My Inspirational “Word” of 2017 | Motivational Monday

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I realize that I’m a bit further behind on this particular blogging trend than some of the other bloggers in town, but I’ve been struggling and going back and forth on what my ONE word would be for 2017. I’ve often thought – why does it have to be just one? In the grand scheme of things, one year is just a small fraction of a lifetime. But at the same time, it doesn’t seem possible to loop all 12 months of the year into just one little word.

2016 wasn’t my best year. But because of that, I slowed down – took time to reflect as weeks, even months passed by. Every once in a while (during 2016), I took a few moments and reflected on each month during 2016. I tried to find a word to describe each month and in most instances, I was successful. Here are just a snippet of the words I felt described my year in 2016: Roller-coaster, Discovery, Travel, Opportunity, Transform, Struggle, and Endure.

The difference between who I am now and who I was just 12 months ago is greater than I would have thought possible just a couple of years ago. In 2016, I was reactionary. Even when reacting to life’s moments instead of anticipating them, I hardly had time to react to one event before moving on to the next. But, in 2017, I’m aiming to be more on top of life. To be more purposeful than reactionary.

That’s why I don’t want to pick just one word to use as inspiration for 2017. I honestly do not feel it is possible. Circumstances change. Opportunities arise. Life is unpredictable. How can just one word anticipate a year of events that haven’t even occurred yet?

That’s why I’m going to pick one word every season to aim towards – to better myself, professionally and personally. For the rest of this season, winter of 2017, I’m going to select a word that I think is most fitting for the season of life I’m currently experiencing.

And that word is grow.

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