The Verb of 2017 is Nourish
So as I wrote in my previous post, 2016 has been, for many of us, a year. Many of us have been preoccupied with big picture issues, and in light of this, it seems wrong (not to mention a bit retro, but in the naff way) to talk about traditional "New Year's Resolutions". And yet, maybe in part because we are so consumed by worry and anxiety, both about ourselves and the state of the world, we seem to be in a season of perpetual self-improvement. So the idea of resolutions remains, I think, current and relevant. I've seen a few different approaches to a modern take on resolution season.
At the start of 2015, Vogue suggested an "eat this, not that" approach to resolutions, subbing out some of our usual list items for more modern and perhaps more achievable counterparts. This seemed a bit gimmicky, and I didn't really vibe with what they picked (I for one always prefer a black cab to Uber anyway).
ELLE UK called for 2017 to be The Year of Not Being Perfect - which I really like in theory, but their model/celeb references don't quite convince for me, because as much as Gigi Hadid stresses her imperfection and highlights her work ethic (both of which I applaud her for), it's hard for me to feel a sense of real camaraderie with a supermodel. I doubt I'm alone on this one. It's not her fault, but dems da facts, I'm afraid.
Gretchen suggests picking a theme word of the year. This I like - I too am a fan of a framework, and an even bigger fan of simplicity. One Word to Rule Them All has promise - not too much to think about, easy to check back in, and vague enough to give yourself lots of outs if you find that you're not really hitting your benchmarks throughout the year. Not that you would be anyway - because there aren't any when you keep things this loose.
But I want to finesse this a little bit - keep the simplicity, but make this more of a call for action, which seems to match our #currentmood much better, being one of action. And thus the verb of 2017 was conceived - mine is nourish.
What does the idea of "nourish" mean to you?
When I think of how I have typically related to myself - whether it's my physical body, or my mental state, or my achievements, it is with anything but a nourishing state of mind. I am often critical, exacting, ungenerous and occasionally downright mean; I know that I am not alone. This year, I want to spend time feeding myself. I want to indulge in beautiful images, sounds, experiences, sensations and tastes. I want to spend less time thinking about what the implications of my choices are, and more time observing and celebrating how they make me feel - both in the moment, and after I have thoroughly enjoyed them. I want to open myself up to trying things that are new, stepping outside of my comfort zone. I want to find more physical, spiritual emotional and mental experiences that feed me and those around me. I want to end the year feeling, if not restored, closer to "full" than I feel now. That is my aim.
So in kicking off my year of nourishment, I'll be spending some time on Life Butter Radio looking at one of the most important (and obvious) ways in which we nourish ourselves - through the foods that we eat and how we treat our body. Looking forward to catching up with you on the podcast; I think it's going to be a fun season.