Choosing a word of the year in 2014 was so significant to me that I now plan to consistently make time to choose a word each year.
Today I am sharing that my chosen word for 2015 is Thrive.
After writing the post about What I am Becoming, I felt drawn to the word Thrive. As I look back at the past few years of my life 2013 was a year that knocked me down, 2014 was a year of saying Hello to new opportunities and now as I begin 2015 I find myself in a place where I feel emotionally strong, physically healthy and in a place where I have the ability to affect the direction of my life.
Merriam Webster has three definitions of Thrive and has these examples:
to grow or develop successfully : to flourish or succeed
to grow vigorously / flourish
to gain in wealth or possessions / prosper
to progress toward or realize a goal despite or because of circumstances
I will be honest that being where I am in my life is scary. The life of a part-time college instructor is not glamorous or going to make me wealthy, and establishing a private practice takes time, energy and patience. There have been moments when I have thought to myself “I should get just a job.” . However, getting “just a job” would leave me walking away from a dream of establishing myself as a private clinician and trainer. Finding “just a job” would pay bills and provide stability but it could also lead me to a world where I may not be able to truly live my passion. Not living one’s passion can quickly lead to unhappiness in all areas of life.
So 2015, my focus will be to Thrive during the next 12 months. I hope to continue to improve my health via exercise and improved nutrition. Most importantly, I hope to take the opportunities I have been given and establish myself beyond the grief counselor I have been for most of my career.
As I make decisions I ask myself if the decision I am making will help me to thrive or to stay stagnant. Over analysis and fear can easily lead to paralysis and that is something I want to overcome.
When looking for a quote on Thriving, the below quote was the first quote that appeared. I knew immediately that I needed to look no further as Maya Angelou has summed up what I truly wish for this year and life.
I know that the year ahead will have moments that may be difficult but I am also excited for what may be! Stick around for the journey.
Do you choose a word of the year? How do you plan to thrive in 2015?