Last year my Word of the Year was Healthy. Some really unexpected things came from that. In the first half of the year I got into a really great walking habit. I worked my way up to walking 3-4 miles every week day. It felt really good!
The second half of the year I found myself fighting breast cancer. What?!?! That one came as a total surprise. I never expected to spend six months and counting FIGHTING for my health. But even through it all I kept walking until the middle of November when I became too tired. I found other ways to take care of my health. Drinking a gallon of water every day and making the time to rest & re-set each day were important habits that I worked into my days.
That breast cancer battle and the many lessons I am still digesting have led to this years’ word. Mindful.
I’ve learned that when I’m more mindful of what is going on around inside AND outside of myself that I’m more connected to myself and the people around me. Relationships improve, I understand and learn more and I generally feel more calm.
It’s kind of an amazing thing. So much so that I’m actually working with a mentor to learn to be more mindful.
I’m looking forward to practicing mindfulness. I look forward to the lessons and growth that will come from it. I just hope that this word doesn’t kick my butt like the word healthy did.