2017 Word of the Year: Brave
Last year, I knew what my word was instantly. For 2016, I needed to Simplify. I could only bring to AZ what would fit in my car, so I had to let go of excess clutter--both physically, and mentally. I had to simplify my way of thinking, my way of living, my way of loving, my way of seeing the world. I had a habit of making everything infinitely more complicated than it needed to be. And I still do that, but not nearly as often.
I've already started the year with a Brave decision: to move across the country for love (and a job, but mostly love). My boyfriend moved out to the desert last June, and the plan was always for me to follow. We had decided on Phoenix together, and I knew that there was a chance for a job in my dream field. Little did I know that I would actually go on to find my dream job, working in eating disorder treatment. I was thrilled. I was Brave by taking my RD exam less than a month after finishing my internship, and only about a week of studying. Okay, maybe the lack of intensive studying was less brave and more procrastination/laziness, but hey, it worked out.
I was brave when I went to the Grand Canyon, and saw something bigger than me. I saw something that mother nature carefully carved and created (and even experienced a bit more of mother nature because of the snow and wind). I saw caribou for probably the first time ever, and I struck a yoga pose on the edge of a cliff (okay not right on the edge, but it was still scary!).
I want to explore what it means to be brave -- putting ourselves in dangerous situations doesn't necessarily make us brave, but we certainly feel brave when we face our fears. This year will be a journey to figure out what am I scared of? How will I overcome it? This year will be challenging for many, and the political climate is tempestuous. Whether it's standing up for something I believe in, using my voice where I would normally be silent, or being my truest self in tough situations... I want to be brave.
My not-so-concrete plan:
1. Try something I will probably fail at
2. Stand up to someone who has authority over me
3. Get yelled at and don't cry (not consciously seeking this one out...)
4. Feel proud in a swimsuit
5. Attend a new yoga studio
6. Go more places by myself
7. Share honest thoughts on my blog, even if I think they might be unpopular
8. Let go of toxic relationships in my life
9. Say no to things that I don't want
10. Give more hugs
11. Travel alone
Throughout the next 11 months, I'll be posting about how I am working toward this goal under the tag, 'Brave'. Click it to see other posts in the series.
Let's be brave together.
What does the word 'brave' mean to you? Do you have a word of the year? Let me know in the comments.