The other day, a close friend of mine explained that she didn’t quite believe in new years resolutions (why wait until a certain day of a year to promise to be a better person by making a list of somewhat unrealistic goals, and then beat yourself up when you do not reach it?). Instead, she explained, we should have a certain word or phrase each year that reminds us and urges us to just be the best version of ourselves everyday. I fell in love with this idea of a word–a word to root you in being better; a word that gives you the freedom to grow how you choose, but still grounds you in improvement. And I’ve spent the past several day reflecting on what word would resonate the most with me for 2015.
So what is it that I truly I hope to accomplish in 2015?
I want to seek out knowledge about the world around me.
I intend to seek opportunities that make me or the world a better person.
I hope to seek out the best in people.
I only wish to seek out experiences of love, kindness, service, and authenticity
I will go and seek new adventures (adventure IS out there).
Lastly, I can seek for balance and decisions that are healthy and good for me.
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So, the word I choose to guide me through 2015 is SEEK. I love that his word is active and simple and can be applied to almost any situation or decision. And since 2015 is going to be a year of major decisions–where to apply to doctoral programs, what summer in internship to pursue, and how to spend my second year of graduate school–I know that I will be doing a lot of soul searching and seeking what is best for myself and others.
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I hope you all have a wonderful NYE, however you are choosing to celebrate, but I also hope that you give yourself some time in the next couple days to reflect (if you do truly wish to become brighter and greater in 2015)! Remember that you have the power each day to get out of bed and be a better version of yourself–that’s an immensely positive and empowering feeling! As we each embark on the journey to take on 2015 as our best selves each and every day, let me ask you: what will your guiding word be?