Happy New Year! It’s 2017 and I’m excited for all the adventures awaiting us this coming year. Before rushing ahead with all the dreaming and planning, I like to reflect a little on the past year and make a resolution of sorts. My New Year’s resolution is usually one word and I’ve been choosing one every January for the past six years. I can’t remember every word I’ve picked (unless I dig through my blog…) but there are definitely words that have had a lasting impact on me.
When choosing a word I look for one that will guide me, challenge me and help me be a better version of myself. Sometime the word comes easily, other times it’s a struggle finding one. This year a strong word presented itself to me and I accepted the challenge. For 2017 my word is FEARLESS!
It might come as a surprise to some that I would pick FEARLESS as my word of the year. After all, here I am taking my kids hiking on trails, skiing down mountains, canoeing on lakes and traveling to foreign countries. The truth is, however, I have fears, worries and anxieties that sometimes hold me back.
I have shared a little about my anxiety in the past. In the last ten years I have experienced periods of anxiety that have been dark and crippling. While I have made great strides in facing my anxiety it still lingers in those recessed corners of my mind, making an appearance when least expected.
This year I want to live FEARLESSLY! I don’t want my decisions to be shadowed by the “what-ifs” of anxiety. I want to push my comfort zone, get breathless and to face my fears head-on.