For the most part, I am an open person.
I probably over share on social media and through this blog. Whatever, it’s life. If you don’t document it, where can your family look back on your life and find out who you really were? What you believed in?
Each year, a great group of friends get together and discuss our 3 guiding words for the year. These words replace your run of the mill “resolutions”. Over the past three years that I have been participating in this, I have found that my focus on my goals have become much clearer.
In 2015, I had one of my best years from a 3 words or even resolution stand point. Over the past year, it was really easy to focus my life around “Create, Outdoors, and Memories”.
I spent an incredible amount of time outside – exactly what I wanted to do. Riding bike, kayaking, hiking, hanging out in the hammock, camping, running around with my boys and Angie. All of that focus created memories that will last forever. I spent that past year creating in a way that I didn’t expect. I set out to spend that focus on photography. While I did spend a good deal of time learning more and growing on that end, I spent more time creating those memories with the boys and Angie. While it wasn’t my intention of the word, it did hold true.
For 2016, I spent a lot of time pouring over words that would fit. Because of my experience last year, I honestly contemplated keeping the same words. I even had a friend as recently as tonight say “You could use ‘Same Three Words” as your words for this year. And while I seriously contemplated it, I thought that may be cheating the process a bit.
My first word for 2016 is Ride. I spent so much time on the bike last year, that I can’t imagine life without riding. The last time I felt this way, I was running a lot. From April to the last parts of December, I put on over 1,200 miles on the bike. I want to double that this summer and shoot for 2000+ miles.
I find a calmness while on the bike pounding out the miles. I can think about things and problem solve. For me, this is extremely important.
Ride also describes the journey. The journey that we call life. You only get one go around at it, so you may as well have fun while doing it. Don’t get so wrapped up in the day to day that you can’t see what lies ahead. Enjoy the ride.
Webster’s Dictionary describes anchor as a person or thing that provides strength and support. For me the anchors in my life are my family. My boys and Angie. Both keep me in line, and keep me on my toes. They make me laugh every day and make life interesting, and fun – despite the occasional drama that brothers can bring to the table.
What are your anchors in life? Your main blocks for living?
This was probably the easiest word for me this year. When I look back at my notes when coming up with this year’s words, Peace was one of the first ones I wrote down.
I think this is pretty explanatory, but it covers quite a bit. Too much anger in the world right now. Look around, it’s true. Turn on TV, it seems to be everywhere.
We all just need peace.
2016 will be about on peace. Getting out to ride. And most importantly, I want my anchors to keep me grounded.
Have you ever considered coming up with 3 guiding words for the year instead of focusing on resolutions? If so, what are your 3?
Have a great new year.