Self-Care Challenge (Day 341): Choosing Theme Words

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On day 341 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I chose theme words for 2017.

I’m a planning enthusiast, so it’s not uncommon for me to begin thinking about my goals for the coming year in early December. That’s when I begin assessing my accomplishments for the year so I can make adjustments to complete any lingering goals.

Early planning certainly has its advantages. For one, there’s a much better selection of planning supplies in early December. Stores begin putting out their planners and calendars during the start of the holiday season, which means by the time January rolls around they’re pretty picked over. Early birds have a definite advantage.

Early planning also allows me to enjoy the holiday season without burying myself in goal-setting activities. Likewise, planning ahead means I can get a head start on my goals at the first of the year.

Last year, I chose “connection” as my mantra. Looking back, it absolutely helped me focus my energy on making my intention a reality. In many cases, I pushed beyond my comfort zone as an introvert, attending networking meetings (even when I didn’t want to), connecting one-on-one with people who share common interests, and sharing personal aspects of my life on my blog. Many times along the way I wanted to give up, and I had to remind myself that I was doing these things because “connection” was important to me.

My efforts have paid off too. This year, I’ve formed more connections than any other in my adult life. I feel incredibly supported, encouraged, and inspired, and I’m ready to dust off some of the ideas and goals that I’ve shelved over the years.

As I think about 2017, and what I hope to create over the next 12 months, I keep going back to my reiki experience, where the words wonderful, beautiful, open and warm spontaneously appeared in my mind. They clearly have significance for me, and I’m feeling drawn to exploring them a bit more this year.


Beauty and Openness shall be my theme words for 2017. I can’t wait to see how those words manifest over time.

What do you want to experience this year? What are your theme words?

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