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my year in a word

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my year in a word
ashley manley 2019 word

Ahhh…the new year.  New opportunities! New goals! New declarations of “this year will be different and I’m going to do this really great and amazing thing!”  I might sound like I’m being sarcastic, but I’m actually genuinely excited.  I don’t care if it takes the clock striking midnight on some arbitrary evening to feel all anew, I love any reason to create the start of a bold new chapter and the feeling of world being my glorious oyster.

I’m also a fan of picking a word for the year.  I’ve picked one every year for the last 3 years and it’s really made me feel excited for the next 365 days.  Full transparency, my word isn’t something I reflect on daily through the year like I vow to.  Usually I forget what my word is 6-months in (oops!) BUT even knowing that and promising I’ll do better (let’s be real, I probably won’t), I feel like the act of picking a word creates a time and space to at least think about who you (read: me) want to be, or work to be, in the months ahead.

Last year, my word was PRESENT.  I spent 2017 feeling so distracted with the outside world I knew in 2018 I wanted to really focus on really being where I was and letting go of outside noise. I can honestly say I made some really huge strides!  I worked hard to spend less time glued to my phone.  I made yoga, meditation, prayer, and self-reflection a big part of my life which in turn made me feel more present in the most meaningful of situations.  I learned to actively listen when I was having important conversations.  It might sound trivial to you, but for me, those were things that were hard battles for me to win.  

ashley manley 2019 word

So what do I want 2019 to be about?  My word for the year is going to be JOURNEY.  Just typing that gave me the best kind of butterflies!  We are moving, and I’m excited to embrace the journey of a new home, lifestyle, and community.  I want to focus on having a ‘cleaner’ lifestyle…better food, better products, and I’m excited for that part of the journey and whatever weird experiments it leads to.  My kids are entering different stages of childhood and our homeschooling will look different in the coming months.  My husband will be home more, something we haven’t had the luxury of in the last nearly 2 years.  While all of life is a journey that we are all on, this year I’m really focusing on enjoying it, even when there are bumps in the road, flat tires, crappy hotels and wrong turns.

I’ve heard the phrase, “the joy is in the journey,” and this year I’m going to lean hard into that ideal.  To not worry so much about the destination but to enjoy the process of getting there.  Sometimes that will mean great roadside stops and sometimes that will mean boring and restless rides through flat end endless terrain out the windows.  Whatever it looks like, I’m packing light, grabbing onto what’s important, and facing 2019 with hope, excitement, and a sense of adventure.

Maybe I won’t think of this word every day, or even every week, but my hope in doing this is that I’m putting my best foot forward at the beginning of the year.  Like starting a day with a good cup of coffee and a few deep breaths, picking a word is like a good morning routine for 2019.

So, I’d love to know (I’m not just saying that!) are you a yearly word picker?! I’d love to hear it!

Whatever your ritual, my JOURNEY filled glass of cheap champagne raises to yours and wishes you whatever kind of 2019 you want to have!

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