The 2019 Word of the Year CHANGE Has Changed EVERYTHING

How the word of the year change has changed everything and it can change yours too! Life lessons, live your best life, positivity and inspiration, wellness and self care, personal growth and motivation #selfcare #personalgrowth #goals #motivation #positivity

2019 Word Of The Year: CHANGE: To make or become different.

I didn’t know the Word Of The Year, AKA WOTY, was a thing until a couple of years ago. In the past, I couldn’t choose one word. This year, I’m all about changing EVERYTHING.

Change says a lot about where I am in life. It implies that I’m over and done with where I was. Yes. Past tense. I’m already on the adventure.

I figured I’d have to change everything to get a different outcome this year. You’ve seen the quote falsely attributed to Einstein, Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. Well I’m not insane so I decided to go for it.

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First a little backstory:

*Cue tiny violins*

I’ve been in a holding pattern for over five years.

When I found an old blog post from 2012 about mantras, I cried. I realized I hadn’t told myself my absolute favorite, which I used to say out loud almost daily, for several years.

You are so good at what you do.

Back then, I was in my second year of blogging. I had won a ton of awards between Salon.com and WordPress and felt encouraged by the results of my new writing endeavors. I figured by now, I’d have several books published and would be a super blogger.

High expectations can be deadly to hope. So can health setbacks.

In August of 2018, I had officially survived breast cancer for five years, but it wasn’t until two weeks ago that I was tested. *insert gulp here* Every appointment is nerve-wracking but absolutely necessary for continued health. No news is good news in that department, so, YAY for bionic boobs!

Ever since I was diagnosed, I’ve dealt with the worry of recurrence along with beating myself up for getting it in the first place. “A perfect storm of circumstances caused your cancer,” is what my oncologist said along with what I would guess was a reaction to soy. Only a guess. I’ll never know.

Being on an anti-cancer drug flatlined me for five years. Try living without estrogen. Men have estrogen. So do POST-menopausal women. It has taken my body a while, but my lighthearted self is returning, slowly. The butterflies have reawakened when looking forward to an exciting future after they lay dormant for a long time.

Everyone goes through the loss of loved ones and I’ve had more than my share. I suffered the guilt of not being able to revive my brother almost two years ago. It has taken a while to heal my heart.

I’ve also battled injuries and surgeries, blah blah blah. I don’t even want to think about it. I had taken myself out of tennis, which I love, and planned to start back in January only to pinch my meniscus over the holidays. GAH! I’m so over it. Can you believe my luck?

And speaking of luck, (my voice becomes a shout every time I proofread this out loud) I used to be super lucky and won all kinds of prizes along with a heli-ski trip. All of that went away too. Why?

BAGGAGE.

I was never going to be that person.

Heavy setbacks dragged me down as I attempted to climb mountains. The weight impacted my outlook. I had a hard time hoping when my shoulders ached. Loaded down, I could only take baby steps.

That metaphor is waaaaaaay too overused and cliché.

How about an allegorical tale instead:

For a long time I felt like a rugby player with the ball. I could shrug off other players and score goals all week long. “YES! YAAAAAAYY! Woohoo! Woohooooooo!”

My team high-fived me and my heart soared. I felt unstoppable. I was unstoppable.

Feeling like the guy with the ball until Change and Hope came to my rescue. Click for my Word of the Year and how it can help you! #WOTY

Then one day, an enormous opponent appeared. I couldn’t sprint away this time. Instead, the giant crushed me in his grip and threw me to the ground like a rag-doll.

That’s pretty cliché too.

Like a wimp who cared more about her hair and nails.

Now I’m being sexist. I could care about my hair and nails and still win at life. C’mon!

Okay, okay.

Like I’d never played the game before.

Better.

ANYWAY, the entire opposing team piled on top of the giant who sprawled on top of me. Their collective weight constricted my lungs. The smell of earth and sweaty uniforms became too much. I let go and quit fighting. I embraced defeat. And after a few years of setbacks, the worst of all emotions seeped inside me.

I felt sorry for myself. WHY MEEEEEEEEE??????

It was more like a whimper. gah. it’s so unfair. why me.

It’s hard to admit, but it’s true. Totally pathetic, right? I think it’s pathetic. You know it’s pathetic.

PATHETIC.

Woe is me IS NOT ME AT ALL.

So in the early hours of 2019, a small voice could be heard from under the massive pile of bodies created by setbacks and unfortunate events. It started out as a mumble in a random thought.

But, I’m a badass. I can’t feel sorry for myself.

That’s when I claimed my WOTY, Word Of The Year, CHANGE. The weight lessened somewhat. Together we began to push.

Too weird a visual? Just go with it.

