The Final Approach
Do you do that thing?
Make all sorts of resolutions and then feel badly about yourself a few months (maybe even weeks) into the new year? Lose weight. Connect deeper. Travel to new places. Speak kinder. Grow in spirituality. Exercise more. Eat clean. Curse less. Save more money. Buy less stuff. And on…and on…and on. I know how it feels. I used to do that. I would start the new year with a new mindset, tons of gumption and go hard. And since I’m not a quitter, failure isn’t an option. But sometimes…it wins…it sneaks in and takes over and before I know it, I’ve failed myself. Again.
At some point between failure #482 and many years ago, I tried to change my perspective and set goals throughout the year (and I’m a goal fanatic…so this works well for me). So this is what I stick with. However, I have also since, added a word-of-the-year. I started this a couple of years after having my son. It was a nice way to keep me centered on the things that mattered most in my life and take this crazy passion of mine to a deeper level. Just so you know, I’m not sharing this with you so you have one more thing to think about this New Year’s and rush to create a word-of-the-year for you and your family, rather, you can hold me accountable for mine.
Last year, our word was GROW and boy did we ever. We have a host of stories we could share on how we grew, both individually and as a family, but if you know me, you’ve probably witnessed it, been a part of it (thank you!) or read about it on this site. Trust me, this past year was a good one.
And now, I’m hoping for an epic year.
I almost wanted that for the word, but man, that’s a lot to live up to. The word I’ve chosen this year is FIERCE. Now don’t get worried and think the negative or destructive side of fierce, rather the 2nd definition, “showing a heartfelt and powerful intensity.” This one suits the upcoming year best. And I plan to be fierce in all I do. Family, friendships, work, God, happiness, exercise, sharing, vulnerability (er…ummm…the not so comfortable one for me), honesty, challenges, travels, painting, volunteering, being present, restoring and every other aspect of our wonderful lives.
FIERCE. Setting the tone for 2017.
As my little boy continues to grow and learn and gain more and more independence, I’m the FIERCE momma in the background, encouraging him, watching his surroundings, helping him strive to reach new accomplishments for himself. (he is the inspiration for the image) When you see me at church, I’ll be the one diving in deep with a fierce spirit – listening, praying, absorbing and taking steps towards a deeper intimacy with God. When you meet me for tea or a cocktail, I promise to be fiercely present and seek to understand you. At work, my team will recognize the fierce determination that lies within and will trust my abilities and lean on me with ease. My workouts will be fierce with intensity to improve my overall health. My love for you will remain unconditional and be even more than it ever has been. My inspiration, my encounters, my actions, my thoughts…all FIERCE.
This is probably my favorite week out of the year…the time between Christmas and New Years and you lose track of the days. It’s after the Christmas chaos and before the ramp up for the new year. It’s exciting, relaxing, and lovely…all in one little week. My ask for you is that you finish 2016 with fierce effort. Don’t crash and burn. Carve out some time over the next couple of days. Don’t wait for the new year to begin – rather finish strong. It may be a word, it may be a goal, it may be a resolution. Whatever it is, this time of year provides an incredible opportunity to reflect on the past and contemplate the future. We just need a little preparation. We all know that finishing strong is just as critical as starting strong. May this become your favorite week as well!
Finishing strong and loving fiercely,