I’ve been working on Danielle LaPorte’s The Desire Map for the better part of 2013. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s part book, part worksheets, part multimedia program, and 100% self-reflection. And the main idea in it all revolves around declaring how you want to feel in order to do more of what makes you feel that way.
It took me a while – I like to ponder things over – and then life got all busy, but I finally carved out time to sit down with all the descriptive words I liked to narrow it down to a select few (Danielle calls these your Core Desired Feelings). It’s been like a more expansive, more personal, less time sensitive word-of-the-year exercise, and once I stopped putting it off, really fun.
I’ve been test driving my words, reflecting on them, and they feel pretty good. I’m holding them close for right now, but I had to share a finalist that didn’t make the cut with you: energize.
Energize is such a great word, and really, if the number six felt right to me (it doesn’t, I like odd numbers), energize would be on my list. One definition sells me: to give energy to. Isn’t that a great idea on the cusp of a new year? What would you give energy to in 2014?
In the abstract, I’d say more inherent joy for me, please. In concrete terms, I’d like to give energy to simplifying and streamlining my life, and revamping the way I do things.
Part of that means I’ll be unplugging more. January marks three years for this blog (though it’s more like five years total if you’ve been with me since the very beginning), and I’ve hit the point where I’m feeling tapped out. I can’t keep up with a five day a week, or even a three day a week, blogging schedule anymore, so rather than fill this space with fluff, I’ll be showing up when I’ve got something to say or share.
But the more I think about it, the more I see that as a good thing, because that photo up above? That’s how I want to feel. Bright and lively and excited. I’m not there yet, but I will be. Time to hone in and focus, which is a pretty decent thing to give energy to, I think.
However you spend it, have a fabulous New Year!