So many choices. And they're all mine to make in the year ahead!