2020- My Word of the Year

2020- My Word of the Year

Happy New Year!

So I’ve been really bad about keeping to my posting schedule the past month or so with how busy things have been, but I’m going to work on getting back on track now. Anyways, that’s not what today’s post is about so moving right along….

Several years ago, I quit doing Resolutions, because let’s just face it. I would never keep them. After entering the crafting world as a shop owner, I was introduced to the idea of choosing a word. This will be the 5th year since I started choosing a word for the year. Or rather, the word chooses me….

Sometime in December each year I start thinking “I need to pick a word for next year!” I start to try to think, but quickly forget about it. Within the next few days a word will start popping into my head. After a few days of the same word coming to mind, I realize that it is what my word is meant to be for the next year. Even if I have no clue why when I think of the word, it turns out to be exactly the word I need for the year. Every. Single. Time.

I’m not going to take time to go through them all in detail, but here are my previous words:

2016- Faith

2017- Focus

2018- Persevere

2019- Minimize

If you want to read last year’s post where I talked about each of these, you can find it here.

For 2020 the word that came to me is one I know for sure I need. When the word came to me, my first instinct was to say “No!” and fight it and go with something else. But I know in my heart I need it more than anything. So this year, my word is….

Those who know me, know that I don’t take a lot of time for myself. I tend to throw myself into shop stuff all day, every day with little breaks. The past several months I have had the pleasure of meeting up with Patricia of Cheerful Planner Girl once a month for lunch. We have had so much fun hanging out! And when I return home, I feel so refreshed and ready to conquer tasks more than ever. This has taught me that I need to take more breaks.

There are days when I start feeling overwhelmed with the amount of stuff I have to do and feel like there isn’t enough time to complete it all. Believe it or not, I have tried a few times during those moments to take some time away from it all and just relax. And you know what? Not only did I feel less stressed, but I actually was able to accomplish everything with time to spare as a result. I know Self Care is extremely important, but I’m just so guilty of running myself down.

But it is about to change. 2020 will be my year of more Self Care. I will teach myself to slow down some, relax a little, and breathe. Because in the end I am responsible for taking care of myself and if I don’t take care of me, I won’t be able to take care of anyone else including my customers. And I love what I do too much to let that happen. So while my instinct was to argue with Self Care being my word, I won’t.

And you know it’s meant to be when one of my PRs, Katie, was overjoyed when I told my team my word. She has been on me off and on throughout the past year as it is and my response has continually been “I don’t have time.” Well… I don’t have time not to. And Katie won’t let me forget that as I go through this year. In fact, if you think of it, feel free to check in on me throughout the year. Ask me if I’ve taken time for me that week. Remind me that self care is important and that it’s ok to take a break. Those little reminders will be important during the busy times.

Do you choose a word for the year? If so, what is your word? If not, do you make resolutions? Goals? Let me know below what your word/resolutions/goals for the year are!

6 thoughts on “2020- My Word of the Year

    • craftpenguinplanner says:

      Thanks, friend! I know in the end, it will be the best thing for me. It will be a big year for you, but you totally got this!

  1. Louise says:

    That is a wonderful attitude to have for the year. I am sure will succeed.
    I have a goal for the year to complete a fun run I have wanted to do for the last couple of years.

    • craftpenguinplanner says:

      You can totally do it!! Keep focused on your goal and set smaller attainable goals/steps along the way to ultimately reach the end goal and you will surely succeed! 🙂 I find for me, it’s all about mindset. If I set my mind to something, my determination will push me through just about anything. It’s when I lose sight of it that I falter which is why those little reminders are always helpful. 🙂

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