My Word for 2020

My word that I have chosen for 2020 is a purposeful and meaningful one for me and I intend to carry it further through the new decade. Keep reading to see what word I’ve chosen!

Word of the Year 2020
Word of the Year 2020

Happy 2020!

Here it is, January. Another new year and the same old question… “What are you going to do differently in 2020?”

I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions, I mean yeah I’ve set them plenty of times – although not in stone and possibly under the influence of alcohol most likely on a new years eve night out!

And as with most peoples New Years resolutions, they end up out the window by mid-February or in some cases – mine – even sooner.

Turns out that I’m a rebel by nature, and also by personality type according to Gretchen Rubens Four Tendencies Quiz, so as you can imagine, New Year’s resolutions or any expectations at all really, I have the tendency to resist them all, inside and out. They just haven’t worked for me.

I decided for 2020 I wanted to swap out my half-arsed resolutions and replace them with a theme that I could focus on for the whole year.

It took me a while to think of something that would resonate with myself, something that was purposeful and had meaning and that will take me in the right direction of the life I want to live!

So without further ado, my word for 2020 is: Intentional

What Does It Mean To Be Intentional?

Within the definition of intentional, you’ll find a variety of words such as planned and deliberate, but the description I was looking for and defines it perfectly for me I found over at liveandlovework.com

This is how Chrysta defines it:

“It means you are purposeful in word and action. You live a life that is meaningful and fulfilling to you. It means you make thoughtful choices in your life. Being intentional means you actively interact and engage with your life”.

Why Did I Choose This Word For 2020?

Firstly because there are many areas of my life that I am not happy with and if I don’t start with being intentional about my own life then things are not going to change by themselves.

I have dreams for my life and so far they’ve been put on the back burner for other people, too many times over the years I’ve put my life on hold for others – opportunities, friendships, even my children – and it’s time that I took back control of MY life and be more engaging, purposeful and intentional with it.

My Word For 2020
Make This Day Great!

The Ways I’m Planning On Being Intentional In 2020

These are just some of the ways I’m putting being intentional into practice this year, you may even find some ideas in here for yourself to try!

  • Family – As a single mother of five children under 10 years old I have found it hard to try and just focus on one child at a time, what I mean by this is we never really get any one-on-one time. There is always something or someone grabbing my attention away from the child that I’m currently with. – This year I’m setting time aside to focus on just the one child at a time, whether that’s sitting and reading, playing a game they chose or just sitting to listen to them talk, they will each have a dedicated time where the other children will know that it isn’t their time at that moment and that they will have their own time with me that won’t be disturbed by the rest.
  • Declutter – Not only our living spaces – which DO need a lot of work – but I’m intentionally decluttering habits, attitudes and people that no longer serve me, what this means is – When something no longer serves you, it no longer helps you move forward in the direction you (currently) want to go – and this space is in need of a serious bout of decluttering!
  • Finances – In 2019 my finances had some good times and some bad times, it turns out the bad times were the ones where I never actually set my budget, in turn, this made me lose track of where my money was actually being spent, who was being paid etc. So this year I’m setting my budget and not taking my eye off the ball this time around! (A bonus to 2019 was that I did manage to get rid of £7651.72 debt)
  • Myself – It turns out I don’t put myself first – EVER – so this year I’m focusing my attention to my own self-care and planning to take some time out for myself, this will include things like having a relaxing bath (2 baths in a year and a half isn’t good for anyone – I will add that I do shower! haha), spending time with friends, buying myself clothes – I mean there’s only so many times in a week you can wear the same outfits right?

I’m looking forward to 2020 now with my word of the year set in place and with my goals to work on.

Until next time,

Much Love

Laura xx

Did you choose a word for 2020? If so, I’d love to hear what it is and why you chose it!

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My Reading Challenge 2018

I’ve been looking for a challenge or two to do for 2018 since the beginning of December (because five kids, starting up a blog, packing and moving isn’t enough of a challenge for me in January alone) haha!

I first found the goodreads challenge which you basically set yourself a goal of how many books you will read in the year, so I’ve set myself a target of 30 books.

It wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, I wanted something different!

Since 2016 when I started up my Online business, I’ve been working more on myself so my reads have been more on the personal development side and that is basically all I’ve been reading – it’s obviously not a bad thing to do, working on yourself, but you just know when you need something more…

I’ve missed the fantasy and thrillers, the Fairytale and true stories, the chance to be lost in another world – you know the ones – and the enticement of the book world is just too great to ignore for very long.

I found it!

I found exactly what I need to get me back into the world of books :-

The Popsugar Challenge!!

Not only is this going to grow my reading experience again, but I will be experiencing books I would never normally read, such as sports and feminism – if it’s the new age feminism stuff then, yuck!

I’m in love with the idea of the challenge and I’ve made a start with my reading challenge and my first book of choice is: The Colour of Magic written by Terry Pratchett, I love his books and I found 3 of his while packing the house up, all brand new I’d bought a couple of years back that I never got round to, so it was the perfect book to begin with.

The fact it falls under three of the categories helped – although I’ll not be cheating myself out of the challenge by marking one book as three – no point in doing it that way really is there?!

If you want to join me and many others in the Popsugar reading Challenge, here’s the list you’ll be needing for 2018

Have you joined in any challenges for 2018? Or even set your own? Let me know in the comments, I’m always looking for new things to get involved in.

Much Love

Laura xx

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