Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Word of the Year || 2018

Last year I read Writes Like A Girl's post on her Word of the Year, and I was instantly inspired. Having a Word of the Year is such a great way to plan out your year and know how you want to spend it, without being so specific that you set yourself up for failure straight away. It's inspiring, but not stressful; encouraging, and yet completely freeing. 

I started setting myself month goals in May last year - another decision inspired by Nicole from Writes Like A Girl - but I have decided not to continue this in 2018. As much as I enjoy reading posts about goals that are written by others, I feel that I was writing them for all the wrong reasons. 

They became quick and easy posts that I could spew out every single month without even really thinking about it, and I didn't like that. I became comfortable and lazy. I set myself goals that I either knew I would achieve, or wouldn't care if I didn't achieve them. I wasn't having fun, and I wasn't challenging myself. 

A big problem was the fact that I change my mind constantly; what I wanted a few days ago I no longer care about, so I was looking back on these goals with a pair of rolling eyes, forcing myself to complete them just so I wouldn't look like a failure. So, there will be no more monthly goal posts from me. 

I still want a way to measure my personal growth, and to have some sort of end game to aim towards, which is why I have chosen to set myself a Word of the Year. As soon as I made this decision, the word I have chosen came to my mind instantly. It was the first one I thought of, and I believe it's perfect for how I want to spend 2018: flourish

It's not such an obscure word that I am hazy about its definition, nor is it so common to me that it feels too average to define my whole year. Plus, its definition is exactly how I plan to spend the next 12 months: to grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way. By the end of 2018, I want to be three times the person I am now.

I want to grow, evolve, learn, and absorb as much of life as I can. I want to fill each day with even more happiness and positivity than I have now, if that's possible. 

Also, almost as though the universe knows about all the plans and hopes I have for myself and my blog in 2018, this year's Pantone's Colour of the Year and their reason behind it have never resonated with me so much. The colour is called Ultra Violet and it is meant to "communicate originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us towards the future". How on point is that?! 

I am honestly taking this as a sign that 2018 is going to be the year that I am hoping for. The future is unpredictable, but I am going to pave it in the direction I wish for it to go as much as I possibly can. Wish me luck, and let me know: what does 2018 have in store for you?

Until next time,
Indya xx