My daughter’s first full year outside the womb went by so fast, and luckily for all of us, my one-word theme for 2014 held up well. The word was “salute,” which put a focus firmly on health this past year.
Throughout the year, I took daily walks with my little one and got scolded several times for having her out in such weather — too hot, too cold, too windy, you name it and I was wrongwrongwrong. You can read more about everything I don’t know about being a mother (according to locals) at Baby Espresso.
The walks gave both of us some fresh air and me some time to just be quiet and relax a bit even if my feet were moving. Added bonus was that it got Marisa some sleepy time as she has always been a reluctant napper. Too much to see and do, people! MUST. STAY. AWAKE.
Even better, I’m so happy to say Marisa didn’t get so much as a cold during her first year — aaaand then she woke up with one on her first birthday. That was probably Mommy’s fault for dragging her across the Atlantic and back to meet her American family, but I think it was worth it all around. More immunity for her plus lots and lots and lots of love . . . she is certainly one loved little girl and I can’t wait to see what the new year brings, including lots more walks with Mommy, now on her own two feet!
So moving on to 2015 . . .
As seems to be my thing when choosing my one-word theme, I had an immediate flash when I began thinking about it. This came in the form of the word “strength,” but I wasn’t convinced. It just didn’t feel exactly right even though it encompassed a lot of what I think 2015 is going to be about for me. It wasn’t until a bit later that it all became clear. The word I was looking for is the Italian word for strength:
The word means strength, power, intensity, and I can barely even type it without using ALL CAPS. It’s that strong, folks.
And yet it’s also so much more than that.
FORZA! is a battle cry when you are faced with a challenge or when you aren’t feeling like yourself or you’re in a rut and need to get over the hump or simply when you have a case of the I don’t wannas.
I seem to have had a lot of those in the past year as I was being pulled in so many different (mostly enjoyable but often stressful) directions, so I can’t think of a better word to serve as my driving force throughout 2015 when I know there will be lots more opportunities to call upon my reserve of FORZA.
I have so many projects and ideas swirling around in my head after a year of being somewhat in a fog a lot of the time—a deliriously happy newborn-related fog, but one I’m more than happy to be emerging from nonetheless.
So I will need some FORZA for sure, and even if you don’t adopt it as your one-word theme, do feel free to borrow it whenever you need some encouragement and support.
And picture Marisa doing a fist pump along with you if it helps, too. I know it helps me.
What’s your one-word theme for 2015?