As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I am working on a project through the Ali Edwards brand called One Little Word. It is my first time doing this year-long project and for 2018 I’ve chosen the word “Calm”. I’ve posted a walk-through of my One Little Word album on my You Tube channel for your viewing.
There are many, many reasons I have chosen the word calm. For those that don’t know me, I can be very intense and emotional. This was okay for a very long time. But since becoming a mother, and being hit with big life changes, this intense, emotional way of life just doesn’t work anymore. I had a number of health issues in 2017 due to stress, both at work and at home. Looking back now it’s easy to see how it could’ve been so much worse. But, at the time, I was blinded by stress and anxiety. So much so that I had permanent neck problems and I contracted shingles. This was not okay!
Looking at 2018, we will be facing another move to a city we’re not familiar with. Coupled with a spirited toddler, and trying to solidify plans regarding future work and career opportunities, 2018 is shaping up to look very similar to what we faced in 2017. Except, I don’t want any of the health issues, anxiety, and depression that came with those experiences.
Therefore, I have chosen the word “Calm” as an opportunity to focus on better coping mechanisms. Mechanisms to help pull myself out of that negative, dark spiral. I don’t think I’m in a place where I can prevent it but to just build a foundation to help recognize it and stop it is the first step.
Through breathing and patience I am hoping to calm my mind and emotions to better cope with new and challenging situations.
Now before you start thinking that this is kind of “new-age” or out-there, I have never tried this type of self-improvement before. Like most things I’ve done in the last 6 months, this is WAY beyond my comfort zone and it took me the whole month to finish my January prompts. The more something is out of my comfort zone, the worse my procrastination. To be honest, I haven’t even looked at the prompt for February yet. The worst part is that the prompts take only a couple of hours a month. Super simple and reasonable. But if it were easy, more people would be doing it, right?!
So here is my accountability check in for January. I’m excited to keep sharing this experience with you. Are you taking part in OLW 2018? Have you chosen a word for 2018? Please share your word and experience below. I would love to hear about it!