My word for 2017

I don't know about you, but I don't like to make New Year's resolutions. I like the idea of starting the year with fresh intent for what I want to achieve but for whatever reason, resolutions just don't work for me.  This year, I've taken a somewhat different, for me, approach by choosing a word for the year. Although this is new to me, the concept has been around for a while and from stumbling across #OneWord365, I'm not the only one taking this approach.  

I thought for some time what I wanted my word to be and what it was I was hoping to achieve this year and a few floated about before I made my decision:

Relax - Certainly something I need to learn. Sometimes I find it hard to just let go and even when I think I am relaxing, my shoulders and muscles are tight with tension. 

Appreciate - I think we can all be guilty of not being entirely appreciative of what we have and take our lives for granted. I genuinely try to remind myself just how lucky I am on a daily basis but think more work could be done. 

Minimise - I still have a ton of things to unpack from moving.  Granted, a vast chunk of this is to go in my work/craft room once it is built and read, which won't be for some time, but there is still plenty of other things. If I've not needed them since moving, I obviously don't need them and should probably get rid of them.

Ambition I currently work as the social media manager for my family's businesses but something that I have been toying with over the past few months is pushing myself forward into freelance work, in addition.  Is it something I really want to do, can I fit everything in, how will I present it to potential clients are all questions that have been whirling around in my head.  

After much thought, the word I decided to go with is: 


Looking back, 2016 was a defining year for me.  It was a year of feeling constantly under the weather or ill, with bouts of stomach issues and horrendous periods and it was the year that I finally got diagnosed with PCOS and IBS. After so many years of going back and forth from the doctors with those issues, it really was a relief to know what I was dealing with. That said, I've been struggling to deal with them both and I wanted 2017 to be the year that I concentrated on getting myself feeling better. I've been feeling low and tired, sluggish and bloated, cramping and aching and it's taken its toll on me with a lack of motivation and generally feeling low being a persistent companion.  As part of this, of course, I would like to lose some weight but for now, I'm focusing on feeling better physically and emotionally.

There are two things I've done to start this in motion.  The first was to complete a food and drink scan, which has shown my intolerances and lead me to start changing my diet.

The second is a journal and an indexed notebook, which I'm yet to start.  The journal, however, whilst nothing too fancy, 1 month in, I'm finding it invaluable.  

I knew what I was looking for in the journal, it had to be A5 size, spiral bound and day to a page as my writing's pretty big and messy.  Each day is set out in the same format, I've been adding motivational quotes here and there, whilst using stickers makes it easy for me to identify the different sections:

Food and drink - writing down exactly what I have had to eat and drink.
How I'm feeling - any symptoms, my mood
Monthly cycle - Tracking it as best I can
Gratitude - Things I'm feeling grateful for that day (more on that below!)
Steps, distance and active minutes - data taken from my Fitbit, whilst it works (I have shared my experience with Fitbit here

Years ago, I would keep a journal, of sorts. Remembering to update it as and when but it would often fall by the wayside. This time around, I'm really pleased that I've managed to make it part of my daily routine to write in it. Of course, the main motivation for keeping the journal is to track food and any reactions I might have to them, as well as tracking my monthly cycle.  

I decided to add a gratitude section to it because I've read that focusing on the positive things in life helps to lift the mood and to attract further positive things in to one's life.  So, whether its the fact I've had a hot drink in peace or the children have played nicely, if I'm grateful for it, it goes in.  

So. Health. Emotional health, physical health. I'm feeling positive that 2017 will be another significant year but this time for all the right ones.

What are your thoughts on choosing a word for the year? Do you think it can help to focus your mind or is it nonsense? Have you chosen a word for the year? 

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