I started this New Year with a purpose: to be better. So, when I thought about my word it seemed fitting the word: Challenge.
Google dictionary says:
- a call to take part in a contest or competition, especially a duel.
- an objection or query as to the truth of something, often with an implicit demand for proof.
To be better is a competition against myself. When someone enters a contest or competition they train, they practice, that’s what I needed. Practice in all aspects I wanted to be better. For example, I need to improve my writing, so here I am writing – I’m in a writing challenge to make it a habit, improve my way of writing and to keep myself accountable.
If you are training for something you need a coach, a community – a tribe! That’s why I joined several communities this year that will help me achieve my goals and started to follow certain people that are experts in their areas.
Also, to train my mind I need to read. I got a list of books I want to read this year (and adding more as I go). In addition, I joined a Book Club – Classic Literature on a local bookstore. That will help me to tackle two goals, read the Classics and socialize. If you know me you know I’m socially impaired.
Which leads me to another undertaking, which is joining Toastmasters. I’ve participated in a couple of meetings last year and now I’m ready to be a member. Again, socialization and public speaking will be addressed here.
To challenge myself, even more, I’ll be participating in several Challenges throughout the year:
- January – My 500 Words, Blog Boost, 10K Challenge
- February- InCoWriMo
- March – My 750 Words
- Mayo – My 1000 Words
- July – My 1250 Words
- September – My 1500 Words
- November – My 1750+ Words, NaNoWriMo.
- I will be adding more along the way for sure. If you know of a good recommendation I should know of, please pretty please let me know.
Furthermore, I started Dot Journaling (Affiliate Link), it’s fun, keeps me organized and expand my creativity. I have to admit I’m not good at it, but with practice and time, it will start to look better.
Besides all of that, I have the challenge of teaching my children. The twins are in their learning phase where their little brains are a sponge, absorbing everything they see, touch, hear, taste and smell. Developing their motor skills and minds is a big responsibility, while at the same time teaching them empathy and love. And talking about a challenge, homeschooling my son the 8th grade is just that. Thank God there are so many resources and he has an open mind when it comes to learning.
Another challenge I undertake, and this one is on a daily basis, is my diabetes management. Diabetes got a mind of its own. Planning and keeping a tight control for sure helps but is not a guarantee that everything will work out as you expect. And as if that’s not enough, I’m also challenging myself to exercise at least three times a week and do not go three days in a row without doing a workout (wow that was a mouthful!).
As you can see, Challenges are everywhere in my life. I don’t see them in a restrictive way but as a mean for growth. Life is a challenge itself. I found this quote the other day and it’s appropriate:
‘Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful’ – Joshua J. Marine
Do you pick a word for the year? What is your word and why did you pick that one? Let me know in the comments below or send me an email if you want.