2019: Persistence

By: Erin Rose Hennessy

Last year, I picked a “word for the year” for the first time. I wrote a blog post on what led me to pick “connection”. I spent a lot of time making sure I connected with my friends and family members face-to-face and I also connected with myself. I went on a few dates – nothing came of them, but I was proud of myself for stepping outside my comfort zone and putting myself out there.

This year, my word is: Persistence

When I think of the word “persistence,” I think “she who triumphed in the face of overwhelming odds.” My goals this year are to tackle my feelings of anxiety, fear, and loneliness and do something about them. Rather than sitting at home eating chocolate and feeling sorry for myself, I am challenging myself to pick myself up and press on anyway. Find the silver lining. Find a different solution.

I also am challenging myself to live life in the moment. Spend less time worrying about the future and being anxious about the past. Focus more on the now and what is happening. Have adventures. Be more spontaneous! But not y’know, head off on a whirlwind road trip spur-of-the-moment on a Friday night. I’m not that crazy.

This year, I am visualizing what I want in life and taking the steps to achieve those goals. Carpe diem!

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