I was scrolling through Facebook Friday morning while on the elliptical machine. I was trying hard to catch my breath. I wasn’t winded because my workout was so intense. I was just so overwhelmed and stressed.

As a type A+ overachiever / people pleaser I normally strive under pressure. But right now, I have too many things going on all at once. I’m struggling to keep all my balls in the air, and it is getting me down. I am finding my patience level has been decreasing at record speed. I have been feeling sad and cranky.

During my workout, I saw a post written by the amazing and talented Rachael Thompson. She wrote, “Every year I choose a ‘watchword’ — something I tuck into my pocket, to remind me why I’m here. 2014 was compassion. 2015 was passion. 2016 is courage.”

Her post hit home with me. I knew I needed a watchword too. And I immediately knew what my watchword for 2016 was going to be PERSPECTIVEperspective

I have lost perspective. It is hard to admit, but it is true. I have been worried and troubled by so many things, especially recently. I have been super stressed about things that really aren’t so important in the scheme of life. Of course they matter to me, but I have been letting them bring me too far down.

I have to stop and reflect on the good. I have to be thankful for all I have, because I have a lot. Sure life isn’t perfect, but it never is. I’m very lucky. I have amazing people in my life. Everyone I love is healthy. I have a terrific job, and I have accomplished my lifelong dream of writing not one but two books. I have every right to get sad, worried and upset, but I can’t let it consume me. I have to keep things in perspective….

“Perspective is everything when you are experiencing the challenges of life.” – Joni Eareckson Tada

What is your watchword for 2016?


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20 thoughts on “Watchword….

  1. I love the idea of a watch word. I am not sure what my word is yet, but it will definitely have something to do with getting back on track and in touch with my real self. Sounds corny, but really feel I have gotten off track the last few years and am determined to find my way back in 2016.

  2. I choose a phrase. Started 2 years ago. I tape it on my car console as it always helps in bad traffic…and a framed one in the kitchen.
    1 -Be kind
    2 – Wish them well
    2016 will be Be still.

    It works…as well as a small journal to note DAILY what I’m grateful for. Some days it’s just opening my eyes….but it works too.

    1. Mrs B – Can I steal this too? My office is over an hour away from my house, on a good day.. I sure need calming in traffic!

  3. Aw, I’m so honored you saw that and it inspired you, Hilary!

    Perspective is an awesome word. I find having this kind of singular word helps me to refocus, particularly in stressful situations. 2016 will be the year I continue writing (and finishing) my ‘Broken’ series and release my first business book, so ‘courage’ is definitely called for!

    I wish you luck with perspective and may be calling on you to send some my way 🙂 xx

    1. Rachel – I am so happy I saw your post. Seriously, it was just what I needed. And although it has only been a few days, focusing on PERSPECTIVE has helped… I hope I can keep it up… Another Broken book – YEAH! And a business book – wow, that is going to be amazing. Courage is called for but you will kill it all!

    1. Sometimes – I totally agree… And lately I have been so lost in the forest. Trying to keep perspective has helped (and it has only been a few days)

  4. I’ve seen several bloggers do this over the years and always thought it was a great idea. I kinda loosely adopted on last year: Gratitude. I wrote a lot about it and it’s been a great journey. Mindfulness was also a big one for me too. Which I guess is very closely related to Perspective. I think it’s a great choice – a good reminder for all of us.
    Maybe this year, I will actually choose one word.

    1. Rorybore – this is the first time I saw this (or that I remember anyway). I think it was just what I needed to help slap me back to reality…. Gratitude and mindfulness are great words!

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