One Word 2017

Ahhh, my word for this year.

It came to me while we driving to the Christmas tree farm. At the time it seemed logical. Necessary. Just… like a fresh breath. Like coming up for air. Like a big giant YES.

But as I sat with it, it got really scary. It felt really big. It felt like a step I wasn’t ready to take.

I completed my Powersheets and my word was all over the place.

But still I hesitated.


I completed the shortened 2017 Goals with Soul process that Danielle LaPorte put out this year. And, again, my word was at the top of the list.

And still I hesitated.

I toyed with wayfinding (from this amazing podcast that Tina pointed me to). And I tried on coddiwomple. But they just weren’t it.

So here we are. A week into 2017. And I’m ready to tell you.

My word for 2017 is unfurl.


It comes from a prayer from the Desire Map.

I accept my calling: to show up and shine, unfurled and honest.

As I typed that line just now, my friends, I got tears in my eyes. 

My calling isn’t a certain achievement. It isn’t a number or a pose or a job. My calling is to show up.


Let's do this, 2017.

the Desire Map and my Body.

I'm not being paid for this in any way, just so you know. My links are not affiliate links. I just think Danielle Laporte is just the sh!t. And my spirit animal. And my Patronus. 

I have worked through The Desire Map about a dozen times. And every time, I think the same things.

I already know of all of this. I'm not going to learn anything new about myself.

I already have my Core Desired Feelings. 

I already know how this works. It is too predictable and I'm going to get stuck.

And then BAM. She gets in my head and I get out of my head and magic happens.


I have so much swimming in my head right now that I wanted the process, but working through the actual book seemed like too much. I got the email for the 2017 Goals with Soul package and I was like "yup, that's for me." I sat down with my phone, my headphones, a few pens, and my bullet journal. And, after a few lunch breaks, I had 2017 all figured out.

But what struck me more than figuring out the direction for 2017 was the radical shift in how I feel about my body.


One of the exercises in this process is looking at where you are dissatisfied with different areas of your life. I rocked through most of the categories, seeing so much opportunity for big change and little tweaks. I was able to see where things fit together and where positive change here could impact positive change there. And how neglecting my spirituality was impacting my lifestyle. All of the bells were going off. In unison. It was a little amazing.

But then? Body and Wellness. And I was stuck. Honestly. Where am I dissatisfied? What do I want to change? I came to a full stop. I sat back in my chair. 

Zilch. Zip. Zero. Nada.


If I had decided to make New Year's Resolutions, they probably would have all been in this category. I would have said that I wanted to run a half marathon again. Or maybe master a yoga pose. Or maybe be vegan for a month or hit 10K steps every day or take my lunch every day or be more disciplined with my self-care routine. 

But nope. I am not dissatisfied with my body or my wellness right now. I initially thought that maybe it is because I have more pressing concerns, maybe I am in denial.

But the truth? I am in a good place.


I practice yoga every day. I eat (mostly) intuitively. I walk a few miles most days. I take my vitamins most days. I drink a lot of water most days. I do a lot of *mosts.* And that is enough. That is PLENTY. And I am satisfied.

I know this probably sounds like I'm bragging. Like I'm saying, "SEE! LOOK WHAT I DID!" But that's not the case at all. What I'm saying is that I assumed I was dissatisfied. I assumed I was frustrated. I assumed I wanted more.

When the reality is that I AM OKAY. I am PLENTY.


Where are you making assumptions? Where are you assuming that you are unhappy or unsatisfied? Where could you really just be OKAY or even PLENTY and just. It know it yet? 

When you start to tear yourself down, ask

What do I think I am I missing here?

How would this really change my life?

How important is this REALLY?

Is this true or just a leftover thought?

Can you allow yourself to see your okayness? Can you allow yourself to back out of empty struggle? Can you stop being dissatisfied just out of habit?

Are you willing to try?

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pre-resolution report

We woke up to snow this morning. I decided we'd run tomorrow when the streets are clearer. So I spent several hours this morning, while Nathan slept, with a book, coffee, a lit Christmas tree, and falling snow. It was just a great morning. I'm EATING UP The Desire Map. I'm feeling conflicted between savoring it and finishing it before the new year, though. She's got me doing some work. And I'm being surprised at what's coming out.


Yes. Struggling between savoring and wanting to have it done and beautiful and printables all over everywhere.


I've also been really really busy. Between training groups that start January 1 and the #GrowWings challenge, I'm swamped. But I'm also incredibly thankful and fulfilled. I know that I have to hustle to make this happen. That I'm going to be really busy while I build. And I hope that one day this will be what I do. For a living. And nothing else. And it doesn't feel like work at all, so that helps a lot.

I still have my goals and I think I'm settled on them. This time isn't on the printable (which is gorgeous!), so I just have a handy-dandy spreadsheet.

For this being a pre-challenge time, I'm pretty proud of myself.

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Not perfect by any means, but I'm getting somewhere. I feel like I'm easing into this challenge. Like I'm getting ready to take off my training wheels and let it fly. I'm excited.

So much excitement! I feel like I'm just oozing it right now. This is a great time to be me. I truly hope you can say the same.

Speaking of "right now," registration for the GrowWings challenge closes tonight. Well, actually when I wake up in the morning and take the page down. If you were thinking about joining in, the time is now! More info (to save you a click if you're considering)...


We'll start 2013 building healthy habits and setting meaningful and intentional goals for 2013. This will be a highly reflective and introspective process for figuring out what you want to be in 2013 and they motivation behind making changes.

The Committed Challenge for January will help us start 2013 with focus on creating healthy habits while allowing time for purposeful goal setting. We will set four habits – one each in food, fitness, spirit, and space. You will also receive 10 goal-setting newsletters over the month to help set the tone for creating meaningful goals for 2013. Also included will be another wonderful printable designed by Cassie Johnston of Back to Her Roots.

You have two options for joining this challenge:

For $50, you will receive

  • Newsletters and printable.

For $100, you will receive

  • Newsletters and printable
  • accountability coaching from me 3-4 times a week
  • group support in a private facebook group for participants only
  • entry into random drawing for prize that I am still confirming ($30 value)

Click here to register!

looking ahead

I am so excited about the new year, friends. 2013 is going to be such a great year. I thought I’d share a few ways I am celebrating.


I’m working through Susannah Conway’s Unravelling the Year Ahead. I’m loving it. Such a great tool for recognizing where I have been and where I want to go. It is really good stuff.


I’m also spending time with Danielle Laporte’s Desire Map. I’m doing the fun work of boiling down my desired feelings. I’m totally loving it, but it is a labor-intensive process.

I’m working through my pre-GrowWings goals too. I’m planning on getting my laundry under control this evening so I can keep up with it. But I’m rocking my devotionals, food, and running plan. Two days down, the rest of my life to go. I’m excited to have some momentum going as I go into 2013.

So how are you spending the last few days of 2012? Are you feeling recharged? Refocused?


Just a reminder – registration for GrowWings ends tomorrow evening! There are options for printable/newsletter only and for coaching by me! Click over to Committed Coaching for details!