SHAKE // 2018 word of the year

Choosing a word of the year is one of my favorite things! The words I choose as my theme for the year always have a profound impact on my life. I’ve wrote about my experiences with my previous two words here  and here.  You can also read about the concept of Ali Edwards’ One Little Word project here

My 2018 word of the year is ….. drum roll …. SHAKE.

Before I explain why I chose this word, let me say that I love routines and consistency. I like to follow the plan and to figure out how all the puzzle pieces of my life fit together. I mean, I have a blog about planners; this probably isn’t a surprise.

Over the last couple months, I’ve been thinking a lot about my big, long term goals. One night a few weeks ago, I realized that to really make progress on these big goals I needed to shake things up and make some big changes.

I want to SHAKE THINGS UP when they’re not working out. To quote the great queen of country Reba McEntire, “when the deck is stacked against me, I just play a different game.” I spend a lot of time making tiny tweaks and adjustments to things that should be getting major overhauls, so this year I want to learn when it’s time to shake things up and change the game. This applies to both big things — like finances —  and small things — like my exercise routine.

I want to SHAKE THINGS OFF instead of dwelling on failures. I want to stop dwelling on things I can’t change, and instead focus on moving forward.

I want to SHAKE THINGS OUT. I feel like I’ve been stuck in a rut in several areas of my life, so this year I want to shake things out and see which of those are actually routines that I love and want to keep, and which things I’m doing out of habit.

I’m so excited to see where this word takes me! It’s big and scary, but I think it’s going to lead to great places. Do you have a word for 2018? Let me know what it is in the comments.

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