My Word of the Year

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
  • blogging!
  • telling people how I feel, even if they don’t like it
  • fitness
  • 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
  • love
  • success
  • relationships

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.

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