Motivated, Passionate, Inspired.

In the last days of December, as I envisioned what I wanted 2018 to look like, I tried to create a word for the year.

2017 was a good year, but it was also a hard year for me. I struggled mightily against what I dubbed a case of the “meh’s”. I struggled to do things: big things, little things, even the things I loved to do seemed like a huge chore. I struggled to do housework, to make time for friends, to cook. I just felt “meh”.

2018 needed to be different and the word that came to mind when I envisioned the new year was not one, but three: motivated, passionate, inspired. 

In 2018, I want to be motivated to do all the things. It’s going to be a big year and hiding under the covers just isn’t going to cut it. I want to be passionate about what I do, whether it’s for a paycheck or not. I want to be inspired to grow, to work hard and to dream big.

It’s almost the end of January and I can’t say it’s been a miraculously new and easy month, but I’m trying to live by my new words. I’m making time to blog and workout, clean and wedding plan and forcing myself to stick to it. I’m working hard to focus on what I’m passionate about and find a way to love, or at least like, what pays the bills. I’m spending more time looking for inspiration; blogging, photography, wedding planning.

It’s not perfect, but I’m trying.

Setting an intention for the year, the day, or even the next meeting you walk into isn’t magic, but it gives you a positive to focus on. Sometimes we just need that little thread to hold on to to make it through whatever comes next.

Did you set a word or intention for 2018? I’d love to hear about it! If not, it’s never too late!


If you need something to cling to today, or any day, this is my favorite mantra:

“Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.”

-Christian D. Larson


Author: mikaelayanagihara

I'm Mikaela and I'm an Outside Millennial.

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