first off, thank you to each and every person who commented, texted, emailed and so on with congratulations and excitement over baby #2! we are excited, especially now that i’m feeling less like horrible ball of terribleness.
so, picking a word of the year. i’ve had zero motivation/energy to think of anything other than ‘which crackers are going to make me gag the least?’ this past month. now that my brain and body are back to functioning, i’ve been rolling around a few things in this ol’ noggin.
my word last year was ’embrace.’ i reread my article (is that weird?) about how to pick a word of the year. my mind kept swirling back to embrace but at the same time it sort of felt like i couldn’t pick the same word again.
um, says who?
i realized that embrace keeps floating around my head because i obviously still have some work to do around it. the other word that kept popping up – release. that’s telling, isn’t it? this year, i’m doing something a bit different. i’m going to focus on what needs to be released as well so that i can fully embrace my whole self and whole life.
i have yet to reread about why i picked the word for last year but here’s what i’m working to embrace this year:
embrace this pregnancy / release my expectations, many of which come from my last pregnancy and labor
embrace my changing body / release the media’s carefully crafted ‘message’ of what beauty looks like
embrace the full range of my toddler / release taking her tantrums and whining personally
embrace that my life looks different than planned / release what i pictured because my actual life is so much more dynamic
embrace that our marriage is active / release getting trapped in ‘how it used to be’
embrace that our life is different than a lot of people around us / release the socialization to live a traditional life
embrace that i have value to offer the world / release the notion that i can’t make money while also adding value
embrace my evolving identity / release that i often feel stuck in a past version of myself
embrace the help that is offered and available to us / release the need to feel like i have to do it all
embrace each day and know that it’s different than the last / release expectations of the day and be more flexible
embrace how my mind works uniquely / release the fear that things have already been done or said before
embrace more of the journey / release the pressure of seeking constant accomplishment
embrace the continued seeking of life / release the notion that there is an end goal for understanding myself and my life
embrace that i am enough / release the self-doubt
this is my key focus of the year, i am going to release many of these current beliefs to be able to embrace my full self and life. it feels right.
what about you? have you picked a word or a phrase of the year? tell me about it!