Word to 2016

Invest (1)

I’ve been contemplating over this post ever since Allie wrote hers. Immediately, the word “invest” came to mind. But I thought, how boring! I quickly put “invest” out of my head and came up with cooler words like “hustle” or “sharp”. I tried to think about how those words could shape my life in 2016. They are not bad words, but I just kept coming back to my first word. So, I am going with my gut.

“Invest” seems like a word that doesn’t exist in the vocabulary of children. In your youth, others are constantly investing in you and your future (parents, family, teachers) whether you are aware of it or not. But what happens when you get to the future? This next bit I say with the utmost love and respect for my fellow adults, and I must add that I have a loving support group of family and friends. BUT! When you get to the future and you become an adult, there’s really not the same level of investment from others. You have to do the heavy lifting and learn how to take care of yourself.

Let me paint this with an example. When you are a kid, everyone is helping you gather materials to build a boat. They are helping you put your boat together. They are making sure that your boat has no holes to the best of their ability. They are making sure you have your oars and how to use them. But as soon as your boat is ready and you are an adult, you are just another fellow boater on the sea of life. All paddling to who knows where. I think this is where my example needs to end.

This was a weird way of saying, I’m going to make “invest” my word of 2016 in the following ways:

  • I am going to invest in myself. I’m going to take some time and make sure that I am well physically and mentally.
  • I am going to invest in others. I want to make sure that I am being supportive to those that mean the most to me, my family and friends.
  • I am going to invest in this blog. I’m going to make it a priority to release my creativity through writing.
  • I am going to invest in my future. I want to take the time to make sure I am maturing professionally, and I suppose monetarily invest in my retirement (blegh).

Also, I’m going to invest in a timeless, little black dress that will make me feel like Wonder Woman.

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