Peace out

At the beginning of 2018, it seemed like the thing to do was choose a word for the year. One word that would guide you throughout the whole year, one thing for you to focus on to make all your decisions by. I thought about joining the ‘movement’ and participating in this because  I’m sick of just being content or merely existing in this mediocre life. If I were truly sick of my life how it is, I would have made massive changes by now. But let’s be honest, it’s easy (at least for me) to just coast through life and lead a generally tolerable existence. Geez, how terrible does that sentence sound??? But it’s true. You get a job that pays you decently and has good benefits. You are busy after work with kids events, errands and just making sure the family is fed and surviving. You get sucked into the tv or a good book or a game on your phone and all of a sudden you’ve stayed up too late and will be too tired tomorrow to try to  do something new.

 

{Random thought, doesn’t really fit here but it’s profound and I don’t want to take it out of this post}

I know I can do better with this life I’ve been blessed with.  ← that’s what’s behind my quest for bigger and better

 

I thought about choosing the word “joy” because most of the time I feel like I’m the grumpy, frazzled, frustrated mom. I just want to feel happy! Realistically though, you can’t feel joy 24/7 unless maybe you are Mary Poppins and I’m no freaking Mary Poppins (just ask my hubby). And trying to be joyful every single day seems a bit much- I consider myself an optimistic person but thinking about acting joyful, ie bubbly all day, every day seems like it would be a bit much.

 

This morning as I was settling into my office (after coming into work 2 hours late because I slept through BOTH my alarms and after grousing with co-workers about the toxic atmosphere currently in our office which ironically the grousing just feeds that atmosphere more, but I digress) the word ‘peace’ came to me. When I think of that word, I think of quiet and feeling like the world is taken off your shoulders.

at peace, calm beauty, brunette, mylifeof3, city girl, bossmom

peace         pēs/

noun: peace; noun: the peace

  1. freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility.

 

synonyms: tranquility, calm, restfulness, peace and quiet, peacefulness, quiet, quietness; More
  1. mental calm; serenity.

 

synonyms: serenity, peacefulness, tranquility, equanimity, calm, calmness, composure, ease, contentment, contentedness

 

Peace is something I could definitely work towards every day. It’s a gentle reminder to not nag or yell at my kid. It’s a prompt NOT to gossip at work and feed the bad vibes. It’s a motivator to work with my husband as his partner and not focus on feeling unappreciated. It’s a chance for my spirit to be at ease. Which would be nice since I always feel like it’s in chaos! Peace is a way for me to reconnect with God, with my family, with who I want to be as a person.

 

So these last 95 days of 2018 I’m going to focus on Peace. Will that entail trying to embrace a minimalist approach to everything? Or maybe channeling a workaholic persona and steadily busting through my endless to do and project list? Or maybe becoming a pot head (yeah I don’t see that happening lol)? For me I think it’s going to be an eclectic hodgepodge of trying different things with a daily goal of calmness. I see more consistency and less procrastinating. Instead of a stressful holiday to do list I see a chance to hang out with family. Since I never do well with an elaborate plan of attack and I really want to work on my consistency (which I believe will help alot with my calm level), my goal is to spend 5 minutes every day focusing on what peace will look like that day. Then I want to limit myself to spending 5 minutes posting about the peace of the day (haha) on IG and FB. And just a warning- it’s going to be the same post on both platforms. The comments may be different but to stick to my 5 minute limit it’s just going to have to be like that.

 

What small challenge can you take on for the rest of the year? What’s one thing you would really like to work on for the next few weeks- even just to make a small but noticeable change?

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