Whilst I’ll probably be writing down some specific things I’d like to have ticked off by the end of the year, I want to take a bit of a different approach to 2018.
I’ve been familiar with the idea of a ‘word of the year’ for a while, but this video from the goddess that is Lucy Sheridan (seriously, check her out on Instagram @lucysheridan) explains the idea really well.
Rather than a list of stuff, having a word to focus on through the year, to bring everything back to, to be really intentional about – I think that will help me make the most of 2018.
So what is my word of 2018? The suspense is killing you, I’m sure.
If you haven’t guessed from the title of this post – it’s Action.
2018, for me, will be the year of putting my money where my mouth is, walking the walk as well as talking the talk, and taking Action on the things I want to do.
I spent a lot of 2017 bouncing around my own brain and whilst I’m grateful for (some of) the things I found in there, I’m starting to get some cabin fever.
Through self-exploration, reading, following, listening, and various other mediums, I have learnt a lot this year. Thought a lot; ruminated. Turned over ideas and concepts in my mind. Pictured the stuff I think I’d like to be doing with my life.
It’s time to put all of that into Action.
What does that look like?
This year, I’ll be taking Action on:
1. My health – mental and physical
For too long I’ve been too scared or shamed or self-hating to really take care of myself, and look after my health. I’ve neglected doctors, dentists – even my smear test, I’m ashamed to admit – because I dreaded the thought of asking for help from a health professional and finding triggering assumptions or weight shaming remarks instead.
But, thinking about it – would a thin person allow these things to get in the way? I don’t think so.
So, I’m not going to either. I’m going to start taking the advice I would give myself if I were my best friend (there’s a sentence to confuse you), and take Actions to truly improve my health.
That includes; registering at a dentist and new doctors, booking in for a smear test, and continuing to get help from a chiropractor with the severe back pain I’ve been experiencing. It’s likely there’ll be other stuff to look after along the way too.
This accounts for my mental health also – I haven’t had the best experience with therapy before, but know it’s something I really should do to help myself move past my trauma and pain. I’m not putting a deadline on this one, but it’s on my mind for sure.
Food, too – such a tricky thing. My disordered eating habits are nowhere near as crippling as they were 6 months ago, but there’s a lot of room left on my journey for making peace with food and my body, and to start feeding myself in a more compassionate, kind and nutritious way.
To confirm, this is in no way me succumbing to diet culture. In fact, quite the opposite. I’m not going to let it rule my life any more. I’m going to take Action on improving my health whilst accepting my body exactly as it is.
It’s time for me and this chunk of skin I’m living in to become better friends.
2. My creative ideas
I think I’m starting to become like ‘the boy who cried wolf’ among my family and friends – I keep talking about all the stuff I want to do creatively, and they nod their head and say ‘sure’…but where are all these incredible endeavours?
Still in my head, unfortunately.
A film blog (I’m doing better at that one), a podcast (I’ve ordered the microphone now, to take down another obstacle I’d been giving myself), maybe even a book idea; all stuff I’ve mentioned but not reeeeeally made happen.
No matter how long it takes, no matter how few people are watching or listening, no matter how scared I am to put myself out there, I will take Action to bring my creative visions into reality.
So here you go, a list of statements to hold me accountable against:
I will launch my podcast this year.
I will post content regularly on this blog and my film blog.
I will write a first draft of the manuscript for my book idea.
I will improve my photography skills, and put the incredible camera I was so grateful to receive for Christmas to good use.
Wow, they were kinda scary to write down. But hey, they’re out in the world now. Watch this space, I guess.
3. Changing my money
I’m proud to say I’m already taking Action on this one – I produced a budget in September last year and have been tracking my spending ever since, not to mention managed to fund Christmas without getting myself in debt and I’ve paid for a holiday to Berlin in February.
So, here’s to continuing that good work, changing my money mindset and being more mindful with my money too.
I have a very achievable plan in place to help me pay off my debts this year, as well as cover all necessary expenses – and I even have what my old boss Lisa used to call a ‘Big Hairy Audacious Goal’ (sounds tasty) for my savings, which would take me very close to building my dream life.
By taking Action on changing my money, I won’t only be dreaming of what it’s like to be the kind of person with savings, who can afford quality clothes, who can pay to travel to all the places she wants to go – I’ll actually be that person. And wouldn’t that be lovely?
Okay then you gorgeous people – tell me in the comments, what’s your word of the year for 2018?