New year, New Goal. As I mentioned yesterday, last year was all about Change – it was a crazy, chaotic year. And that leads right in to this year. To settle down. To plant roots. To nourish a foundation under myself and my family. This is a new outlook for me – to settle in and nourish where I’m at, not to be go-go-go and looking for the next next next thing. My word of the year for 2015: Cultivate
One definition for Cultivate is to prepare and work on land in order to raise crops – but I’m sure we all know that applies to more than raising crops! To promote or improve the growth of by labor and attention. I want to cultivate myself. My family. Prepare ourselves through love, labor, and attention, so that we can thrive and grow. We moved and are in a new place, new town, new schools. I want to plant roots – to integrate into this new place and phase of life. To step back a little and plant seeds of awesomeness. This past summer I had a couple of weeks that were eye-opening for me, and I really want to stop the glorification of busyness – to slow down just a little. To cultivate what is here and not be running for the next thing out there. Strengthen the foundation of everything.
I almost picked “settle” as my word. But I thought it may come off as giving up, just “settling”. And I was aiming for “settling in”, setting roots where we’re at. After hashing it out, I realized Cultivate was what I was looking for – what I want to aim for, in all things.
To apply oneself to improving or developing. To cultivate is also to acquire or develop a quality, sentiment, or skill. To apply oneself to improving or developing. There are several things that can fall under the general idea of cultivating ourselves. Cultivate Happiness. Cultivate Kindness. Cultivate Gratitude. I would love to cultivate those traits as well, as we build this solid foundation of life.
Thanks for letting me share a little glimpse of what I hope to do in 2015! To Cultivate: myself, my family, even my blog work. Nourish and strengthen and prepare for growth.