3. My Word of 2018

        Todays episode is going to be a continuation of my last episode, where I chatted with you guys about the way that I like to make new years goals. In a nut shell, if you missed it, I like to choose one word of phrase that I just dedicate that year to. I don't make a list of goals, I try not to overwhelm myself or overload myself. Most of the time I don't even pre plan what I'm going to actively do that year with that word or phrase. I really just find something I want to work on, I choose a word or phrase, and I just pop it in the back of my mind. And somehow, even though I feel like I'm not actively focusing on it every day, at the beginning of the year it starts very small, tiny little baby steps, and then throughout the year it grows and grows. And you learn, and try new things. And at the end of the year, hopefully you're better, and have more experience. I do reccoment that you listen to the last episode, where I talked more in depth about this, because it makes a lot more sense. I go more in depth about the words that I chose over the past 2 years and how I went about that. 

      As promised, I wanted to chat with you today about the word or phrase that I chose for myself for 2018. The phrase that I chose is spiritual connection. Which might sound simple, but that phrase means so many things to me. I want to reconnect with my own spirit and my own body. I want to be connected with my own instincts and those gut feelings I have. I want to be more connected with God and the universe. And I think spiritual connection is so connected to everything in this world. I want to have a broader perspective. I want to be led by my faith. Which, right now talking about it, it sounds so wonderful, but I'm a little bit nervous (which, to be honest, I am at the beginning of every year with my goal), because I don't know how it's going to manifest itself in my life. I don't know how this bud is going to bloom. In the years past, I just chose my word and I just went through my year and whenever I saw opportunities for those things, I went for it.

      This year, I think I wanna start with a little bit more intention. I wanna make a game plan. I want to create good habits from the start. So I'm setting some little goals for myself, I'm trying not to make them too big because I don't want to do too much in the beginning, get burned out, crash and burn, then feel bad about myself. I want this to be a slow progression so that I can really make this a lifestyle change. The first thing I want to be doing, is reading in my scriptures every single day. This is something that I have always struggled with. I've noticed within myself the past year, that I really struggle when I don't have any structure. I tried to become a runner, and I would go outside and run aimlessly for a little while and then think, Am I done? Is this it? I'm not sure.

      And then I started the couch to 5k program, and I have been so consistent with it, it has helped me so much. So I decided to do something similar with my scripture study. I went on the internet, typed in daily scripture reading plan 365 days. And I found a little monthly checklist. Everyday you read just a couple of verses, and at the end of the year, you've finished the whole book. I think this way is going to motivate me more than the ways I've tried in the past, because next to every daily scripture, there's a little box that I get to check off! And I just love checking things off! It makes me feel fan-freakin-tastic. So I'm pretty excited about that one.

        My next goal is to start each day with prayer. This is something that I've honestly never tried to do. It's pretty rare for me to start my day with prayer, but I just really wanna set myself up for success, and start my days with intention. And with connecting myself with God and the universe, and remembering my priorities. And then I feel like throughout the day I'll be more connected to myself and my body, and when I have a gut feeling or something, I will do it. It sounds simple, but I am not a morning person, so I think this one is going to be very difficult. 

       I purchased a journal, that I am going to make my testimony journal. I think with goals, one of the most important things to do is to check in with yourself. And check your progress to see how far you've come. Not only can you then reassess and figure out what you want to work on more, things you think you don't need to work on so hard. And then you can look back, see how far you've come, and feel proud as you go along your journey. It's so easy in the moment to think I haven't done anything. I'm still in the same place I was. So if you make a little record, you can look back and realize, Oh my gosh, I did makea lot of progress! I'm a lot farther than I was before! And it will help keep you motivated. 

       That is my goal so far for 2018! I'm a little but nervous. It sounds like a lot. I've never started the year with such a plan before. So I'm a little bit nervous... I hope I can follow through! Stick around for my next episode where we are going to talk about self reflection. And how to do it, because it's not as simple as you would think. Don't forget to enjoy the journey, and I'll see you guys next time. 

Tschüss Mitenand! 

-Aly