My Word for the Year: Forward

January 22, 2017

Have you ever had a mantra for the year? I have. I started it last year. It can be a sentence or a phrase that will guide you and your actions for the year. I think I got it from another blogger who posted something about it a year prior to me starting it. Last year I used “Love Yourself” because I felt that I was giving more of myself to other people and to work and I needed to step back and re-learn to prioritize myself and recognize my own needs before I took on the needs of others. It was helpful for me last year and I decided to do it again today.

A phrase that stood out for me at the start of the year was “Make it or Break it.” There are several things that I want to accomplish this year and I thought that it would be a good way to motivate me. When I had time to think about it, the phrase just seemed to hold too much pressure for me. If I wanted to love myself last year, I think that expecting too much from myself might be the exact opposite. I feel too stressed from life as it is. I decided to think of something else.

One of my favorite bloggers, Kate Alvarez, posed the question (I am paraphrasing here): if you could choose one word to guide you this year, what would it be?  Funny enough, I had one in mind before I even saw the post.

I was watching America’s Next Top Model’s new season and they were using the word “Boss” as their main word. They wanted the models to keep the word in mind with everything that they were doing. They wanted them to act and live like a boss to accomplish their model-dreams. That’s where I got the idea of using just one word to guide me for this year. That’s when something came to me, a word that just popped out in my head:

Thinking forward...

I turn 40 this year. I look back and realize I have so many dreams that have yet to be fulfilled. There are so many things from my past that I felt I could have done better. There’s nothing I can do about that. The only thing I can do now is move forward.

I have several health issues. I feel like it has always been one step forward, two steps back when it comes to my health. Sometimes I just want to give up. I need to face everything and just keep moving. Keep doing what I can. Keep going forward.

There are so many challenges at work. It feels like every time there is an obstacle that has been overcome, there is another greater one that takes its place. I know that I can’t just crawl into a corner and wait for it to go away. No matter what, I just must do what I can and hope for the best. I must keep moving and keep pushing forward.

I have my share of insecurities, anxieties, worries and moments of depression. Sometimes it keeps me from doing anything at all. It is a struggle to overcome. But I cannot let it bring me down. I cannot let it push me down and let me drown. I need to look ahead and fight for that light at the end of the tunnel. I need to look forward.

For anything I accomplish, I need to remember not to let it get to my head. I need to keep a level head. I need to keep living my life the way I used to with or without any accomplishments. I need to keep my head forward.

Forward. It is just one word but now that I think about it, the meaning of it has so much significance. For every struggle, I need to move forward. For every regret, I need to keep looking forward. For every setback, I need to keep pushing forward. For every accomplishment, I need to keep going forward. I should not let life hold me back by either being too complacent or too worried.

What about you? If you could choose one word to guide you this year, what would it be?

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  1. You will not only go forward, but also flourish! I love, this Claire.

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