Hi and hello, welcome to a new year. Goodbye 2016, hello 2017.
Aaand… the new year is already 5 days old. I’m telling you, someone must be flipping the pages on that page-a-day calendar fast on purpose.
In true new year’s fashion, I am jumping on the One Little Word® bandwagon again and I’ve been thinking about which new guiding word to pick for 2017. (Here are the words I picked in 2015 and 2016.)
I struggled a little bit to come up with a word for this year, because I had a few swirling around in my head and I could have easily justified any one of them, but yesterday – in a spur of the moment decision – I finally settled on the one word that seemed just right.
My word for 2017 will be persevere.
It’s a word that has long accompanied my journey in a way and it’s seems fitting now more than ever. Some of its synonyms reaffirm my choice: persist, keep up, press on/ahead, be tenacious, go the distance, hang in there, stick to.
After the election results in November, I was in a serious emotional rut for a couple of weeks. I am usually someone who always, always sees the glass half full and to see me so defeated and emotionally depressed was something that J hadn’t seen in the 15 years we’ve known each other. While inauguration day is getting closer and the last few weeks haven’t really given me much hope in terms of a Trump-presidency, I personally want to persevere and start seeing the glass half full again. I want to press on, do things that are in my power and have a positive impact, no matter how small or limited it might seem. If all of us do a little bit, we can achieve a lot.
I want to persevere in believing in the good of people. It’s been hard lately with all the hate and violence everywhere, but I believe that people are inherently good and we have to press ahead to bring out the best in all the people around us.
I want to persevere in my job. I was once told that I landed my internship and the subsequent position because of my perseverance. I still feel as dedicated to my job as ever, but some of my tasks lately have been repetitive and somewhat dull and I keep hoping that this will change again and I will feel more invested in my work.
I want to persevere in my workout routine, even if it’s hard sometimes. I’ve gotten to the point where I pretty much don’t ‘think’ about going for a run, I just go. Not leaving any room for changing my mind has helped tremendously with sticking to a plan. I’ve set new goals for this new year and am willing to go the distance to achieve those goals.
I want to persevere and keep investing in my relationships with family + friends, most of which are long-distance, which can make it hard to be present sometimes what with the time difference and busy every day lives and all. But, I know that I have a really, really good group of people around me and I want to keep up those important relationships.
I want to persevere with healthy eating habits, drinking plenty of water, and cooking (mostly) from scratch. This is not something I drastically have to change, because I’ve already been focusing on that, but it’s always good to keep up good habits, and of course, there is always room for improvement.
What’s your word for the new year? I love to hear what word you picked and why.
Let me know in the comments!