My Word for 2018

It’s already the second week of 2018 and I haven’t written about my goals or hopes or dreams for the year yet. Last year was a productive year, mostly because I finally moved out of the mental institution after 9 1/2 years. From there on, I’ve been attempting to move forward and live a healthier life in many different respects. Physically, I embarked on a weight loss, healthier eating and fitness journey. I was also referred to an occupational therapist for help with my mobility and fine motor impairments. For my mental health, I started dialectical behavior therapy.

I also started day activities once out of the institution. This is a huge accomplishment, as I could never handle the pressure of going to a day center for any prolonged amount of time. At first, I went to an industrial group, but I was later moved to a sensory-based group. This has been a very positive experience. I also started horseback riding in September and swimming with my husband in November. Lastly, I got an iPhone. All in all, I did a pretty godo job of ticking off the items of my 2017 bucket list.

It doesn’t mean I don’t still struggle. In 2017, I took two overdoses which required a night on the internal medicine ward. As I mentioned last Sunday, on Wednesday, I engaged in pretty bad self-injurious behavior at day activities. I’m still often very much stressed out.

On Writes Like a Girl, Nicole shared an interesting take on the cycle of life: she theorized that one year is for action and the next for maintenance. Her 2017, like mine, was totally about moving forward. She deliberately chooses 2018 to be a year for rest and calm. She will continue to move forward, but at a slower pace than she did in 2017. Same for me.

My word for 2018 is a word that fits in nicely with dialectical behavior therapy. The first skill we work on in DBT is mindfulness. Mindfulness is pretty much hyped up and I’m not too sure I fully understand it. Even so, I think it’s an important skill. Like Nicole, I need to do less and be more. My word for 2018, for this reason, is simply (or not so simply): be.

This doesn’t mean I don’t have goals for 2018. For example, I do still want to continue my healthy living and weight loss journey and set myself a new goal weight for the end of the year. However, I’m taking this slowly. After all, I’d rather lose the weight slowly and keep it off than lose it rapidly only to gain it all back.

Other than this, I don’t have any goals that require me to reach a certain end result. I mean, I’ve set myself a goal of keeping a jornal, but I’ve not set a requirement of how often or how much I need to write. I also really hope to blog more this year and I think I’m finally ready to ditch my mediocre Dutch blog and move my focus entirely back here.

What is your word for 2018?

6 thoughts on “My Word for 2018

  1. Interesting. I have never thought of it that way, but I think I agree that years tend to ebb and flow, one with forward movement and one for maintaining.
    Looking back I decided 2017 was a year of acceptance. I don’t tend to set resolutions or words for the New Year though. Do you find it helpful?

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  2. Wow! You had quite the year! That’s so wise that you can see the need for rest and maintenance following such a year!

    I have no clear course of action for 2018 and am just along for the ride.

    I have specific goals I work on, but they’re nothing huge. Right now, I am simply working on setting out my next day outfits each night. So far this year, I am at 83% which is a huge increase from last month, so I’m on a role in my book. Next month, I intend to work on setting up breakfast before bed.

    This week, I’m doing a speech on will power and goal setting. Perhaps I’ll post some of the research I find for my blog readers!

    I am super happy for you and wish you a 2018 with much love, joy and tenacity!

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  3. My word for 2018 is confidence. In 2017, my word was fearless and that went well for me, so confidence seems like the next step. Thanks for sharing.

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