I don’t know about you, but my social media feeds have been blowing up for a while with how lousy 2016 was, for a lot of reasons. You’re probably looking forward to a new start with 2017, hopefully with less lousiness in general. Since 2015, I’ve picked a word of the year to think about every day, with varying levels of success at keeping it in mind.
In 2015, my word was “hustle,” and for the most part, I did it. I worked hard wrapping up my first and beginning my second year of graduate school, I got married. I switched over to being a full-time student. With all that craziness behind me, I decided to make my 2016 word “breathe.” I definitely didn’t breathe enough in 2016. In early January, I got sick, and I’ve been sick ever since. Taking time to breathe benefits my health condition, but with graduate school and general craziness of day-to-day life, I never really got a chance to slow down.
That brings me to my 2017 word: Restore. I picked the word using My One Word (check it out if you want to pick your own!). I believe the word encompasses a lot of what I want to do this year. I want to get back to a more neutral starting place. I want to evaluate what my life is like now and where it should go next. I want to restore my body the best I can to where it was before I got sick. I want to figure out what’s going on with me and use that knowledge to bring myself back to a good place. What I’d love is for my struggles to help someone else.
Did you pick a word for 2017? What is it? Share it in the comments below or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org with why you picked the word, and I’ll share it in an upcoming blog.