My Word for 2020

Thursday, January 9, 2020

I was debating this year if I should set goals for the year ahead or if I should come up with a word to serve as my word of the year. I've done both in the past and I honestly feel like we always have these grand plans at the start of the year but never really change anything! A year is a pretty long time and honestly sometimes I forget that I set goals for myself so I decided that maybe a word to serve as inspiration may be a better path to follow.

I decided on intentional for my word of the year and I really love it. The definition of intentional is "done on purpose; deliberate" and I think that in and of itself is a great goal to strive for. I want to make sure that I am being intentional in all aspects of my life: school, friends, family, blogging.

In school, I want to complete my assignments not so I don't fail or I can check it off of my list of to-dos but so I can learn from it. I'm now in the "professional" portion of my degree so most of my classes are focused on concepts that I will need to be a good teacher. I want to be intentional now so I can be best prepared for my future (oh that's scary to say!).

The past few weeks, I've really been aware of how quickly college has gone by and how much I really want to soak in the stage of life I'm in. Of course, I know that I have a lot of college left but I know it will go by quickly so being intentional with my friendships is oh so important to me. I want to be the type of friend who goes the extra mile, who takes care of her "people", and is present in friendships.

I think being intentional in friendships also applies to being intentional in my relationships with family. I am definitely a people person- I regain my energy from being around others but I think it's important to be choosy about how you spend your time and who you spend it with. As my siblings and I get older, it's natural for things to change and soaking in time with my family is so important.

And intentional really applies to blogging too. I think on Instagram + blogging it's so easy to fall into the trap of wanting to be like every other influencer. I've had to take steps back and remind myself that I don't blog because I want it to be popular. That's not why I started Chic in Carolina. I was (and am) passionate about sharing what's going on in my life, outfits I like, and things like that. I want to be intentional in what I share because I read blogs because I find the blogger interesting and relatable not because they're a clone of everyone else so I need to remember that myself.

Do you have a word set for 2020? If so, what word did you choose? Let me know in the comments!

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