Instead of a New Years resolution that I know I won’t keep, I’ve gotten in the habit of starting my year off with a word or two that I hope to keep at the forefront of my day to day in the coming months. This year, I picked two: Courage and Grace.

I don’t know about you, but, 2016 was not a great year for me. I am not sure I can pinpoint exactly why, it just felt fraught with tragedy, uncertainty, and sadness.  Don’t get me wrong, there were some high points and I am so grateful for them, but, in general, it just felt off.

I am welcoming 2017 with open arms. Isn’t it amazing to get this “do over” opportunity once a year? The reality is, we can start with a clean slate no matter the date, but starting a new year symbolizes new beginnings and a chance to start fresh.

Instead of a New Years resolution that I know I won't keep, I've gotten in the habit of starting my year off with a word or two that I hope to keep at the forefront of my day to day in the coming months. This year, I picked two: Courage and Grace.Courage:

I have a lot of plans this year that involve this blog and my passion for interior design. The truth is that I am scared to death to put myself out there. To offer my services along side of those I admire for their talents. But, I want it so bad, I can feel it in my bones. I am exactly where I am supposed to be. The only thing standing in my way is fear. Fear of not being enough; fear of failure.

If 2016 has taught me anything, it is that life is short and precious. There is a fine line between the life we take for granted every day and whatever awaits us on the “other side”. Tomorrow is most certainly not a guarantee. So, courage. I choose courage. In the end, failing isn’t really failure–never trying is.

Instead of a New Years resolution that I know I won't keep, I've gotten in the habit of starting my year off with a word or two that I hope to keep at the forefront of my day to day in the coming months. This year, I picked two: Courage and Grace.

Grace:

We are often our own toughest critic and I am so so guilty of this. The need for perfection and the fear of not being enough has held me back more times than I can count. So, this year, I am working on giving myself the gift of grace. Of being kind and granting mercy. Of cutting myself some slack as a Mother, Wife, Blogger, and Girlboss. My intention is to face my fear with courage and grow in grace. To be kind and intentional. To extend courage and grace to those around me; friend or stranger.

What is your word(s) this year? What is the thought that will guide you to be the best you in 2017?