As I made new choices, HOPE flickered. Soon, I could see light beyond the bodies of stinky rugby players. With the word Change and renewed Hope a new mantra emerged:

THIS IS YOUR YEAR

*Cue the song, HALLELUJAH*

As my new mantra began to pop into my head, I limped from the playing field into the forest where all kinds of exciting twists and turns lay ahead. It didn’t take long before my risk-taking started to result in new accomplishments.

So the moral of the story?

Don’t play rugby?

No, play the game but realize that no one goes through life winning. There will be tough losses too. And they may be so much worse than what average people go through. Allow yourself the time to heal even if it takes longer than you thought possible. Be aware that life will reach out to help you climb from of the crushing weight of your past in all kinds of surprising ways. Remember that your losses and setbacks are behind you or at least the crushing feeling won’t last forever. You’ll carry the scars inside and out but the super cool product of surviving? You’ll be stronger. When you’re ready, go for it.

AND CHANGE EVERYTHING

A different point of view provides a new outlook and solutions. Click for inspiration and how the word change can change everything! Positivity, Life lessons, personal growth, life your best life

Now when I have a choice of doing the same old thing or something new, I take the harder path into the forest. The one that takes me deeper. All kinds of predators lurk in the shadows. It involves a ton more risk and I know I’ll stumble along the way. I already have, but that’s part of the adventure. No matter how hard or uncomfortable the task, I know I’ll look back on this year differently than 2018.

groundhog day

Instead of waking up to the song, I’ve Got You Babe, like I’m in the movie Groundhog Day, over and over and over again, each day presents new possibilities. When I make the harder choice, the one with risk, there’s also hope for a more positive or, at least, different outcome.

How do I know?

Because, I’m already in deep. Seven weeks into 2019, new routines and choices have created all kinds of exciting possibilities and results.

Is it hard?

Of course it’s hard! It’s easy and safe to stick to a boring routine. Taking risk and being uncomfortable are necessary for change and personal growth. Oh, yeah, and my other goal in the growth department is to gain five pounds of muscle by summer.

I’m not alone in this journey. Hope and Change have taken me by my hands. Change is on the left, I think, or is it on the right? Yeah, definitely on the right.

Change. Who knew a six letter word could be so powerful!

Have you chosen a WOTY? It’s not too late! Pick one and it might change your world!

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    1. Thanks so much! It really has changed how I spend my days. Now whenever I consider doing the same old thing or routine, I break out and shake things up! Sometimes I get carried away and stay up waaaaaay too late. LOL!

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  1. We change many many times in our lives. For the past 10 years– or is it more– that I have known you– we have both had fire flames thrown at us. But, we survived and are still walking talking and writing at the same time. Whatever we have done the past few years be proud. We are getting our messages out to the world.. and that is a good thing.

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          1. Well done post. I know what you’re saying about oversharing, but there are things that affect us all, and I don’t consider it oversharing unless it gets too personal. Some might say having cancer is personal – sure it is, but so many people have it that this kind of sharing is very helpful. It’s a different kind of sharing than when someone tells gossipy info they should keep to themselves. You did a good job on this post.

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  2. A very powerful, candid and inspiring post…I always remember what Siguornay Weaver says to Melanie Griffith in “Working Girl”: “Who makes it happen?” And she replies, “I do. I make it happen.” And it’s true! Good luck with the 2019 that stretches out like a yellow brick road in front of you!

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  3. I love this! What a powerful WOTY you picked. One that’s not always easy to act on, yet you’re doing it. Bravo! If I picked a WOTY it would probably be something like renewal or faith. Going through challenging times, and they’re far from over.

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  4. Change is a great WOTY. I mad Abundance,in all parts of my life, my WOTY. I wanted better health, more exercise, time with friends and family, time writing. I have hurt my wrist lifting my bra strap back on my shoulder (huge boobs) so I have needed help from my family and friends. I am usually very independent. But I have taken time after groups I am in socializing instead of dashing home., gone to a movie with friends, had other times with these people I never used to do. My computer is having problems but I have started doing a daily prompt using my smartphone and more people are reading my blog. I am now an OAP (65) so I get free bus travel after 9 am. My possibility of travel has expanded. All I need to get is walk out my door and get on that bus. On IG a thread is the @undreadshelf2019 that is helping me read all those books in my Kindle app, on my bookshelves and from the library and document them. NZ is having an abundance of hot dry summer weather that I have experienced because I am doing Samsung monthly walking challenge of 200,000 steps or more each month. I have abundance in my life. I love WOTY as it helps me recognize what is happening in my life.

