Fresh Start

1/21/17

This is day one of a new experiment. I still not sure what it will look like or what changes it will bring but one thing I hope is that it *will* bring changes..

I chose the word Expansion – the act of becoming larger or more extensive – as my one word theme for 2017. For those of you who haven’t encountered the idea of choosing a one word theme for your year, I’ve included a couple of resources here and here to check out. I first heard about it while listening to Gretchen Rubin’s ‘Happier’ podcast. It resonated with me because I always felt my new years resolutions (if I made one) lacked focus and fell off early in the year. I didn’t want to repeat that again. With a one word theme for my year, my goal is to bring focus on the resolutions and decisions I might make for the whole year. It will allow me to ask focused questions when presented with an idea or opportunity. “Does this expand my experience? Does this push my boundaries? Will it allow me to go deeper?”

Just as important as defining what ‘Expansion’ means to me is to define what it does not mean. Expansion does not mean stretching myself thin, adding needless stress, or saying yes to everything. It means being mindful, purposeful in the activities and resolutions in which I choose to participate.

One way I hope to be more mindful of my year of Expansion is to write about it. I have found over much of my life that writing down my thoughts helps me to process and think through things more thoroughly. Over the past year or two, I’ve had a nagging in the back of my head telling me to write more. I’ve tried writing in journals but for whatever I have had trouble getting back in the habit. By putting a purpose around my writing, documenting my year of Expansion, I am hoping I can dive back in a bit.

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