Change Your Stripes

Is it just me, or does a new year really light a fire under your ass? I am totally susceptible to the whole new year, new me vibe that is going on right now. As much as I have wanted to turn over a new leaf this year {maybe I'll scrub the stove more than once a quarter, or stop impulse buying candles every time they go on sale}, I also know that I am who I am, and it's pretty unlikely that I'll change over night just because the calendar flipped over.

{Side note: the other night insomnia hit real hard and I got sucked into a wikipedia black hole when I started reading about calendars... like how we structure time. The year 45 BCE had like, 445 days in it because good old Julius Caesar was trying to align the calendar with the solar equinox. And he added a leap day every four years which meant that February 23rd was 48 hours long and the dates were marked as Feb 23, part one, and Feb 23, part two. But then these dumb monks fucked it up by putting the leap day every three years, rather than every four, by placing the leap day on the last day of each 3rd year, not during the 4th year before the beginning of the 5th. OMG FASCINATING.}

I do really like the idea of resolutions, despite pretty much knowing I'm going to blow them all before the end of the month. I wrote a bit more about that here. Better than a resolution, is a word of the year. I like picking a sort of "theme" for the next twelve months. I think it helps me remember what's important. And if something doesn't align with the word, then it's gotta go!

In 2016, my word of the year was purpose. I don't think I had a word of the year in 2017. But for 2018, my word is


When I started brainstorming words for 2018, one word that kept coming to mind was expand. I wanted to expand my business into new areas, expand my income, expand my family, expand my waistline with a pregnancy... but the more I ruminated on it, the less it felt like the right fit. For one, I didn't want to start off my year with a goal of taking up more room, being more selfish, using up more resources, and secondly, it seemed like too much pressure to put on myself. I just didn't want to have to worry about fulfilling my word of the year with elements that were ultimately out of my control.

What did feel right was refine. Rather than going bigger, get smaller. Focus on being the best I can be. Having a more streamlined business. Work on my fitness. Be more conscious of what I put in my body. Focus on the good stuff. 

I have so many big plans for 2018, but that doesn't mean they have to explode off the page. But honing, honing, honing my skills, myself, my work, my routine, my health, I hope that by the end of the year, I'll feel a bit lighter, and more like... me.

After all, when critics asked Michaelanglo how in the world he created the David, he replied, "it's easy. Just chip away anything that doesn't look like David." I'm going to chip away the parts that aren't Annika.

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