My Word for 2019

It feels like 2018 went by like a whirlwind. As usual, it seems like I had one foot in and one foot out of each moment. I often feel like I am half paying attention. It could be age. It could be that life gets so busy. Or…it could be that I am taking way too much for granted.

When I started to contemplate what my word would be for 2019, there were a few that came to mind: deliberate, intentional, mindful just to name a few. As I thought more about them I ruled out intentional because I think I do things intentionally already. I then looked up the definitions for deliberate and mindful in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

The definition for deliberate says “1: characterized by or resulting from careful and thorough consideration; 2: characterized by awareness of the consequences; 3: slow, unhurried, and steady as though allowing time for decision on each individual action involved.” Synonyms listed were “advised” and “calculated.” Hmm, well it seems thoughtful but it doesn’t seem to include any real action.

The definition for mindful says “1: bearing in mind: aware; 2: inclined to be aware. Synonyms included the word “alive.” Yes, that was it! My word for 2019 is MINDFUL.

I am excited for 2019 and for my new plan to be more mindful. I even made an acrostic for some of the things I will be changing this year.

Master my time — I read a great quote the other day. It said, “Your diet is not only what you eat. It’s what you watch, what you listen to, what you read, and the people you hang around. Be mindful of the things you put into your body — emotionally, spiritually and physically. With this in mind, I will do a better job at mastering my time.

Improve focus — I don’t want to have one foot in and one foot out of the precious moments of my life. I want to be all in!!

New morning routine — my new morning routine for 2019 will include exercise, prayer and devotional time first thing every morning without fail, and reading 10 pages of my book of the moment.

Deliberate action — this is a huge one for me. As an introvert, it is sometimes hard to speak to others. There are probably at least 10 times a day that I wish I would’ve said something to someone that I failed to say. It could be how beautiful they looked in their blouse or how much I appreciate the fact that they’re always smiling when I’m checking out in their lane; or it could even be the fact that someone said something that I thought was unfair or inappropriate or they hurt me in some way. I am going to make a more conscious effort to speak out more often, especially when it is complementary to those around me.

Forgiving — I have got to be more like Jesus and forgive people immediately. Whether someone cuts me off in traffic or says something about me that is untrue I have to forgive them and work through it.

Unplug — as much as I enjoy knowing what is going on in the lives of family and friends, and as much as I like knowing what is going on, I have to take time everyday to unplug. Social media is just too negative sometimes and I need to refocus my mind for a period of time each day.

Learn as much as possible — I love learning! Whether I am watching TED Talks, training on a new destination or taking a refresher course on a familiar one, reading a book, watching Seth Godin or Simon Sinek (or even better, both of them onscreen together) I love learning and I will make more time for it this year.

I am hopeful that 2019 will be my best year yet. Do you have a word for 2019? If so, I would absolutely love to hear about it in the comments.

Thanks for reading and may you always be blessed beyond measure!!!

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