It takes time to come up with the word of the year. Last year, I set myself up for a year of adventure, and I believe I was successful. I navigated having a baby and moving twice. This included a cross-country road trip with a 4-month-old. It was in no way easy, but it was an adventure. It’s that sense of adventure that I hope to carry over into 2016, but it can’t be the word of 2016. 2016 needs its own identity as well. I think that’s really what the word of the year boils down to anyway. This year is going to be all about settling in and making our new house into our perfect home. We’ve already started, but I suspect that’s going to be an arduous yet rewarding process. I believe the word of 2016 will have to be patience.
We all know how important patience is as a parent, no? It’s seriously not always easy to practice. I found that a good gratitude practice helps. It helped me to be intentional about how I interact with my child, and I’m so glad I started doing it. What do you do when you lose your patience?
Patience is something with which I’ve always struggled. It was never something that came easy.
I can promise you that. I’m the least patient with myself. I struggle with not being infinitely hard on myself. I always feel like I could or should be doing more instead of being okay with the fact that I’m falling short. This year is going to be about learning that patience and not letting that struggle continue.
2016 will be a year of learning. I’m going to be trying to figure out what works best for me when it comes to decompressing and relaxing. It’s going to be a year of being patient with the struggle. 2016 is going to be a year to try to be comfortable with my struggle. I will be spending a little time each day trying to find what will make it easier for me to do so. Any tips?
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