At the end of 2016, I was low. I was feeling hopeless and sad. I had lost my job and was unable to find a new one, no matter how many interviews I went on or resumes I sent out. In my free time, I had poured my heart and soul into the presidential campaign, volunteering for Hillary Clinton. Like so many, I had high hopes for Election Day. In the days after Election Night, I felt lost and confused.
Things were not going the way I had thought they would. And I was sick of it. I was sick of being down and I wanted 2017 to be different. So I set my intention and chose “RISE” as my word of the year. I wanted to rise out of my situation and find a job that I loved. I wanted to raise my vibration and stop being so blue. I wanted to rise and stand up for the issues that are important to me. I wanted to raise my profile as a writer.
And 2017 was a pretty good year.
I got a job I love, I fell madly in love. Yet, as I looked back at the goals I didn’t accomplish last year, so many of them were because I never even attempted to accomplish them.
So this year, I vow to SHOW UP.
I will show up for my health by dragging my ass to the gym even on the days that I just want to lay in bed, snuggled up under the covers.
I will show up at work by taking on new projects and being an advocate for myself.
I will show up here, posting at least twice a week. This blog has been a whisper and a dream for a long time. The one idea that will not leave me alone. I think about it all the time and this is the year that I dedicate myself to this space.
I will show up for myself by meditating each morning. I am starting with 5 minutes and go from there.
I will show up for the causes I care about. Sharing posts or retweeting links is one thing, but I need to put my body (& money) where my mouth is.
Showing up may look different every day and that’s ok.
What’s your mantra or phrase for 2018?