Intention in the New Year: A Year of Risks

Foggy country road

Heading into the fog

And just like that, it’s 2017. As they say, each new year is a blank canvas—a time to reset and refocus. Over the last couple weeks, as I’ve taken a step away from technology, work, and stress, I’ve reflected a lot about what’s important to me. I’ve considered who I am and how I’ve lived my life as of late.

With 2017 rolling right in, I’ve been reading inspiring blog posts and social media statuses about starting the new year with a word of intention. I’ve never been one to make, and stick to, resolutions. So, to me, this concept of choosing one word to live by speaks volumes.

After giving thought to where I want to be this year, the word I’ve chosen for 2017 is risk.

Admittedly, my word of choice scares the hell out of me. I’m a big fan of comfort—an introvert and a homebody. I keep the same routines and stick with what’s familiar. I often find it difficult to say what I really want to say, fearing what others think of me or negative repercussions.

I don’t necessarily think there’s anything wrong with all that. I just don’t want to miss out while I trudge along on the same, familiar path. This life I’ve built for myself is enjoyable, but I need to get a little uncomfortable.

So, the word risk thrills the hell out of me, too. It’s time to break out of the box in which I’ve contained myself. Time to stop being afraid. To say a few yes’s when I typically say no, or a few no’s when I always say yes. Attend events alone, even if I don’t know anyone else. Be assertive; say what I actually mean and need to say. It’s time to read more books, talk to more people, and refrain from opening Instagram so much. To stop worrying about documenting memories and go make them. Quit work when it’s time to quit work, and instead, don’t be nervous to get out and explore.

This year, I’m ready to take some risks to help fulfill my life and retune my focus. Are you?

If you’re looking to choose your own word of intention, but aren’t sure where to begin, take some time to make a list of what’s missing in your life and what you want to accomplish to fill each of those voids. Here are a handful of other powerful words I considered for 2017 to get you thinking.

How do you set yourself up to conquer a new year? If you make a resolution, or have already set a word of intention, what is it?

Bring it on, 2017. We’re ready for you.

{This post was primarily inspired by this piece from The Fresh Exchange, one of my favorite blogs.}