(All photos in this post were taken by me during 2016 – and I’m linking up my post with Writes Like a Girl, a fashion blogger I’ve grown very fond of in the past year!)
First things first, you may want to grab a cup of tea because this post turned out to be longer than I was expecting! My 2017 word of the year is POWER (which I’ve felt the need to type in all caps or flex an arm muscle and use a deeper voice when saying out loud). Now, hear me out before you write me off as a super-villain who’s attempting world domination. Of all the millions of words I read in 2016, I was struggling to find to the one to describe my focus in 2017 until that AHA epiphany moment struck.
My word last year was risk and I felt like I only half lived up to the potential there. I took major “risks” in certain areas of my life and by risks, I mostly mean that I openly embraced change. In January, I left my stable job at one of the best law firms in NYC to join a new company and that was one of the hardest decisions ever. I couldn’t be more happy to have taken that chance because after the past year of working with the incredible team of people at my company I know that I’m in the place where I belong career-wise and it’s where I see myself for the long run. I also married my best friend Andrew and we moved into our own apartment together. This transition was one of the happiest and most seamless of my life. I’m thanking the stars for aligning and letting me cross paths with the most amazing man in the galaxy. People often say that the first year of marriage is the hardest but having hit the 6 month mark, if this is the hardest we should expect, we are blessed beyond belief. So while I did take those bigger risks, I still let fear and anxiety control the majority of my everyday choices until the end of 2016. That’s where my 2017 word comes in.
When I started thinking about 2017 and the things I wanted to focus on (saving money, reverting back to my healthy diet, etc), the first word that came to mind was responsible. While I do want to be responsible in these senses, I couldn’t help but feel like that was such a BORING word choice when there are so many others out there. Plus, it didn’t totally capture everything I wanted to aim for. One of the major goals I’ve set for myself (which I’ve already started being better about) is to go out more. To see the friends I love so much, to explore my city that I’ve been having warmer feelings for again, to pay more attention to my blog, and to put more effort into writing and creating YouTube content that I’m happy with. Then I realized that all of these things I want to do are things that I’ve been choosing to neglect. And I have the POWER to change that. So simple as that. I’ve really put a lot more thought into evaluating things this New Year which I suppose is a product of getting older (and hopefully wiser).
A phrase I’ve been hearing a lot of people say lately is “new year, new me.” This couldn’t be further from what I want. I’ve spent the past 29 years molding myself into the me I am today and I’m happy with that person. While there are choices I’m planning on making to push myself out of my comfort zone and minor routine adjustments that I want to make to better my quality of life, I’m not looking to start fresh as a completely new me. Just a better version of the me that already exists.
I can honestly say that this is one of the first years that I didn’t start with the mindset of “2017 will be the year of me!” I feel like I’ve undergone more personal growth in the past couple of years and achieved major milestones far beyond where I ever saw myself at this age. I’m happy. For me, 2017 is the year of my husband, my family, and my friends. I want to do everything in my POWER this year to help them along the way to finding their own happiness in whichever form they’re seeking. I’m not at all saying that I have zero goals and I’m striving for nothing, I’m just saying that I’ve been able to identify the things that make me feel the most satisfied and the things that I want to do going forward. I’m past the figuring out stage which has made me feel as though my path is more clear. I don’t need to exert energy to drowning out the noise and that has made me feel free to be more creative, more apt to relax in the ways this introvert knows will effectively recharge her and like I have more time to give to others. I decluttered both physically and mentally in the latter half of 2016. I don’t feel like I need to be the center of things because I have a firm grasp on where my center is. I’m more interested in investing my time into the people I love and being able to celebrate their successes with them, knowing that I’ve been there for them when they needed a push. I’ve always been a quieter person. I’m a listener who truly hears and my power of observation has always allowed me to see things that others aren’t able to at first glance. This year, I want to make the most of that skill.
TL;DR – 2017 is about me having the POWER to change the things I want to change, utilize my strengths to the best of my ability, continue to focus on self care, and most importantly, to invest my time and energy into the relationships I hold closest to my heart.