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