A word to describe the year to come – that is the inspiration/idea I gathered from Kathryn’s Instragram. Kathryn, the marvel behind the crochet website Crochet Concupiscence, captioned her photo with the following:
“My word of the year is intentionality and I specifically want to be conscious and intentional around what I consume and create, how I use my time and the health around my literal and metaphorical breath.”
She asked about our word – what will we use to define out attempts (or resolutions) for 2015. Here is mine. Meaning.
Yup – that’s it. It seems like such a simple little word that has very little impact on life – but in reality, it is what life is all about – finding meaning behind all that you do and if there is no meaning, why continue?
I am currently reading the book “How Remarkable Women Lead” (admittedly, its about centered leadership and is applicable for all genders – they just focused on interviewing women) and the first major piece of any successful leader is being a person who has and knows the meaning – a job is not satisfying unless there is meaning. Why do you do what you do at a career level? It no longer becomes money related or “its what I’m supposed to do.”
But beyond that, as my 2015 word – I am going to find the meaning in my life: professionally and personally. And where there is meaning there is purpose. Where there is purpose there is optimism and where there is optimism, happiness comes a bit easier.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a very happy person and I attribute it to my spiritual being – to God. Even with all the hassles, troubles, and hurdles in my life I look at everything I do have as a blessing. But I do believe that I do some things even though there is no meaning. I was knitting with friends one night when one of them said they were not enjoying knitting the item selected for the knit-a-long (this was a year or so ago) – so if there is no meaning, then why?
I’m going to finish this book (which is absolutely fascinating – I’m even taking notes) and I’m going to be spending a lot of time looking at my life and determining what my meaning is in each activity I partake in. I am going to be a better person for it and in the end, I will have found a personal purpose in all I do. I’m sure that as I migrate into this centered leadership way of living that I’ll share tidbits here in hopes to possibly inspire any one of you.
What is your word for 2015?