New Word, New Outlook for 2016



I'm trying something a little radical (for me) in 2016. I'm going to try and plan less. I'm hoping this will catapult me into actually doing a whole lot more. That was the motivation behind my word of the year choice- NOW. I like that it's a call to action, an intention to work with a sense of urgency, so that I don't look back at this time next year and just think it all passed me by so fast.

I'm sure some fellow creatives/introverts/obsessive list-makers will relate to this, but in the three-part process that is idea-plan-implement, I'm often only achieving two out of these three things. I sometimes feel like I'm exploding with ideas and I have been my whole life.

It wasn't until the past five or so years that I started getting good at part two. The detailed planning and disciplined organizing/scheduling that I really struggled with in high school and college became a strength in my adult life. I began to love the excitement I got from planning out dreams and goals.

The problem is, I have SO many dreams and goals. They are big and they are constantly changing. I like this about myself, because it pushes me out of my comfort zone, so I'm never bored. But I also find that I'm held back by my lack of a specific direction and a need to overly plan. I know for a fact that if you look at my notebook from my first year blogging that I have some plans that now, two years later, are still stuck in my list of dreams. If I have a mental block in any part of the planning process or I don't have a perfectly clear vision of the final product, it can be really paralyzing.

So normally I would be telling you all about my goals for 2016, but this year I want to eliminate extraneous planning as much as possible. I am a long-time believer in making measurable goals and I will likely continue posting on this topic, for those that struggle with this step. I believe in measurable parameters if you are struggling with meeting goals or changing habits, as I have been in years past. But 2016 me has these planning/organizational methods down. 2016 me needs, more importantly, a good jolt out of her head and into action. (She should also stop calling herself "2016 me," but you know her...)

I hope that this year I can stop overthinking every detail of every thing. I hope I can start every project that has been swirling around in my head, even if they end up unfinished or total disasters. I hope that I quit wasting time being afraid of imperfection or worrying that I'm still not qualified enough to go for my biggest dreams. I hope to relax more, dream more, but mostly that I create more, as if it is as natural and important as breathing in air.

I hope that in 2017 I look back at this year as the one where I finally made it all happen. That the life-changing year is now.




Do you set an intentional word of the year? I'd love to hear all about your 2016 theme and goals in the comments!