After the intensely satisfying discussion one of my (two) bookclubs had of the book ‘The Happiness Project’ I was elated to impulse buy ‘a happier 2017‘ page-a-day calendar at my local TJMaxx. Commit to one little happier project every day for a year? Yes, I will. I make no overly ambitious promises that I will daily (weekly or even regularly) document them for you here but I AM hopeful that a happier 2017 will include a bit more writing for public consumption. Here’s to hoping.
One is for the one word that will be the theme of this year. Amazingly, this is a concept I adopted and promptly forced upon all my friends a few years ago (after another good book, One Word That Will Change Your Life). I had planned to keep this tradition anyway so when I peeked ahead to make sure I should buy this calendar (thrifty to a fault, I am) I was excited to read this would be my first project.
This year I am choosing: Dauntless. To be dauntless is to be: resolute. Showing fearlessness and determination. Unflinching and gutsy. May 2017 be wholly this.
One of my commandments for my life that I created in 2016 was this: make no decisions out of fear. Only my closest friends could explain to you my complex relationship with the unknown. I battle an intense fear of failure. As a result I fear that unknown because if I don’t know what’s ahead, how will I ensure I succeed at it? This fear has held me back from opportunities in the past. In 2016 I put that into words as I wrote on my vision board that command. I anticipate with many big, bold things to come in 2017 I will need to overcome this with more ferocity than ever before.
I was also left a little breathless by a second definition that read: not discouraged by difficulty or disappointment.
In 2016 I gave myself permission to try. See to me, trying doesn’t always mean succeeding. It means, give it a shot. Make an effort. Feel it out. I didn’t fully consider that with trying and sometimes discovering that nope, this isn’t the right thing I would still feel disappointment. So this year I will not be discouraged by difficulties or disappointments which I know will come with this bold theme choice.
This year I will be resolute, gutsy, and determined. This is the year of being dauntless.