For the last few years, instead of making resolutions, I have selected a word to represent a theme for the year. It has really helped me focus on the way I want to lead my life. The word for 2015 was Clarity and the word for 2016 was Finish.
I had a hard time choosing a word for this year. Part of it is just the dreariness of winter that leads to apathy and laziness. The darkness, the cold, the rain or snow, just makes me want to sleep instead of doing anything in particular. Another part has been my mood lately of just surviving and persevering.
But I wanted the word to be more positive than survive or persevere. I looked up some words other people have chosen and luckily, there was one word that just said "pick me". I was apathetic and lazy enough to pick it, and now I have to backpedal and give you a good reason for choosing it and how this word might help me this year.
The word of 2017 is Transform.
The dictionary says it means to make a dramatic change in appearance, character or form. I'm not sure that I want to make any dramatic changes, but I have been making dramatic changes over the last couple of years. I have removed big bulky pieces of furniture and replaced them with small ones. I have removed big overwhelming weed beds and replaced them with grass. I have sent many of my excess belongings in my house to the charity shop, a few bags or boxes at a time, and to the recycling yard, one cart at a time.
At the end of the year, I bought a new sofa and coffee table, and rearranged the furniture in my family room. These are pretty big transformations, so I guess my plan is to continue that some more. My hope is to continue this transformation and to set up some new habits that are more appropriate for my new environment.
I suppose mostly it is better to try to do something dramatic than just wish the days away. I came across a website that said Transform your life, be bold, dream big, embrace the journey. Those are pretty good ways to let the word Transform guide my year.