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  5. This is quite an undertaking you have aspired to, Susie. With what you have been through to still have such optimism and love of life is inspiring. However, you may not be giving yourself enough credit for all you have accomplished already. You are multi-talented, have a loving family, and are adventuresome beyond what many of us attain. (Hence, the wild ride). But you are right, changes do add more spark to life and I know you will be very successful.

    As for me, at this stage of my life there is not much left to change. However, since I am inspired by your post, I have decided that, henceforth, I will change my underwear every day!

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  6. What a post Susie!!

    I think you are going to kick 2019 up the arse and be amazing at whatever you put your mind to! Good luck!

    P.s. I tore my meniscus a few weeks ago too. Oooouch. I hope that it is starting to heal! We now have matching ski boots and injuries (!)

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  7. Great Post – made me think! I am still on my word for 2018 which was health. I need to get going since it almost March. I know for 2019 I want to make more time for play, fun, enjoyment . . . Finally going on a real vacation in the Fall and the last one was January 2015, which set off a huge change in moving from Out West to FL. We are loving it here and our whole beings are a little happier and healthier too. BONUS! Take Care & Happy Day – Enjoy 🙂

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    1. Hey Renee! Great to see you!
      It’s never too late to pick a word. I love your idea of making time to play your focus for 2019. The same thing occurred to me over the weekend, so I made a list of things to do that make me happy! All work and no play makes me grumpy. LOL!
      Happy day to you!

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  8. Oh, bravo!!! 😀 … I feel like 2019 is more of a continuation of the end of 2018 where I finally felt like I was in my writing groove … still there … and planning on staying there. 😀

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    1. Woohoo! Way to go, Widderwoman. I’m so glad to hear that. Ironically, I made a pin last night that reads, Get in the Groove and Write Every Day! and linked it to my Write 1000s of Words post. LOL! We’re on the same wavelength! Sounds like you’ll accomplish a ton this year!

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  9. I am so thrilled for you to have received a really good report from your doctors and testing. Living with the fear of recurrence must indeed be a very heavy burden. I like your word, “change,” and think as you apply it I see “growth” as the secondary meaning of the word. You are doing so many amazing things, Susie, and I just want tell you how much I admire your strength and persistence. You are really something special!

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    1. Wow! Thanks so much, Debra. You made my week!
      I’m working harder than ever this year and my muscles are growing too! I moan and groan, but say to myself, “Hey! It’s time to Change so get your booty in the car and get to class!” Okay, okay… 🙂 Yes, I’m finding all this change is really productive and so far, it’s showing lots of results.
      Funny thing though and I might blog about it, every horoscope in the paper this week has been about not changing or doing anything I may not want to commit to later. LOL! The timing is hilarious.

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    1. Thanks so much, Jen! I’m putting myself out there more than ever before while trying different tactics. So far, it’s working! And I’m kicking my butt to get into the gym as part of that.
      “It’s time to go!”
      “Do I have to?”
      “Hey, it was your idea to change so you tell me…”
      LOL!

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    1. Thanks so much, PA! And I’ll be cheering for you too. What do you hope to accomplish?
      It’s funny but the word change is kicking my butt in gear to commit to all kinds of things even though my horoscope all week has been recommending the opposite. LOL! I wonder what crazy twists are in store…

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  10. Thursday – always 🙂 And to say after dating my Irish girlfriend and cohabitating with her happily all day and night until her Visa expired, and anyways among all of Black -Bush, Bush, and Guinness’ 71 days and nights later and I was needing extensive speech classes. I am the reason me son, (‘me’, that’s her northern Irish influence there upon me), me son’s Kindergarten teacher wanted to have a meeting with my, I mean me’. New word, oh they just won’t come to me head anymore, his teacher has properly deprogrammed abilities as a fine wordsmith. 🙂

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  11. Change is a wonderful word Susie and it really sounds like you have embraced the meaning of it completely. Go for it and enjoy every day and all of the mew experiences that life throws at you. Say Yes to everything.

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  12. I’m glad the butterflies are reviving! That’s always important. I guess my word is persevere as I’m working on several projects and just hope to get the energy to finish them! Time is guaranteed to no one.

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  13. I think I agree with WOTY as “change”. I change constantly. Losing my Sister, last month, to Cancer (3 types yet!) was and is hard. Mom and I go through a bit each day. She has her patterns which keep her going at 84. I am the one who relies on change and has since my stroke almost 9 years ago.
    Scott

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    1. I’m so sorry to hear about your sister, Scott. It takes a long time to heal from that loss. It’s almost two years since I lost my brother and I think about him and my dad every day.
      If you’re not where you want to be, change is everything! Somewhere in my mind, I felt that working hard would take me to the goal line, but it can require so much more than that. We’ll see what happens.
      Sending lots of hugs, peace, and positive energy.

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