I’ve written in a previous post that I don’t ‘do’ resolutions. I find them utterly depressing and useless. Why wait until the new year rolls around to make changes in your life? This year I’ve decided to think about a word for the year.
I first came across this viaLove Audrey’s social media which I think took me to Jessica Rose Williams. Essentially you choose a word that will guide you through the year.
Initially I was torn between two words. I thought I was going to go for Balance. With JB and I running three businesses, life is busy to say the least. I wanted to get a better handle on the old ‘work / life balance’ situation. I wanted to have a better balance of friendships and relationships.
Another word that kept cropping up in my mind was Enough. Regular readers will know that in 2019 I tried to live a more minimal lifestyle and this was kickstarted by taking part in #project3000. I was considering this word from a consumerism angle only.
It wasn’t until I mentioned it to my business accountability buddy that she suggested I could use Enough for both aspects.
After some deliberation I’ve settled with Enough. So why have I chosen this word?
I need to remind myself that I am enough. I know I’m a good wife, daughter, sister, friend and business owner. Something that happened at the end of 2018 made me doubt myself a lot in the first half of 2019. I need to be kinder to myself and listen to those around me that tell me so.
I need to learn when I’ve done enough work. It’s all too easy to sit at your desk early in the morning until late at night when your self employed. If I’ve completed my ‘to do list’ for the day, it’s OK to switch the computer off at 3.30pm. I don’t HAVE to work until 5.30pm or later. I think this also comes from corporate life which is difficult to shake off after over 20 years in it!
As a consumer I need to recognise that we have enough. I can’t recommend Cait Flanders, The Year of Less enough. I’ll be rereading it again this year. I didn’t purchase any beauty products from January to November 2019 simply because I had an excess. There was probably £500 worth of products just sitting in my cupboard which is just ridiculous. Regular readers will know I did #project3000 in 2019 to try and reduce the amount of ‘stuff’ we had in the home.
It wouldn’t go amiss for me to say enough when I’m eating chocolate / crisps sometimes either!!! (I’m joking before anyone gets on the dieting bandwagon!!)