In 2017, I had a word of the year. That word was GO. I wanted to use that year to move out of my comfort zone and start moving. I wanted to say YES to exciting new opportunities, and go after new projects and training at work. I wanted to travel. I wanted to go out with friends.
Confession: I consider myself an extroverted introvert. That may sound strange to some people. An introvert, in my opinion, is someone who recharges by themselves or around a small group, instead of by a large group of people. I have friends who are true extroverts, and who prefer to be with their people at all times. I am not that person. I actually really like being alone. I’m fine going to movies, going to dinner, traveling alone. In fact, I knew I wanted to marry Josh because I could be “alone” with him. That probably doesn’t make sense to most people, but I think some of you can relate. I could spend the whole night with Josh and not feel drained. I’m a communications manager, and I LOVE my job. Some days, I’m presenting and facilitating training or events all day. I love those days, but when I go home, I need some time to recharge my batteries. I like to talk to people, but I also really like to be alone and in my own thoughts.
Because of that, I have a tendency to be more home-focused. I like being home. I like reading books and watching movies and hanging out with just Josh and our dogs. But in 2017, I wanted to look forward and outward. I wanted to move out of my comfort zone.
Most of that happened with travel. I traveled an insane amount in 2017. I went to Shreveport, Memphis 3x, Pensacola, Paris, Rome, Venice, Chicago, Punta Cana, El Paso, Las Cruces, and Phoenix. I traveled approximately once a month. Most of those places (Paris, Rome, Venice, Chicago, Punta Cana) were places I had never been, and several times, I traveled completely by myself.
I had the opportunity to really focus on my own growth in 2017, and I feel like GO was a perfect word to fill up that year.
2018 already feels different than 2017. I have a few trips scheduled, including one back to my company headquarters in a few weeks, but it’s not going to be the kind of travel year I experienced in 2017. In 2018, I feel like my word of the year will be FAMILY.
I’ve posted before that one thing I love about getting older is being able to make our own families. This year, I feel a strong sense of family importance, and I really feel like it’ll be something that drives this year. I’m sure it’ll manifest in many different ways, including talking to my hometown friends more often, taking visits home, and also developing my relationships with my family out here. One of my biggest focuses this year will be on my relationship with Josh.
Josh and I have been together for 9 years this year. That’s practically a third of my life. It can be easy to overlook the most stable relationships in our lives, because they feel so comfortable and easy, and I don’t want to do that. This year, I want to focus on my relationship with Josh, who is my immediate family, and make sure this year is about us growing together.
Words of the Year can seem as cheesy as New Year’s Resolutions, but I like cheesy. 🙂 I also like resolutions and goals! I’m hopeful that having this word of the year will help ground me and help me remember what’s important.
What about you? Any Words of the Year?