Choosing a “word for the year” was a new concept for me in 2018. This was one of the many personal development facets that came along with being an entrepreneur, and having my own business. In 2018 my word was CONSISTENCY. I was working hard to build a strong foundation for my business while I was pregnant. Working to develop a routine for Finn before our baby came. And so on and so forth.
I’m not one for New Years resolutions, so I was all over this concept. Choose a word for the year that sets the tone of what you want to work on during that year, what you want to remind yourself. I like to think of my word as an anchor. I love this visual in yoga, an anchor that I pull myself back to when my mind drifts during my practice. This word, this anchor, has become a mantra of sorts.
Something to know about me is that I like to be productive. It’s not that I don’t enjoy sitting and relaxing, it’s just that my gut “I have 30 minutes what do I do?” is to produce. I come from a long line of to-do listers, so it’s no surprise really. Producing things, whether it’s in the kitchen, for my business, writing a blog post - I like to check things off my list, I love that feeling of accomplishment. This is both a strength and a weakness. I am a hard worker, I can get s**t done, but I also can have a hard time slowing down and just enjoying a good book, a hot cup of tea or a tv show...without trying to do something else at the same time.
So, my word of the year...in the middle of the year.
Enough. Enough. Enough. ENOUGH.
This is my word, my anchor, my mantra. My head has been full of a whole lot of “shoulds” these last few months, as caring for my baby and my family has been my main priority. All of the other things I used to be able to fit in my day, the tangible things that I could check off a list, aren’t my main priority anymore.
This one word has been such a gift. When I find myself trying to put more on my plate, add more to my list, I tell myself enough. You are enough. You are doing enough. No need for more Sara!!
Some of the shoulds that creep in quite often...
I should post to my IG feed every day.
I should write more blog posts. I haven’t posted a recipe in forever.
I should feed Finn more fish.
I should do more live videos on Facebook and IG.
I should sing, talk and play with Rye more.
I should get outside and walk more. Ok this one I should do more.
I should post more about what Beautycounter has done for my life financially, socially, to my confidence, etc.
And the list goes on.
Don’t get me wrong, with all of these shoulds, and enoughs in my life, I am still accomplishing plenty...much more than I ever would have thought for my 4 month postpartum self! That's the thing...I’ve had so much internal fire and energy to write, to build, to share, to teach, to influence, to learn. I must have some crazy hormones that have fired me up with so many great ideas, and a ridiculous amount of energy...but simply not enough time in the day. Because sleep is a main priority, and that’s not changing.
So here I am, just trying to not add anything “extra” to my plate. No I don’t need to post to my IG feed everyday. Finn is eating plenty of fish. Rye is getting enough snuggles, eye contact and conversation. Practicing saying "no" to something that I don't 100% want to do is feeling incredibly good.
There will be a time in my life when I have the capacity to write and share all of my ideas and more. But this year, 2019, is not the year for that. This is the year for finding my groove. For figuring out how to balance kids, a home, an incredibly helpful husband, a booming business, family, friends, and me...without feeling like I always should be doing more.
How about you? Do you have a word for the year? Is this concept new to you? Please share in the comments!
Thanks as always for reading. You are my people and I love you!