A few years ago, I talked about One Word the first time. I have gotten out of the habit of doing this each year and this year I decided to start again.
My word for 2017 came to me pretty easily. I haven’t talked about it much on here but 2016 was a challenging year for me in a lot of ways. I spent a lot of 2015 really focusing on my health, losing a lot of weight and really taking care of myself. 2016 started out okay besides a bad sinus infection and a bought of the stomach flu (which was foreshadowing for the rest of the year). Flash forward to the summer, I started having some serious health issues and ended up gaining a lot of the weight back, feeling awful every day and spending way too much time in the hospital and in doctors offices. After 6 months of looking for answers, we still aren’t sure what caused the original problem but we were able to eliminate the scariest options. We did discover several things about my health through the process though that I am thankful to know and am able to work on. I didn’t really want to share any of this on my blog but I decided to give you all a few highlights for a couple of reasons.One, this blog is about my life and that includes the dark and crummy parts too. It makes me feel so much more normal when I read about others going through something similar to me and I feel like I owed it to those bloggers to share parts of my story too. Two, I took large blogging breaks this year and that’s why. There were days I just didn’t have it in me to post on here, I was barely getting through the necessities of each day. Three, because I want you all to pay so much attention to your health. I almost blew off the symptoms I was having and they were super scary ones. It’s so easy to just say oh maybe I’ll call my doctor next week. When I finally decided to call my doctor’s office and listed off my symptoms, they had me leave work and be in their office in less than an hour. In that moment, it got real. Do not brush off symptoms – get checked out! Even though we’re not 100% sure what caused my original issue, we did find some very important things out about my body to keep me healthier going forward and we would never have figured those things out without some of those tests. This allows me to take care of the issues they did find in the ways my doctors recommend and if I have issues again it will give them a starting point.
I have a bad habit of putting me and my health last. I like to take care of other people, our house, my work, etc. I have learned that I can’t do that anymore. It’s like the airplane oxygen mask. I have to take care of myself so that I can do all of the other things I want to do and to pursue the things God wants me to.
I have chosen Health as my word for 2017. I want to pursue a healthier body and lifestyle through my food choices, regular exercise, resting my body and taking care of this vessel God has gifted me with. I want to pursue a healthier marriage and relationship with my husband. I want to pursue healthier relationships with my family and friends. I want to pursue a stronger relationship with God through intentional prayer, devotionals and bible study. I want to improve our financial health by paying down more debt and saving for our future goals. The word health applies to all aspects of my life I’m wanting to focus on this year which makes it the perfect word for me.Hopefully, this time in 2018 I’ll be able to say I’m in a much healthier place and feeling great! I’ll be checking in during 2017 to let you all know how I’m doing with my word.
Are you all choosing a word this year? If so, what’s yours?