Well, it’s that time of year.
Time to pick ONE WORD to focus on for the entire year.
(If you’ve never heard about the My One Word approach, here is a summary:
Lose the long the list of changes you want to make this year and instead pick one word. This process forces clarity by taking all of your big plans for life change and narrowing them down into a single thing. Your one word focuses on your character and creates a vision for your future.)
Below is a list of the words, I’ve chosen so far:
- 2014: ACCEPTANCE
- 2015: BELIEVE
- 2016: GRATITUDE
- 2017: RELAX
- 2018: ADAPT
- 2019: RE-FOCUS
- 2020: PATIENCE
- 2021: RESILIENCE
So how resilient was I in 2021?
On the whole, 2021 was not as difficult as 2020. Since I was still working from home, there was no work travel to some of my favorite running locales (i.e. NYC, Rochester, Liverpool, Buffalo). We were wearing masks indoors but with having gotten both vaccines, I was able to connect with friends. Even though there were COVID restrictions (and many inconvenient ones), in person races were scheduled. And I felt safe participating in them. I even traveled for two race-cations.
IOW, I felt that I was resilient in 2021 and hope to continue to be so in the coming years.
What helped me the most was realizing that friendships, both virtual and face to face, were more important than running pace and race finish times. And having a mileage goal of 1000 miles was more motivating than a PR. It meant that I was running consistently and healthy. Many of my runs were solo but I also made the effort to be flexible and run with others. And even if there were sucky things going on in my personal (non-running) life, I tried to focus on the positives (at least I hope I did). And running was definitely one of the positives of 2021.
What will my word be in 2022?
When you are intentional, you choose to make decisions and take action on what’s really important to you. You do things that brings you joy.
I think that I am often too impulsive. That can be good. I do not procrastinate. I make a decision and take action (almost immediately) ….
But sometimes it is important to think things through and focus on your “why.”
IOW, what you do decide to do should have meaning and be important (not a whim.)
When I was thinking about ways to become more intentional, I found these suggestions:
1. Keep your goals in mind.
2. Be present in the moment.
3. Look after your health.
4. Declutter your life.
5. Assess your priorities.
6. Practice gratitude.
7. Mind your money.
8. Make time for the simple things.
9. Stop comparing yourself to others.
10. Practice forgiveness.
11. Disconnect from social media.
12. Meditate at night.
And yes, most of these can apply to Running!! And to Blogging. And to Life, in general …
I think they are doable for me in 2022 (except for maybe #11 & #12 lol).
- To celebrate the start of 2022 and stay safe yet connected and active, I ran a local race on a balmy January day.
- I didn’t win an award but didn’t care because I had fun.
- In order to keep with my training plan for my January 23 half marathon, I completed 7.25 more solo miles.
- Then re-arranged my plans for the next day: Cancelled long run plans, cleaned the house, went shopping, baked “healthy” muffins, read my book club book (The Maidens)
Happy Running! Do you choose a Word each year? If so, have you chosen one for 2022? Do you need to be more intentional? Please share.
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