Three years ago I was introduced to this idea of choosing a word for the year. Basically a word that would align with my goals and vision for the year. In 2020 I chose UNSTOPPABLE which ended up taking a completely different meaning than I originally intended because, well, 2020. In 2021 my word was RELEASE. After 2020 I realized how much negative energy I was holding onto and in 2021 my ultimate goal was to let it all go (I'm still working on it). And this year my word is INTENTIONAL.
So bottom line up front, or BLUF as a former boss of mine used to say, it took me almost four years to figure out what was the biggest input towards my unhappiness with life was. I blamed everything from money stressors, to my job, to living situations, to busyness, and even to my husband not doing laundry EXACTLY to my standards. What it ultimately came down to, I wasn't living life intentionally.
Like so many people I was caught up in the craziness of just trying to survive being a full time working mom + wife. I was living day to day, paycheck to paycheck. Days, weeks, months would go by and my "happiness buckets" would be empty. I felt trapped in my life. Spinning my wheels trying to get out of the rut I was in only to make the rut deeper.
In 2018 I dived into Beachbody hoping it was going to be the answer to my prayers. AKA that I would be the 1% (or whatever it is) that makes millions... I wasn't. But it did end up being the answer to my prayers, just in a way I wasn't expecting.
Beachbody puts a lot of focus on personal development and self growth. For three and a half years I did just that. I did a lot of soul searching. I questioned what I wanted from life and my values. I thought a lot about what was blocking me from getting there and realized I wasn't living life intentionally. I had all of these visions, goals, wants and things I wanted to do but my daily actions weren't getting me there.
So in 2022 when I sat down and thought about my vision and goals for the year, I wrote down four areas I would focus on and really be intentional about: Family Time, Money, Self Care, Home. These were the areas I felt becoming more focused on would fill my "happiness buckets" rather than drain them. It has taken a couple of months, and is still a work in progress, but I've developed a plan for how I'm keeping myself intentional in each of these areas and I will share more on each of these in another post.
Long story short, If you're someone feeling trapped, in a rut or discontent with where you're at, I feel there is a lot of value in doing this. However, you can't just do this on the surface or you won't gain anything from it. There is a lot of power in vision and manifestation. But you have to BELIEVE and you have to dive fully in. It's honestly changed my life, and I plan to show you by taking you on the journey of 2022 with me. And maybe, just maybe I'll help you get out of your rut too!
So, more to come on this topic! In the mean time I'm curious, have you ever set a word for the year or done any sort of vision planning? Drop a yes or no in the comments!