I'm working hard to make myself a priority in 2017. I spent a lot of 2016 worrying about people near people, people in the world, just people in general. I do that a lot and I want to make sure that I'm taking time for me and myself as well as the people I love.
All that to say that I really love this trend of having one word to focus on during the new year. I haven't done "resolutions" for a long time now because I usually set myself up for failure with them and I'm really tired of that. Sometimes I choose a mantra and sometimes I choose a word. This year it's a word.
I'm going to work hard on my mindfulness this year. That means being present, listening more, enjoying quiet more, practicing silence, meditating and guiding my thoughts, and really paying attention to what I need and desire in certain situations.
I tend to think of everyone else before myself and I think it's still really important to make sure I can provide a sense of comfort for friends and family, but do I really need to put myself last on my list just to ensure that everyone else is comfortable?
No. No I do not.
And I think mindfulness is going to play a small part in this writing space too. I don't want to make it a big deal and I don't want to put more than I can into it, but I like writing! I like documenting my life! I like sharing stories and pictures and adventures!
So I'm going to work on keeping that in my head as well.
If you're still reading, thanks. I know my words don't reach as many people as they used to, but I've come to a sense of peace with that. It means a lot that you still visit me on this tiny corner of the internet sometimes.