Monday, January 4, 2016
New Year, Same Me + My Word of the Year
When I saw Allison from Live Well Life Blog declaring New Year, Same me I couldn't help myself. I all but stood up and clapped for her because it spoke volumes to me. We're all guilty of saying "New Year, New Me" when this time of year rolls around. Every. Single. Year. And I, for one, am guilty of always doing the same thing, until I saw her post.
Here's my comment on her blog post.
I love that you are declaring New Year, Same Me because isn't it the truth? It's a new year but i'm still the same person I was. It's not like the clock strikes midnight and I'm a new person. I'm always genuinely me, it's just that i'm always trying to be a better version of myself. I'm declaring the same for this new year. I'm still me, just a work in progress, as always.
So true, right? I know we all want to better ourselves this time of year and we can and should. It's refreshing and renewing to start over. We all need that but the thing is, that i'm not magically going to become someone else nor do I want to be. I like who I am. I've fought and worked hard to become her. Of course there's always room for improvements and that's what I want to work on. I still want to be me, just a better version of me so I'm declaring, New Year, Same Me.
When it came to finding a word to focus on for 2016, several came to mind. Balance, Grace, Faith, Positivity, and Patience were ones that crossed my mind. They're all great words, they're all words I need to focus on all the time. I struggle with finding just one to focus on but my word of the year finally came to me.
My word of the year for 2016 is Perfection.
Not in the sense that I'm striving for perfection or even believe perfection exists. I know it doesn't but what does exist is my idea of perfection. My house has to be a certain way, I have to look a certain way, my car needs to be cleaned a certain way. All of this is my idea of perfection. It drives me insane to not have things "perfect". So much so that I often say no to lunch dates and fun things with loved ones because i've set up this false "perfection" that I live by. I can't go to lunch with a friend because I need to stay home and clean my house. It's not like my husband expects everything to be perfect. He only expects love when he walks in the door, a hug and a kiss. That's it. So how silly is it that I let my idea of perfection take up my time with loved ones? It's pretty ridiculous, if I do say so myself. (And I do) because one day those loved ones might not be here but the messy house always will. So here's why perfection is my word for 2016. Because it's a word I want to take out of my mind and my life.
Perfection isn't there. It simply isn't. And i'm the only one in my life who is living by this false sense of perfection. It controls me sometimes so good bye to perfection this year. And Hello to new opportunities and fun in its place. Adventures await. Even more happiness awaits. It's going to be a wonderful new year.
New Year, Same Me minus perfection.
What are you saying goodbye to this year?