Now that we’re full swing into 2019, it’s time that I document my “theme” for the year.
2018 was a big year of personal growth for me. I feel this blog has a lot to do with that. If you recall, my theme from last year was “grace for all of me.” As a typical “first born,” I have perfectionist tendencies, am incredibly hard on myself. I was beating myself up for things I allowed grace to others for. My theme was centered around exploration; allowing myself to try things knowing I won’t be perfect and exhibiting grace when I screw up or get mad at myself. I typically pick a theme that’s also a short phrase I can mutter to myself when I find I am at a crossroads between having an old, unhelpful behavior or turning my mind to a new, better way of approaching something. It’s allowed me to see that behavior as it’s coming and slowly say in my head, “grace for all of me.”
While the 2018 theme always be a work in progress for me, I think I am ready to add something new for 2019. In an effort to not turn this into all the things that are wrong with me (ha!), I just wanted to provide a little background to why I’m choosing the theme I am this year.
I tend to worry. A lot. Things I can’t control, things I can, things that don’t matter, etc. My mind races quite a bit and I tend to spiral and spin, and then get stuck. Ugh. It’s not fun, and I know a lot of people can relate. I waste a lot of unnecessary time doing this, and I am missing out on living in the present. With that brief context, I present my phrase this year…
“Exhale worry, inhale peace.”
I plan to use this when I sense the worry and tension coming on. It’s a reminder that I can be at peace, and that BEING at peace can allow me to enjoy an experience much more than being at worry.
So, how did I get to my “theme” for the year, you ask? It’s a fairly simple process. I ask myself two questions:
- What do I want MORE of in 2019?
- What do I want LESS of in 2019?
- OPTIONAL Step 3 – Create a vision board (read my post on that here).
From there, I take my list and see if there are any consistencies from both sides of the questions. Once I have an idea of what my theme will look like, I’ll try to narrow it down to 5 words or less. This can be the difficult part and where I want to offer you my assistance. If you’ve made your lists based off of the two questions above and you are struggling with simplifying, please send me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment. I’d love to help you uncover your simple theme for 2019!