“I am going to make everything around me beautiful - that will be my life.”
- Elsie de Wolfe
I’ve never been a person who loves New Year’s Resolutions. I am a person who loves words.
When I write, whether for work, social media, or even just a text, I carefully select the words I use. I pick these combinations of letters and sounds like some women pick their shoes, knowing that this one little piece of their wardrobe will influence how others see them and even how they see themselves. Words keep me up and wake me up at night. Words help me set the rhythms that give me life. Words shape who I am and who I am becoming.
For the past 3 years, instead of a resolution, I’ve joined the #oneword365 movement by choosing a word for the year. The idea is that you find a word, meditate on or study that word, and make choices in your life toward that word, so that the word you choose will influence how you live your life and who you become that year.
Words come to me in different ways. Last year I chose wholehearted because I was reading a lot of Brené Brown books. I centered my year around the 10 guideposts for wholehearted living. I made a little progress on 1 and 9 through lots of testing, but not a whole lot of movement elsewhere.
That’s the thing about these words, there’s a lot of grace in the practice. It’s not a resolution to exercise every day. In case you didn’t know, I’m an ENFP. I’m also a human. The only things I do consistently every day are brushing my teeth (twice, thanks), eating, sleeping and checking Instagram (you might be a Millennial if…) and Facebook.
In 2015, a life coach of mine suggested the word open. I opened myself up to new opportunities, like CrossFit and a new role at my organization. Open surprised me with what my friend called “upgrading my whole life.” After I started getting healthier and happier in my fitness, I started eating like an athlete. Then, I made a decision to sell my old car that was breaking down and to start making a car payment on a newer car, which really pays for my sanity and safety. I moved to an apartment complex where I didn’t hear gunshots every night. I now live on a quiet street where sometimes deer come out of the woods and birds hang out on my balcony. I’m the Snow White of Norcross. Really and truly, I started valuing myself. It started with the word open.
I was driving home from celebrating Christmas with my family when I heard beauty whispered in my ear. I knew instantly, beauty is my word for 2017. At once, bouquets of fresh flowers and berry stained lips came into my mind, yet I know beauty will go further than these surface joys. I’ll be looking for beauty in the hard things this year, in the small interactions with others, in the ways I can intentionally introduce beauty into the lives of those I know and meet.
If you want to make a change in 2017, find a word of your own. When you look for your word, don’t be surprised if it is simple. Dig into your word, discover all its meanings and nuances. Play with your word. Feast on your word, and that word will become a part of you. Follow my year of beauty at the GivingRhythms blog and on Instagram and Twitter with #beauty2017. Share your word and your journey with me using #givingrhythms . I'd love to see what words are shaping your life!
Follow my year of beauty at the GivingRhythms blog and on Instagram and Twitter with #givingbeauty2017. Share your word and your journey with me using #givingrhythms . I'd love to see what words are shaping your life in 2017!