My one word for the New Year is “present.” I have followed my aunt’s lead to choose a new word for each year- a kind of spin on a New Year’s resolution with less pressure and more freedom to explore and interpret.
The last season in my life was very busy, and lots of big changes happened very fast- ending a semester, leaving my job, moving from Belize to the U.S. I didn’t have the time to be as present in the moment as I wanted to be.
Now, my husband and I are back in the US expecting a new baby in April. We have lots of thoughts, plans, dreams for the future, and many uncertainties. But this year, I want to go slow. I need to go slow. I need to enjoy and be here for the season of pregnancy that feels like it’s going faster and faster. I need to savor the pre-baby time with myself and my husband, and prepare for life with baby. I need to ease back into North American life and culture, without feeling like I have to rush into the frenzy.
Winter helps. I don’t feel as much urgency to run around and get things done, I can take a slower pace. It feels like a slower time to hibernate, reflect, think, and plan.