It seems to be a recent trend for people to choose a word to set their direction for the year ahead, rather than making the more traditional New Year resolutions. Last year I jumped on this bandwagon, and my word for 2015 was MOVE. I found it easier to pick a word than to make resolutions, and I also found it easier to remind myself about it during the year. I wasn’t obsessive about it, but there were definite points throughout 2015 that I reminded myself of my word in order to keep myself on track. So I think picking a word has worked for me this year, and I’m doing it again for 2016.
At the end of 2015 I am definitely MOVE-ing more than I did at the start. I have gone from doing no exercise at all at the start of the year to taking 3 exercise classes per week – one High Intensity Interval Training class (which still almost kills me!), one yoga class and a Zumba class which I love.
I had my troublesome gallbladder reMOVEd, and that has made life so much better for me – the pain I was experiencing is completely gone.
I MOVE-ed the whole family across the English Channel and we enjoyed a fantastic holiday at DisneyLand Paris. I’m hoping to save enough money this year to return in 2017 because we all loved it so much.
I kept my decluttering activities MOVE-ing forwards, with a lot of stuff donated to a charity shop or taken to the dump. Now there is quite a lot of visible floor space in our spare bedroom, and we are generally keeping the lounge and kitchen mostly clear of stuff (with the help of a good “blitz” from me every few weeks). There’s still a lot more to do on this, and that will be something I work to keep moving forward in 2016.
There were some things I wanted to MOVE but didn’t. I haven’t yet got our podcast Parental Geekery onto a regular recording schedule, and I want to focus on that in 2016. I also still have plans to launch a new, personal podcast, and make more regular audio blogs, neither of which got progressed last year. I still find myself procrastinating in the evenings rather than working on this blog or those kinds of projects, and in 2016 I want to focus on tweaking my busy schedule so that I can use my time more effectively.
And so my word for 2016 is FOCUS.
My primary focus for 2016 will be getting healthy. I want to improve what I and my family eat, and make sure I stay active. I’m deliberately not saying “diet and exercise”, because this is about making small, permanent changes, not “fad” things that won’t last. I have some exciting plans on how to keep myself accountable on that journey – watch this space!
I am also going to focus on this blog in 2016 as well. My blogging has become quite erratic, both in terms of posting frequency and in terms of topics covered. I am going to work to improve that this year, in the hope that I can build up a really useful resource for parents.
I want to focus on audio blogging and podcasting. My audio blog has stalled because I’ve been unhappy with the direction my old platform (AudioBoom) was moving, and I didn’t want to store any more recordings there. But I think I’ve found a new platform, and just need to undertake a few more tests before starting to record again, probably in my “mobile studio” (also known as my car!). I want to focus on getting Parental Geekery onto that regular recording schedule I wanted it on last year. I have two other podcast ideas bubbling around, and want to launch at least one of them this year.
And of course, underpinning all this I will focus on my home and family. I will continue decluttering the house and making it a nice home for us all. I will focus on maintaining my work/life balance, making sure I spend the right time in the right space. At the moment I’m happy with things in that regard, but a little focus to make sure it all stays the same never goes amiss.
So that’s why FOCUS is my word for 2016.