I spend a lot of my time thinking about things that have already happened and worrying about things that haven’t happened yet. In other words, I spend a lot of time in my head. I’m currently worried about whether or not to sell my house, what my job will be when I quit shipping, where I should live to maximize my career opportunities, whether or not I should put not being in a relationship on my priority list…you get the picture. None of these things will happen in the next year! They're long term goals...really long term goals!
What 2014 taught me is that sometimes you work really, really hard and make sacrifices for things that don’t work out…..and it doesn’t mean that the hard work or sacrifices were for nothing. 2014 also taught me that you should have a little fun sometimes because, you might work really, really hard and make sacrifices and things still might not work out.
I believe in having one little word to guide me through the year - I always choose a word and sometimes I take it seriously and sometimes I blow it off.
This year I’m going to try to do something a little different. I’m choosing a word and I’m also choosing a project.
This year I’m using the phrase NAVIGATING 2015 and combining it with the word TODAY.
I’m choosing the word TODAY to remind myself that I can take things one day at a time. If I make today count it counts for a lot. There are 86,400 seconds in a day and I think some of my seconds could be more wisely used. Small chunks of time put to better use.
I’m choosing the word TODAY to remind myself that tomorrow and yesterday don’t matter. When I’m feeling overwhelmed all I need to do is the next thing that has to happen…today. I’m tired of being so worried about tomorrow that I waste my todays.
I’m choosing the word TODAY to remind myself that I should just get it done. If I say, ‘I’ll exercise tomorrow’ every day then it won’t ever happen (duh). Get done what you need to get done today.
I’m choosing the word TODAY to remind myself to stay flexible. While it may seem that my life is incredibly flexible and that I’m quite impulsive that couldn’t be further from the truth. I spend a lot of my time calculating my next move and giving in to self imposed obligations. The most impulsive thing I’ve done in years is invite myself to Nepal.
NAVIGATING 2015 is my plan to help stay on track. I’ve divided up my year into months and seasons. Each month will have a word that I’ll use in conjunction with TODAY. Each season will have a goal. For example (this is just an example): January: Today I’ll do yoga Winter: Be 10 pounds lighter.
My plan is to choose my words and goals as the year evolves - I mean, don’t you think it’s counterintuitive to focus on being in the moment of today while planning a full year?
You’ll be hearing so much more about this as the project starts to take on some shape.
Sometimes the blog gets stuck - normally because I have a blog idea that I’d like to make official and can’t move past until it’s up. This was my sticking point. I had to share my plans for 2015!