I am not a fan of New Year's resolutions. Oh how many times have I promised to lose weight... First promising to lose 10 lbs. Next year it was 15 lbs. The following year 20 lbs... And so on. If I would make the same promise this year I think it would probably be 40 lbs. The only New Year's resolution I've managed to keep and make a habit has been to floss every day.
So no, New Year's resolutions aren't really for me. But I liked the idea of choosing a New Year's theme. It is all about choosing a one-word theme for your year, of what you want your year to bring you. A word to focus on when living your life, a word to come back to and evaluate if what you are doing is really what you want to be doing.
My theme for 2015 is well-being.
I thought about a few different words. There are things I want to do, things I want to achieve, things I want to gain, things I want to experience. I was thinking of themes like achievement, improvement, capability, doing. Big, grandiose and active words really. But then I thought I should really look at something deeper. Something underlying. Something basic.
Cheesy analogy perhaps, but you can't build a skyscraper without strong foundations. For far too long I haven't been doing what I should be doing to improve the well-being of myself and my family. Burning the candle at both ends, not sleeping enough, not eating well enough, not exercising enough, not being there enough...
So well-being felt like the right theme. It will provide the foundation to build upon in the future, but it must be a priority or otherwise it just won't happen. There are several things that well-being entails for me - less screen time, being mindful, being present, more sleep, de-cluttering, simplifying, eating healthy food, making sure I don't miss my scheduled lunch time gym sessions because of too much work... But mostly it is about keeping that word, well-being, at the back of my head when I am doing decisions, big or small.
The pictures are from our recent trip to Finland - enjoying the outdoors, having fun and being present in the moment is what I want my 2015 to have more of.
I might do the occasional 2015: Well-being post to keep track of if I am actually doing what I should be doing... Until then do let me know - Did you do New Year's resolutions or do you have a New Year's word? Or maybe neither is for you?