My Word for 2018

On any given day, I'm wearing multiple hats and working on many different projects. It's awesome. I love working toward goals and helping others. One of the challenges, however, is that it's incredibly easy to allocate time to tasks and projects that aren't in line with my overall priorities. Slowly but surely, I drift away from my passions to things that simply need my time. That theme is unfortunately related to time away from my blog.

One thing that I brought back into my life (after a 10-year hiatus) is yoga. I suspect we can thank yoga for my inspiration to live more intentionally! What I love about yoga is the constant balance between two diametrically opposed forces: strength and flexibility. In that balance is where I find peace and strength. In that balance, I am intentional.

Photo by  Jacob Postuma  on  Unsplash

Photo by Jacob Postuma on Unsplash

Another piece that helps me refocus and be intentional is time away from my responsibilities (otherwise known as vacation). I love to be busy, so it's incredibly easy for me to just keep doing ALL THE THINGS without thinking about why I'm doing them. I took an extended break recently (actually, I'm still on it). That time away helped me realized what I needed more of AND less of in my life. Again, in that space, I am intentional.

After careful thought, I chose this word to guide 2018: intentional.

Refocusing and realigning my priorities brings a sense of peace and excitement. Shifting more exclusively to what really invigorates and fulfills me, student-athlete health and wellness (balanced nicely with triathlon training, spending time with family/friends, and, of course dogs), also helps me be creative about how I approach those priorities. I love innovative approaches backed by science. And I now have more space to do more of those things and make what I am already doing even better.

Admit it: you've missed all these adorable pup pictures during my blog hiatus. I understand. I'm here to help you with that.

Admit it: you've missed all these adorable pup pictures during my blog hiatus. I understand. I'm here to help you with that.

I encourage you to take some time to consider what word you want to guide your 2018. I prefer choosing word over a "resolution." (I talked about this in a previous post...apparently I occasionally take my own advice!) A word can guide your life more broadly and allow for necessary flexibility. A word is simple, yet powerful, and in that powerful space we find growth. And that is powerful, too.

Dr. Erin Haugen is a licensed clinical psychologist and sport/performance psychologist located in Grand Forks, ND. She specializes in helping college student-athletes excel in sports and in life. She is a former basketball player, current triathlete, and LOVES dogs.


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