Wow, another year drawing to an end. That went by fast!
As I’ve looked in the rear-view mirror to wave goodbye to 2013 over the past week, I’ve started contemplating the year ahead. I’m not much of a resolution maker, but I do like taking some time at the close of a year (and beginning of a new one) to think about personal goals, and what I would still like to accomplish in my future. There’s still so much I want to do! It’s so very easy to get wrapped up in the day to day mundane though, and forget about those dreams and aspirations.
Earlier this week it came to me that perhaps I should pick a couple words to be my simple mantra for 2014. Words that will help me focus on improvement, and help keep me on track. The two words that seemed to resonate the most with me right now are cleanse and power. Here’s how each breaks down for me…
Power – No, I’m not looking to become your almighty overlord. That’s not the type of power I’m looking for. I’m talking about power over situations that might make me feel powerless. Every now and then I’m faced with a challenge that stops me in my tracks. Even small challenges can sometimes do this. It arises, I clam up, and sometimes I do not rise to the occasion. But why? Fear my friend. Fear is a powerful motivator… to NOT do something.
I am challenging myself to take power when I’m faced with a person, situation, or challenge that makes me feel small. Even if I do end in failure, grabbing the bull by the horns and at least trying will be so much better than wishing I had at least tried.
There are so many places in life I can allow power to improve my accomplishments:
- personal health
- work relationships
- caring for an aging parent
- home projects (I swear to G those baseboards will be up in the bathroom by the end of January)
- self improvement
- relationship with my spouse
Cleanse – You know how sometimes there’s just too much stuff? I don’t know about you, but too much stuff for me can become overbearing. Stuff in my physical space, stuff crammed into my head, stuff in my body. It seems like “stuff” reaches a frantic pitch around the holidays, and afterwards I feel crowded and overloaded.
This can happen throughout the year though. Whether it’s too much mail on the counter, too many cobwebs on my front porch, too many potato chips or too much wine in my belly, or loading myself up with too many tasks or obligations, too much of anything makes my mind feel stuck. I’m haunted by the too much, but put off doing anything about it sometimes, when it truly wouldn’t take much time to clean it up!
Taking the time to cleanse, whether physically, emotionally, or spiritually helps maintain focus, which in turn helps a girl feel more… wait for it… POWERFUL! So I’ll cut the clutter, keep it clean, and have the foresight to spot a big ol’ mess when it’s hurling towards me.
Do you have any words, or resolutions, for 2014? Feel free to share them in the comments! The more the better, you never know who you’ll inspire.