reclaim: my word of the year

Happy New Year! It’s that special time to turn a new page and pick a word of the year. A word that will define our choices, actions, and goals for the next 365 days.

word of the year

I am not usually one to choose a word of the year. In truth, I had a big year of overcoming huge hurdles, in the form of rehabbing from my broken leg, and dealing with the pandemic.

However, “reclaim” is my word. I was hoping for something more exciting, but this is what resonates.

There are a lot of undesirable states in my life right now. It’s time for me to reclaim them and get back to myself!

word of the year
photo: Julia M.

Reclaim My Parenting Mojo

In the face of everything, I have been a less than effective mother. I own it. Am I alone in saying that everything was just so hard and overwhelming? While A has been an absolute rockstar, rolling with every punch and curveball, handling virtual school and the loss of normalcy. He has also had so many challenges, disappointments, and letdowns this year. He is not the only one struggling, which is why I have eased up on rules, screen time, and pushing him to do things he doesn’t want to do. It’s not doing him any good, though, and embracing my word of the year (and a lot more patience), means being a better mom. I love this kid so fiercely, and he deserves the best of me.

word of the year

Reclaim My Role As Partner

I don’t often share super personal things here, and our marriage is fine (coming up on 15 years!), but I need to reclaim being a good wife. We have not had too many independent outlets over the past year, which leads to more nagging, less communication, and general irritations. We can do better, and I intend to make good on my word of the year to improve.


Reclaim My Creativity

Arts, crafts, and creativity are my favorites and in 2020, I had a hard time finding inspiration. For the first part of the year, my focus was solely on PT and adapting to the pandemic, and then I was just too tired and numb to really start making beautiful things again. Heck, I couldn’t even rise to the occasion of preparing yummy meals! In 2021, I plan to really dig deep into my word of the year. and get back to my creative nature. I am much more confident with my Cricut vinyl cutter, and I have felt the urge to start writing again. Time to make it happen!

word of the year

Reclaim My Love of Learning

Learning is such a love of mine, but in the past year, I just didn’t have the bandwidth for a lot of new information. I was a lump, watching way too much bad TV and scrolling through Twitter. If I stay true to my word of the year, I will be doing a lot more reading and filling my brain with useful (andmaybe not so useful knowledge). Want to join me on GoodReads? Click here!

word of the year

Reclaim My Sense of Self

Hello, anxiety, my old friend. 2020 opened the door to so much fear, doubt, and a loss of self. I worried about EVERYTHING, and that’s not really like me. Afraid to go out, afraid to stay in, afraid to test myself, afraid of being alone, and afraid of being with others, I feel like I lost all the things it took me so long to find. Enough of that! It’s time to reclaim myself and enjoy what I can within the limitations we now face! I’ve started with my plan to take a weekly hike on different local trails, and I intend to continue finding things that test my boundaries and help me find better versions of me.

photo: Julia M.

Do you have anything you’d like to reclaim?

Even if reclaim isn’t your word, are there any undesirable states from which you’d like to rescue yourself?

word of the year
photo: Julia M.

Do you have a word of the year? How are you moving forward into 2021?

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