I have never done a “word of the year.” Honestly, I thought they were kind of silly. I mean, one word for a whole year?! But after listening to a podcast by Gretchen Rubin, I found my word and knew that I had to write about it.
The Year of Yes
The podcast was about saying yes to holiday parties and activities even though you may be busy because they are a great way to improve relationships. Having good relationships is one of the best ways to increase happiness! So I thought, this is my thing! I need to say yes to more things; things that I would normally be afraid of, things that I wouldn’t do or even try for fear that I would screw it up.
Here are some things that I am going to say Yes to:
- nurturing friendships
- trying new adventures- glass-bottom boat rides, paddle boarding, para-sailing, etc
- telling people how I feel, even if they don’t like it
- healthy eating
- my morals and values, even when they conflict with others’
- my needs (and not feel guilty about it!)
- going to bed early
- my gut instincts
I am going to use this as my theme for the year. My mantra, my guiding principle. I want to take advantage of every opportunity I can that is a good fit for me and my family. Fear will no longer rule me. I will say “Yes!” even if I’m afraid. If I don’t think that it’s a good idea for me and my family, then I will say Yes to following my gut instincts and not do it.