Last year, the intention I set for my New Year’s “goal” was very fancy, very high bar, and definitely something you’d expect from a professional organizer who should take goals very seriously.
2019: Get Dressed
I’d like to report that I definitely got myself dressed and ready for the day way more than the year before. Part of what helped this along is that I got my depression under control for more parts of the year. Maybe the two are related?! Because getting dressed every day certainly helped me feel better mentally. And likewise it was way easier to get myself ready when I felt better mentally.
Why I like the one word intentions instead of resolutions?
While I am a believer in working towards goals, I’m not always really into resolutions. I’ve found they normally become things we feel sad about, ways to beat ourselves up when we don’t reach them.
But a one-word intention?
The one word intention sets a mood for the year. It isn’t a pass fail thing, it is a try to do what you can thing. If there is improvement, you win!
Doesn’t that sound way better than resolutions? Yes, it does!
I’ve thought long and hard about my new word for the coming year. I keep my word pinned on the bulletin board that sits in the tiny toilet room in the master bathroom. This is the bathroom I use, so my little reminder is usually the first thing I see in the morning and the last thing I read before I go to sleep. It is on my mind enough to make an actual difference. The choice matters to me.
2020: The year of REST
This word, this intention for the year, is me combatting frazzled-mom syndrome with the best antidote I know: REST.
My hope for 2020 is to get more rest, but I don’t just mean sleep, though I certainly plan to do that too. I mean actual REST.
I want to rest from extra-ness, rest from noise of the world, rest from unwanted expectations put upon me, rest from all the busy-ness. I want less hustle and bustle, and way more peace.
I put this year’s word up above a row of cacti. I like to picture that REST keeps us flowing above each bristly cactus, just like rest keeps me floating above grumpy frazzled mom-ness.
Runner up: Silence
The word that wins runner-up is silence. In the end, I decided that silence is rest from noise, so I stuck with rest.
But, I think silence is important enough to mention separately. We need silence! Did you know that silence is incredibly restorative?
Getting quiet can regenerate brain cells. Although the researchers intended to use silence as a control in the study, they found that two hours of silence daily led to the development of new cells in the hippocampus, a key brain region associated with learning, memory and emotion.Why Silence is so Good for Your Brain
I’m hoping for a year of rest and rejuvenation. I know rest doesn’t last forever. I know that when I’m rested, I’ll be ready to work, ready to get things done. But first, rest.
Will you have a word for the year? I want to hear it. Tell me below!