2018, so far, has been all about trying new things that test my comfort zone. I started a bullet journal, which pushes my boundaries of being creative and is forcing me to step away from my computer more often; I started the year down one organ (everything is ok, but I am definitely looking forward to seeing how life changes without that extra baggage); I just finished the Crossfit Judges course (which is pretty comical to have thought this time last year that I would be judging other people on their workouts); and I have chosen a word of the year.
The bullet journal is something that I had looked at for a few years, but never committed to because I thought I couldn’t keep it up and that I wasn’t artistic or creative enough. We are one month into 2018, and I have been keeping up with it ok. This week I have not done very well, but I am trying desperately to give myself grace and remember that skipping one week is not the end of everything.
Speaking of “Grace,” I guess now is the time to announce my 2018 word of the year. I have chosen Grace. It kept coming to me when I was thinking about how I want to grow this year, so I finally just looked it up to see the exact definition of grace and determined that there are so many (8!) definitions (for real there are 8 definitions for the word grace https://goo.gl/Jkvbsv ) that it really fits what changes I would like to see in myself over the next year. With my bullet journal I am learning to give myself grace to not be perfect. Grace to let things slide every now and then. Grace to keep rolling when something doesn’t go as planned. I also want to push myself to give others more grace when they mess up or irritate me or don’t follow through. I am a slight (yes, I know you are rolling your eyes if you me in real life) control freak and I tend to not give very much grace when things don’t go as planned. Also, let’s just be real that the person who broke her arm falling off a box from a step-up needs a little more of the physical type of grace as well.
I have truly been making a concerted effort to show more grace and I am finding that I feel better about daily life when I am able to stop myself and give grace, whether it is to me or someone else.