It has been awhile since I posted, and it is already the second week into January 2018. Which is crazy. But I thought I would share my word for the year today with you and how it was provided to me. So, grab your cup of coffee and join me for a minute.
I’ve read that choosing a word for the year can really help you in setting and accomplishing your goals. And I also read on more than one blogger’s pages that when they had chosen a word, things in their lives happened that relates to that word.
My word for 2017 was to ‘grow’, but sadly I don’t feel that I’ve grown the amount that I would have wanted to. I did, however, accomplish a few of my goals that I’ve made. Namely to start a blog, saving for the wedding (which I am glad to report that it went great), and I wrote my SACAP exam and passed with flying colors, which made me a Professional Senior Architectural Technologist! Whoohoo!
The festive season was quite hectic and I didn’t give new goals and a new word much thought until the first week of January. And to be honest, I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to achieve this year other than to get married in May! (follow our wedding journey here)
It was Friday night when I went to bed when I the thought of ‘word for the year’ crossed my mind again. But I didn’t give it much thought and fell asleep. Saturday morning when I woke up the first thing that came to my mind was ‘self-love’. That really resonated with me, because like many other women, I tend to put everyone else’s needs before mine. And it doesn’t help that I am a people pleaser!
I thought that I might just imagine this ‘self-love’ intention, but it stuck with me the whole day and questions like: ‘What does self-love look like to me, why do I want to put everyone else’s needs before mine, how do I achieve this self-love?’ tumbled through my mind the whole day.
Ultimately, I don’t think that this word(s) came to me just on my own. I really think that God has placed it in my heart to pursue it this year.
So how does self-love look to you, Nadine? Well, I am so glad you asked.
First and foremost, spending more quality time and being more active in doing my quiet time. I think this is the most difficult to do because Satan is relentless in keeping you away from Him. When you make a plan to spend time with Father, something will just happen that distracts you and you forget to do your quiet time altogether. I intend to do my quiet time first thing in the morning before I touch my phone, I must confess that my phone is my biggest distraction.
The second thing on my list is to ‘love my body’. Wow, that sounded cheesy! But I am created in His image and thus it is important for me to take care of the vessel that He gave my soul to live in. He created us differently and so uniquely, so my body and mind will need different things to be at peace with myself to the next girl.
In order to love my body and mind, I intend to make it a priority to exercise and fuel my body with the right nutrition. I’ve been following the ‘Tone It Up’- girls’ workouts on and off over the last year. But this year I want to really commit to a morning workout. Working out in the morning motivates me for the day. And it also helps me to not want to eat unhealthy foods that will ruin my workout session.
Keeping up with the ‘love my body theme’. I really want to get into a good skincare routine. I have a skincare routine, but I want to add exfoliation and masks to my routine as well. Occasionally I take a bubble bath and put on a face mask, but if I want to see real results, I need to up my game!
Then I really want to start reading again. I have a few books that I haven’t touched that is gathering dust on the shelf. Generally, I just want to do more things that I love.
Just in general not spreading myself to thin and trying to please everyone. I know that this is not good for my health, but I just keep doing it anyway. So, I really want to be mindful of how I spend my time. Leaving negative people and talk in 2017.
I know this was just rambling talk, but thank you for sticking to the end! You deserve a medal! Let’s quickly recap my self-love strategy:
Self-love: ‘I am beautifully and wonderfully made’ so I will love my body, mind, and soul! I will stop comparing myself to others and spend more time with God.
Self-love: do things that I love, like reading and baking 😉
Self-love: Avoid negative talk and people and anything that will bring down my happy!
I would love to hear from you! What is your word for 2018 and how do you spend your time to take care of yourself? Comment below to let me know!