2017 is coming to an end and tonight we welcome 2018 whether you are ready for it or not. We know for many 2017 was a tough year but most of you have still managed to focus on the positive memories and the lessons learned from it all.
As long as I can remember a new year was about starting over, resetting, resolutions and new beginnings but we all know we don't need to rest or re-start on January 1st. It can be done any day of the year and some years, we might need to re-start several times. Life isn't a linear line for sure.
2017 my word of the year was "Believe" - many times this came through as I had hoped. Other times, I forgot all about it and that's when I had my dark days, didn't want to be around other people, didn't think I was enough, didn't speak up and things wouldn't be okay. Thankfully my supporters and good friends were there to help me back up again and steer me in the right direction.
2017 had it's ups and downs but thankfully more ups than downs and we have tried to focus on those when things were tough. Not an easy task for sure but practise makes perfect, right.
As we soon head into a new year, it's time to reveal my word for 2018: Strength - like this year the word just came to me without a lot of searching.
I decided on this word not only because I want to be as stronger person but I also want to focus on my strengths as well as my leaders' strengths so we together can work as a team and take advantage of each other's strengths. By focusing on my strengths and pull in people who has the strengths which are my weaknesses, I can focus on what I'm good at instead of trying to learn or focus on the latter.
Last year I learned about Hero Bands and I'm just in love with their bracelets, so I ordered one again with my word on it for 2018. And no I didn't get a tattoo just to accompany my word for the year - the tattoo just happens to fit in very well!
ᚢ is a rune called Uruz and has several meanings. It means strength as in determination. It also means health, vitality and energy. Lastly it means critical change which will require courage in facing new responsibilities and new challenges. Harnessing the strength, determination and power represented with Uruz, I will succeed.
New responsibilities as in stepping up as a leader focusing on the strengths of my leaders and how we can work best together as a team to succeed. Also as we take our other business to the next level with more races, clinics and now also a trail camp, it requires strength and courage for these new challenges. You can learn more about that business here.
Mike decided to do a little twist on his word for the year and has gone with a # instead: #DoEpicShit - here's a bit about why he chose that one:
Initially I was a little disappointed about 2018 as I had realized, we don’t have the budget for a lot of racing. I wondered how I could turn my frown upside down, and it got me thinking about doing epic things involving running that aren’t races. It struck me that my hashtag, my mantra, my goal for 2018 would be to “DoEpicShit”.
What will this mean for my 2018? I will be doing an "fkt" (fastest known time), trying some untested back country routes, maybe seeing how many loops I can do up and down mt Elphinstone in one day. So in 2018 I will be getting outside as much as I can and trying to make every moment epic.
Are you ready for a new year yet? Did you accomplish what you wanted for 2017? What was your most valuable lesson from 2017? Do you have any resolutions or do you have a word for the year? We'd love to hear from you.