In 2016 I chose the words “courage” and “commitment” as values that I wanted to develop throughout the year. But more than just being words, “courage” and “commitment” became the very commands that my soul had to answer to. As it turns out, the year in review helped me apply both these words into every single situation of my life.
First there’s courage. In 2016, I found the courage to face my own shadows, courage to let go, and courage to become vulnerable to myself and to those who were meant to hear my story. I also found courage in speaking my truth, in learning self-compassion, and in breaking my own personal patterns. I found the courage to ask for what I wanted and the courage to accept whatever came my way. I learned courage to show up to any dream. But most of all I found the courage to become committed to myself.
Commitment could not have come without courage. I was determined to heal and I knew that in order to shift, I had to become committed to my soul’s work. And boy has it been quite the journey!
Commitment and Boundaries
2016 taught me that commitment first had to happen within - it was a commitment to shifting my energy, to improving my health, and following through with my goals. It showed me what I was capable of, but most of all it presented me with the best lesson on boundaries. Through it I learned that commitment didn’t necessarily mean losing myself while committed to another person (ha!!!).
After 300 days of doing the work, becoming committed, and choosing to face things daily, I am ready to start living my next word for the coming year - EMBRACE.
- hold (someone) closely in one’s arms, especially as a sign of affection.
- accept or support (a belief, theory, or change) willingly and enthusiastically.
Wherein I now find myself very whole, healthy, and complete, I now welcome standing wholly with another person. Being able to allow them into my space and to support them in the best way that I can. I will embrace the differences, and I will embrace the process and change. All with ease and grace, for the highest and best.
And so it is.
Discovering your word
Do you have a word for 2017 that you would like to focus on? Or do you feel like you have many and can’t seem to zero in on one? Here are a few questions and tips that might help you determine what you would like to stick to:
1) What is the hardest thing you’ve had to learn this year?
2) How can you apply more of it in your life?
3) Create a word map that you can associate with this one lesson and see which one resonates with you the most
4) Sit with your word and go through it’s definition.
5) Pay attention to how it makes you feel - if it makes you feel scared, then you’re probably meant to address it.
Here’s to hoping you have an interesting 2017.