You have probably heard lots of “word of the year”s so far this year. Especially since it’s already January 11th. I had one last year… and, well I didn’t use it at all. I thought of just recycling it. Intentional is a really good word to live by. But, I’m finding not knowing what it will be like in Alaska makes it the New Year thing more difficult. Not only is it hard to think of a resolution when things are so unknown; it’s hard to think of a real inspirational word to live by. So, I started thinking of what I’ll need when I’m in Alaska. In the big unknown of this move. What will I need to pull through when things are scary, stressful, or unknown. That’s when grace and brave came to me. In 2019 my word will be brave and grace together, hand in hand.
Brave & Grace 2019 Word of the Year
In this new move I’ll need to brave. The brave has already started as I finally got my Barre Certification. I’ll need to be brave in continuing to pursue that. Even before we get to Alaska. Brave when it comes to exploring the city. And, putting myself out there to meet new people. I only ever met fellow wives or friends through my husband at this base. I want to change that this time.
Any big change takes a lot of brave. It’s easy to be scared. And, want to throw in the towel. Cry. Give in to the stress and frustration of all the unknown. But, it takes a lot of guts to take a deep breath and handle it.
I have always nicknamed myself a scaredy cat. I totally would never go sky diving. Rollercoasters and scary movies are far from my jam. For goodness sakes I hate calling for take out. But, I want to show myself in 2019 what I can accomplish just by being brave!
Also, I bought 100 Days To Brave Almost a full 100 days ago, and I’m on maybe day 15… so, that needs to change.
Whether they are alike at all, or complete opposites, I feel like in this type of season of life brave and grace go hand in hand. While I want to push myself to be brave. To handle the hard stuff. Explore the new city. Say hi to a stranger. Not give a second thought to it being my turn to call for take out. I know there will be a lot of days I just need to give myself grace.
Grace in letting me be enough.
We are getting pretty anxious as the Alaska move gets closer and closer. I want to believe that I’ll use the change of scenery the best I can. That I’ll force myself to be brave. And, make 2019 the best year because I wasn’t afraid of change. Or, making myself try new things. But, I also know that this year is already a year of unknown.
What in the world will it even be like in Anchorage, Alaska?!?!
And, that it will take just as much grace to thrive in this new environment. So, maybe I’ll lose the final baby weight. Maybe I’ll be in the best shape of my life. And, finally get my eating in order. Maybe I’ll get a tattoo. I have zero idea what this year will look like. Well, except I really do want all three of those things… But, I do know as long as I’m practicing either one of those words every day it will be a good year!