If I had a word for 2023 (I love this idea!) I think it would be discipline. Discipline is a little boring, it’s not very glamorous! Hard work isn’t sexy or exciting and appearing effortless is much more aspirational. The truth is, nothing about me is effortless. I am generally just a pretty effortful person. After a lot of thought and deliberation, discipline is this year’s word. I am really really trying to be very disciplined in a few particular areas of my life. I am plenty disciplined with work… it’s the other areas that need help!
Discipline with my workouts.
But not just with workouts. Stretching and foam rolling too! I want to be in the best shape of my (recent) life this year. I say “recent life” as I will probably never run marathons again (and I wouldn’t want to!) but also.. my 41 year old knees and hips!, but I want to be in the best possible shape that my body can be in.
The Peloton treadmill (and app) have been really helpful with this goal; I genuinely look forward to hopping on the treadmill 5 days a week, even if it is just for a walk/run. And the app motivates me (I always want to earn my daily circle with a workout!). I have only been doing the Peloton about nine weeks now, once it is a few months I’ll write a review. I’m a big fan and am really glad I took the plunge even though it was expensive and big (it’s a bit of an eye sore to be honest!!).
Discipline with my time.
If it isn’t a hell yes, it’s a no! I have been really good about saying no to most things and not going to the events or parties I don’t want to go to. As a result, I feel more excited about things I AM going to do. Book club or movie night? Yes please. Family dinner? Hell yes. An event where I barely know a soul or have to spend the evening making small talk? Probably not.
Discipline with my energy.
This is something I am still working on. I have ruminating thoughts. The day after an event (usually any bigger party), I spend entirely too much time replaying the evening. How awkward I was. The things I said that were wrong. Worrying. The time spent worrying could be time spent doing. This also applies to what media I consume… be it the news, scrolling instagram, what podcasts I listen to. I only want to put energy into consuming media that brings me joy or makes me a better person.
Discipline with administrative tasks.
I always get my taxes done in time but man does it get down to the wire. I will be two weeks ahead on blog content but then months behind on bookkeeping. And I absolutely hate, hate, detest bookkeeping and so I put it off. Same goes for other administrative stuff (opening that mail pile, sending out invoices, etc.) I am making a point to stay on top of that this year (and also setting aside a one hour block on my calendar, every two weeks to catch up on any errant bookkeeping, paperwork, etc).
Do you have a word for 2023? My runner up word is cozy!