I say it every year, but I love New Year’s Eve–not for the high expectations placed on one night of the year, but because of the fresh start welcomed in at midnight. We say goodbye to a year of memories, adventure, ups and downs, and welcome in 365 new opportunities. This January marks 8 years of choosing a Word of the Year to guide me through the next 12 months… I started this years ago when I was teaching at Gemini Modelling Agency and it stuck. My Word of the Year in 2016 was Dare–“to have the courage to do something; a challenge to do something.” It was a great year of daring to try, do and learn new things. I travelled to Edmonton to start my Master’s degree, went to NYC and Jamaica for the first time, helped Canadian musicians Relic City release their first album, started training weekly with Craig Bongelli, got another tattoo, planned a proposal for a beautiful couple, gave a speech in front of 600 high school students at my old stompin’ grounds, started writing as a guest blogger in the beauty industry, fully embraced my introvert status, started a book club, conquered some health challenges, and really embraced the connection between what I eat and how I feel. It was a great year but definitely with some challenges and obstacles.
In 2016 I also had my first panic attack. I was in bed trying to fall asleep when suddenly I felt my heart beating in my ears, shortness of breath, and was sweating like crazy. I’ve always had a busy mind–I constantly think about other people, situations and and my day-to-day activities. That night I got up out of bed and sat on my yoga mat to meditate. It was then that I realized what my Word of the Year for 2017 would be…
Equanimity: (noun) “to maintain mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation.”
In meditation equanimity refers to an unshakable balance of mind, rooted in insight and based on presence of mind. In 2017 I will focus on self-love and self-care, constantly working to maintain a steady, strong mind, letting go of any worries I often hold onto. We often spend too much time anticipating what will happen in the future without truly living in the moment we are in. I started every year with a blog reflecting on what I hope the next 365 days will bring. So, they say today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday… and I’m embracing 2017 as my year of calm minds and strong priorities. This is my year of living in the moment, no worries, no regrets and truly prioritizing life… Cheers 2017, I know you’re going to be great.