Last year was my first year to fully embrace the OLW movement. For 2016, my word was Invictus. A strong word that helped get me through a tough year. It was the perfect word at just the right time for me.
This year, my word is CULTIVATE.
This word fills me with hope.
Merriam-Webster.com defines it as:
- 1: to prepare or prepare and use for the raising of crops; also: to loosen or break up the soil about (growing plants)
- 4: to seek the society of: make friends with
I've bought rosemary plants for my soon-to-be-reality herb garden, and have begun looking into some heirloom seed catalogs for others.
I'm fostering the growth of some new habits and things I want to learn.
I have definite and not-so-definite plans for cultivating joy and other awesome things in my workplace because here is something I know-- it is up to ME to create JOY in my life. I will breathe and add whimsy and smile and hold doors and write notes and wear pirate costumes and hold Tiara Tuesdays because these are things that make my work week bright for myself and for those around me.
I need to loosen the soil of some long-held beliefs that are no longer serving me in order to let them go and move forward. This is a hard thing, but a necessary thing and I am ready to do the work now.
I also love that my word is a verb because this year I want to do. I came across and retweeted this on Twitter (by @thebradmontague) today. It really spoke to me.
Yes, CULTIVATE is my word and I look forward to seeing where it leads me.