As a society we seem to have turned away from New Year’s resolutions and turned toward a single word to sum up our intentions for the clean slate of a new year. A Word which could and would bring us back to center in moments of uncertainty, moments when a decision mandates we consider the bigger picture of our why and how.
As I embraced the search for my own why and how I paused to take a look deep inside, to see what was important to me. Really, I was searching for a word that summed up my goals and aspirations – but what are they? Some aspirations like prioritizing my marriage, regaining a higher level of fitness and shedding the final forty pounds of baby weight have been with me for a while. Other goals like ignoring comparisons to other mothers are newer, but no less compelling. These goals required a word that was action oriented and contemplative. A word that wouldn’t shrink under the sheer volume and momentum of a mompreneur’s to do list.
I’m not entirely sure if I found my word or my word found me. Either way it is concise, compact and oddly liberating.
My word for 2016 is Me.
That’s Me with a deliberately capitalized M – the Me of my higher, enlightened Self.
What does Me mean? It means a year of radical self-love and radical self-care, which ensures I show up as the best version of Me possible.
Me: connecting deliberately with my husband. Sharing my joy, my strength, my passion and my compassion.
Me: connecting consciously with my child. Focusing when we are together kicking the ‘must multitask’ monkey mind to the curb and reveling in the joy of raising a competent, independent thinker.
Me: shrugging off unsolicited advice and comparisons. I’m the Wife, Mother and Woman I’m meant to be. I am enough as I am and I chose to grow stronger and more fearless each day.
Me: eating healthy foods 85-90% of the time. Me and My Family are worth the time and cost associated with proper, healthy meals, nutritious foods and luscious desserts. Oh and drinking more water because I’m worth the potty break time-outs.
Me: Running. Lifting. Coming back to my badass self who could once out lift every other chick in the gym.
Me: Splurging on new running shoes, seamless socks and a weekly yoga class.
Me: growing into my professional role. Working during office hours with clients and on programs that bring passion, purpose and empowerment.
Me: caring about those who care about me. Friendship is built on trust, loyalty and laughter.
Me: laughing long and loud with those friends I value who force me to level up my game.
That’s Me for 2016. What’s your word?
Jennifer Bellber is a Certified Professional Life Coach & Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner. She's a wife, mother of a toddler, sometimes blogger, photographer for fun and charitable causes, slow runner and weight lifting enthusiast who reduced her physical self by 120 pounds a few years ago.
Jennifer's passion is helping overwhelmed parents figure out who they want to be when their kids grow up, ditch the Mommy Guilt (or Daddy Guilt as the case may be) and live a connected, empowered, wickedly amazing sexy life of their own design.
To learn more about Jennifer, visit: www.jenniferbellber.com