Word of the Year Check In

Well, we’re halfway through 2016 and I thought it would be a good time to check in on my word of the year “Present.” Can I let you in on a little secret?  I started out strong, but lately, I haven’t been living that word out very well.

I blame a few things.  I have filled our calendar to the brim this summer with super fun things, but it makes me look ahead a little too much when I should be slowing down and enjoying the moment.  I also blame something stupid.  I broke my “Be Present” bracelet that was my good daily reminder.  I shouldn’t need that bracelet to remind me to live out my word of the day, but it was such a great reminder, if I felt my mind moving forward too much, I could slow down just by looking down and seeing that.  And finally, just when I got comfortable and really good with my yoga practice, well, we stopped. I need to get back into that groove, it was one of the biggest things that kept me focused and grounded.

If there is anything recent events such as Orlando, Nate’s grandmother passing away, or even something as simple as Ollie having a bad cold have shown me, it’s that I need to slow the F down and get back on track.  Treat each day as a present and BE present. Stop worrying about things coming up in months, weeks or even days. Go one minute, one step at a time.  And enjoy each moment as it comes.

So there you go, my public shame to myself to start living out my word of the day again.  Hopefully by December I can come back and give you a better report card. But I’m going to be present in the now and not stress about that quite yet. 😉 There is still a lot left of 2016.  I can and will turn this around.

4 thoughts on “Word of the Year Check In

  1. It’s never too late to pick it up again! Like you said you will get back on track and I know you will. I will be there to help you out if you want or need! 🙂

  2. I love the idea of your bracelet being a physical reminder of your word, and I don’t think that seems silly at all. Maybe you can find something else that will serve as a reminder in a similar way. I need something like that for my word, “confident,” because I haven’t been doing all that well on intentionally living it out lately either. Thanks for the reminder to check-in on mine too! I think summer gets so busy it’s easy to forget about a lot of things!

  3. Wow, I really needed to read this. It’s so true that we get caught up in planning and scheduling and making a mark that we don’t slow down and appreciate the little things. Can you get a new bracelet? Because if it helped you remember, then it’s so worth it. And yes, get thee back to yoga! It does help (so long as it’s not just another chore on your to-do list).

  4. I’m sure you can turn this around and get back on track for the rest of the year! You can do it! It is an important practice, being present in what is happening, what we are doing, and focusing on who we are with. <3

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