I don’t subscribe to the whole New Year’s Resolutions mindset. It’s as if resolutions are made to be broken and then we end up feeling worse about our ability to not stick with it. So instead, for the last couple years I’ve picked a word or a couple words to focus on during the year ahead. My 2016 words were beauty and authenticity. For 2017, I decided on try. This year, I’m going with DEPTH.
Yeah, I know that is a little out there for a word to define my year. It’s not like the word TRY, which had me trying new diets for my migraines and seeking new doctors (fail all of them, but at least now I know they don’t work.) It also had me trying new classes at the gym and new opportunities that came through the blog. It had me trying and succeeding at reading more. For me, it was a great word for 2017. But Depth as my word for 2018 is going to take me in a totally different direction.
Beyond trying things for the first time or blazing through the type of books I tend toward, which are usually light and a little fluffy, this year’s theme is meant to give greater meaning to the things I do each day. So for example, not just reading whatever comes across my radar, but reading things that have depth, reading things that will teach me something, reading something that will make me stretch outside of my reading comfort zone.
Depth as my theme for the year, is also meant to help me think a little more strategically about the things I write, the posts I share, the words I use day in and day out. Being a fashion-focused lifestyle blogger can have the ability to make everything seem superficial and material. And that’s not the message I want to send with my blog or my Instagram account, or any of my social media for that matter. But it’s a challenge to have depth when the majority of posts are about new makeup products, skin care regimes, and the swing dress I’m loving at the moment. So Depth is meant to remind me to go beyond the superficial to the heart of the matter when posting – And that heart of the matter is that each woman is beautiful and deserves to present herself in such a way that she feels it and others see it too.
Depth is also what is driving my daily InstaStory about what I’m grateful for that day. It’s a reminder to myself that each day there are so many things to be thankful for, so many blessings and good things that come my way, and usually they are so much more profound than a really great liquid liner, although there are some pretty awesome liquid liners I just discovered too.
Depth is also my theme, because I was realizing that after two years of getting my news from quick news services like The Skimm I have general knowledge about the things happening in the world but not a deep knowledge. Many of the things I couldn’t explain to another in any kind of clear and coherent way. So now, in addition to getting my news each morning from these summary emails, I’m also trying to listen to a 30-minute news podcast, to understand things a little more completely.
And the last, but certainly not the least, reason I picked Depth as my word for 2018, is to remind myself to keep getting to know my friends (and even my co-workers and students) on a deeper level. I want to know more than just their favorite Netflix show to binge watch, or the latest book they read. I want to know why they like that show, how they like their coffee, what are their big life goals, etc…
Did you pick a word for the year? Did you go the resolution route instead? Leave a comment and let me know how you are transforming yourself this year.