In recent years, it’s become popular to come up with a single word to be one’s theme for the New Year. This might be in addition to or in lieu of New Year’s Resolutions. While I’ve not done this every year, I feel a particular word calling to me for 2019 and I wanted to share it with you.
My word is:
It came to me soon after Christmas as I was putting away the decorations. (Yup, I’m the weirdo that likes to take them down on December 26th.) Here are some of the things I’m hoping to have less of in 2019:
- Less time wasted on screens.
- Less time reading and responding to comments on social media (boy, I can get sucked in!).
- Less stuff (I’ve already started my declutter).
- Less junk food.
- Less commitments to things that are not fulfilling or useful.
- Less money spent on frivolous purchases.
- Less waste.
Years ago, I read a book that had to do with saying no. The conclusion of the author is that when we say no to one thing, we get to say yes to things that matter more. I am hopeful that this principle will ring true as I approach my year. Here’s what I’m hoping having less of will produce:
- More creativity.
- More time to spend with friends and family.
- More time to explore hobbies and adventures I care about.
- More money to save for things that really matter.
- More energy and better health.
- More free space – both physically and mentally.
I know a fair amount of this is abstract, so I’ll need to spend some time figuring out specific goals to create around this theme. As I’ve shared before, I care more about improvement than perfection, so as long as I make meaningful traction in this pursuit in 2019, I’ll consider this a success.
Don’t forget: I’ve put together a number of helpful New Year’s Resolution Planning & Brainstorming Printables that are free for you to use!
I’d love to hear from you – what are your goals for 2019? Do you have a word theme too? Did you have one for 2018 and how do you felt it moved your year along? I’d love to hear.