2018 Word of the Year

It’s already mid-January, and I’m just now getting around to my Word of the Year post! Better late than never, right? I’ve done my Word of the Year for the last few years (2017 and 2015 for sure), and 2018 is no exception. So what is my focus going to be this year? This year, my word is actually a phrase

2018 Word Of The Year: ALL IN

Word of the year

It’s been a long and winding journey getting to this word. Over the last year, I’ve worked hard to be realistic about my flaws. There are things about myself that I am not happy with, and the only way to fix them is to face them. It’s not easy or fun, but it’s necessary.

One of the things that I’ve come to realize is that I am not only a early quitter (when things get hard, I quit), but I’m also a cynical scoffer. It’s hard for me to get on board with a lot of things because I tend to be very skeptical and negative. It’s hard for me to accept the expertise of others, or join in with things that I am interested in because I refuse to admit that it could be a good thing. I could write thousands of words about why I am the way I am, but it doesn’t really matter. Because that’s not how I want to be. I want to be eager and open to learn from others and experience new things that could bring joy to my life. And life gave me swift kick in the ass about a few of those things.

Towards the end of the year, I was experiencing a lot of side effects related to being diabetic, and I was forced to acknowledge that I wasn’t taking care of myself as I should. I knew I had to make some drastic changes, but I didn’t know how. And even worse, I couldn’t allow myself to trust the expertise of others. I didn’t want a fad diet, or some trendy way of eating. But luckily, a friend shared his very personal experience with diabetes and diet with me, and it really struck a cord. So I got a new doctor (if you are unhappy with your current doctor or care level, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE look into concierge medicine) and I got on a very different eating plan. I’ve seen HUGE changes in just the last 4 weeks, and things are continuing to get better.

But the only way I was able to embrace this new lifestyle was to set aside my personal issues, my cynicism, my inability to trust the expertise of others, and really dedicate myself to these changes.  Seeing such great results has been an excellent motivation, and I can’t wait to see what else this new attitude can do in my life!

So to make a long story short (too late!) that’s what I want to do this year. I want to be ALL IN in all aspects of my life. I want to get some certifications to make me better at my job, I want to attend more webinars and events to make me a better social media manager, content creator, and blogger. I want to read more books to learn about being a better business owner. I’m going to learn more about cooking and baking to feed myself and my family delicious and healthy foods. And I’m going to keep to my eating plan to ensure a healthier future.

Ready for new experiences, and new lessons? Damn right. I’m ALL IN.

Many thanks to Eric Highland for getting me on the right track health-wise, and to Nicole Seligman for always inspiring my Word of the Year!

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  • I admire and respect your honesty here, and I think that the self-awareness has to be there to ever make self-improvements, so you’re on the right track. I also took some time with my journal to do some reflection and planning for 2018, and my word is “Intentional.” I want to be intentional with my time, work, and words. And I want to be intentional with nurturing my relationships. Here’s to being All In and Intentional in 2018!

    Liz
    http://www.withwonderandwhimsy.com