For the first time last year, I chose what would be my word for the year. I chose “BE”. I came to that choice because I found through some serious self-evaluation a lot of my time was spent trying so hard to please others. Realizing how important self-care is, it was time to put on that oxygen mask. While 2015 was definitely a time for growth and experience, I can say that I am happy to leave it in the dust. Now as 2016 starts, my word of the year is FORWARD.
I will start by MOVING FORWARD. The best is yet to come. In the words of the very wise and great man, Walt Disney, “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” While 2015 was a year to grow, lessons have been learned about so many different aspects of life. Most important of all, what is important to me. What I stand for. What I believe in. Those core values will lead me forward to greater experiences.
Every single day I will be FORWARD THINKING. That will power the inertia needed to reach new goals and create greatness. With that I will work smarter, not harder. Cultivating a creative process that thrives and motivates is a priority for me. No longer are those days of staying in a funk and not inspired. To be a forward thinker is to be a collaborative leader or visionary.
Within this past year, I’ve found those that I’ve looked to as a source of vision and to lead are extremely disingenuous. Some only support those that literally buy into their beliefs. While they preach community and collaboration, the moment that someone who pays for their services and their “loyalty” has an issue with anything or anyone it is within that moment, with their close-mindedness, they ostracize. Not as forward thinking as one would have thought.
“Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.” is a quote by Robert Tew that resonated with the need to move forward. That quote triggers self-care, it signifies it’s time to stop for a moment, put on the oxygen mask and find what really brings you joy.
I will PAY IT FORWARD. There is so much more to life and happiness and it starts from within. There is nothing better than the joy felt from being that person to “fill someone’s cup”. Striving to be a Day Maker and to connect with others on a deeper level is what life is all about. There are some people from this past year that have left such lasting impressions on me by their authentic kindness.
Here’s to 2016!