It’s a new year, a clean slate and a fresh start. 2015 was a very tough year and I felt as if I were in an emotional fog for most of it. I was in shock and numb from the back-to-back losses of both my mother and a good friend. And I did my best to do what needed to be done… and I got things accomplished, but I had no passion, goals or dreams.
It is 2016. The fog has cleared and I am back.
This year I decided to focus on a word, and let my goals flow from that. The word that came to mind was: Bloom.
There are many definitions for the word bloom according to Webster’s online dictionary:
1a:flowerb: the flowering state <the roses in bloom>c: a period of flowering <the spring bloom>d: a rapid and excessive growth of a plankton population (as of algae or dinoflagellates) — compare red tide
2a: a state or time of beauty, freshness, and vigor b: a state or time of high development or achievement <a career in full bloom>
3: a surface coating or appearance: as a: a delicate powdery coating on some fruits and leaves b: a rosy appearance of the cheeks; broadly: an outward evidence of freshness or healthy vigor c: a cloudiness on a film of varnish or lacquer d: a grayish discoloration on chocolate e: glare caused by an object reflecting too much light into a television camera
I chose to focus on 1a and b, 2 a and b and 3 b. Bloom as a flowering state, a time of freshness and vigor, high achievement and an outward evidence of freshness or healthy vigor.
These work well with: bringing my health back to a bloom through daily walks, weight workouts and cleaner eating: bringing my business to a state of achievement by increasing my social media presence, adding products to my offerings, and continuing to refine my booth and books: blooming creatively by taking classes and reading books: blooming financially and encouraging a period of flowering between the cats (there are 3 and they do not like each other).
Have you made resolutions for the new year? Do you choose a word for the year? How do you work on goals?