I'm a big fan of the Lumineers after their debut of "Ho Hey" a few years back. I don't normally dig instrumentals but this one kept coming up in my iTunes shuffle and when I went to see the title it made me laugh. My 2016 word of the year was Balance. The word chosen for me for 2017 was Patience. Fitting song title eh? ;)
I am not going to lie and say I owned balance in 2016. Far from it some days! But I will say the work/life balance from January 2016 > December 2016 is much different. I switched careers and with that came the ability to start a fresh chapter in the book of Sam*. In this chapter I work for someone who is amazing and pushes me to make my life a priority; not just work, work, work. So I hustle hard Mon-Fri 8-5 but then I relax and workout and have a life. It's glorious. In other areas of my life I have accepted "good enough" instead of perfect. Seems silly perhaps but as a life-long perfectionist I would rather lose sleep than turn in something GOOD when I could be PERFECT. Alas, several times this year I looked at a task before me and said "This meets the needs, I'm happy with the effort and I can move on". Balance!
So why is the 2017 word of the year patience? Moreover, why is the Pantone color of the year lime green?! No one looks good in bright green eyeshadow, I don't care what the girls at Sephora tell you. ;) Back to patience..... it's NOT my strong suit (as I've mentioned a half dozen times, lol). I joke that this some e-cards sums up my life:
I want what I want. I want it now and I do not want to wait. Period.
A few weeks ago I had the revelation that I needed to appreciate the moment I'm in - that really goes hand in hand with being patient. Things are working in the foreground and background of my life and I need to trust that those things will combine and allow my dreams to come to fruition.
So, in 2017 I will do my damnedest to embrace patience. I will trust the timing of my life and recognize that sometimes things you really want take longer to get. A Birkin bag takes 48 hours to make, a Michael Kors purse takes 45 mins. 'Nuff said.