In years past I’ve started January with a laundry list of goals for the year ahead but with a little one in the picture this year that seemed daunting. Instead I’m jumping on the idea of a “word of the year” to focus my efforts and actions this year. I expected coming up with my word to take a long time but as soon as I had settled on the idea of a word for 2017 the perfect one presented itself.
A little background:
2016 was a year of change. Henri and I shared that we were expecting, moved into a bigger apartment, we welcomed Lavinia, I started a new job 4 weeks after she was born and we adjusted to being new parents. I generally thrive on change and even though the changes 2016 brought were all good I am worn out from what feels like years of what feels like constant change. I’m talking 6 apartments and 5 jobs since I graduated from college 4 1/2 years ago constant change. I’m tired, and not only that… I’m loving where we are. I love my job, our church, our little family, even our city – which I was reluctant to admit at first when I realized it because I was not all that excited to move there, ha!
In the past I’ve allowed our affinity to change jobs and locations to prevent me from putting down roots but I want 2017 to be the year that stops. Sure, where we live right now may not be where we live for the next 20 years and I will undoubtedly have other coaching jobs down the road but for right now I plan to invest in life as we know it. This is where I want to be for the forseable future and I’m ready to plant some roots!
Which brings me to my word for 2017:
Instead of being a year of crazy change like the past 5 years 2017 will be the year I become rooted, established deeply and firmly. I will work with Henri to create a wonderful home life for Lavinia and our future children, I will pour myself into my current job and the lives of the athletes that I am coaching, I will continue to nurture friendships and establish a support network and I will be in The Word more and pray for peace in this rooting process. Most importantly, though, I hope to learn the beauty of contentment, to take a break from my tendency to always look for “the next thing” and to soak up every wonderful moment of this season we are in, because it is fleeting.
Oh, and I plan on digging some roots right here as well so expect a LOT more blogging in 2017! 😉