Maybe it's intuition. Maybe it's premonition. Hell, maybe it's just optimism, but I have a really good feeling about what will unfold over the next twelve months. My New Years Eve was spent at home with the cats, which I was perfectly content with because as I was walking around Target earlier that evening I had this thought pop into my head out of nowhere: You better take advantage of a quiet evening because by this time next year things are going to be very different.
Well, alrighty then, random brain thought.
Thing is, change doesn't happen spontaneously. It has to be set into motion. You have to make the necessary choices and decisions to change. One of the biggest ways to make a change is also the simplest and the inspiration for my word of the year.
I have my comfort zone, as I'm sure we all do and it's hard to break out of it, especially for me. I've noticed, though, that over the past year I've gotten better about doing things I normally wouldn't do and now I really want to challenge myself to continue on that path. The easiest way to do that is to say yes to things I would normally say no to.
Case in point: Wednesday night, I was, admittedly, already in bed and in my pjs by 8:30 pm. Movie was playing on Netflix and the cats and I were all snuggled up. Then my friend Missy sent me a text asking if I'd be interested in getting a drink.
I was warm and comfy. I wanted to say no. And I almost did, until I realized that would be my first real decision of the new year and I couldn't let my word go so easily, so quickly.
So I said yes, even if it meant getting out of my warm comfy bed, getting back into real clothes, and heading into the cold. I hadn't seen Missy since before the holidays and I loved the chance to see her again and hang out and share a drink (or two).
Or, when an indie band you love Facebook invites you to a local show at The Grog Shop for the end of the month, you répondez s'il vous plaît yes, even if means going alone (though, seriously, if anyone wants to join me you should. They do an awesome show).
My word for the year is such a simple one but it can have a huge impact when utilized and I'm excited to see where it takes me!
What is your word of the year?
Love from the ashes,