one little word

OLW 2019

Things began to look up as the Winter Solstice approached. It felt like our family slowly climbing out of the chasm we had been stuck in once summer transitioned into fall. I looked at myself in the mirror and noticed an exhausted woman peering back at me. Even though I’ve been going gray for several years, I felt as though the number of grays had increased in recent months. I can do something about this, I told myself. Moments later, I called the salon and requested an appointment for a semi-permanent gloss to be applied to my hair before the end of 2018.
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Typically, autumn is the busiest time of year in our family. This season includes back-to-school transitions, birthdays, the Jewish High Holidays, and speaking engagements at conferences. In order for the final season of the year not to feel too hectic, we rely on everyone being healthy, the assistance of grandparents, etc. Without going into too much detail, the wheels fell off the wagon!
Like I said up front, things have gotten better. We are nearly at a point of equilibrium, which feels good. However, as I reflected on the autumn that was, I came to realize there will still be setbacks and frustrations in our lives. The best way to cope is to do a hard reset anytime — not just at the end of a day a week, a month, or a year — life gives us lemons. After coming to that realization, I found one little word to guide me through 2019: RESET.
I brainstormed a list of things I can do anytime I feel like I need to start over. My list included:
  • Stretching.
  • Meditating.
  • Taking a walk.
  • Listening to jazz or classical music.
  • Going out for a meal with a family member.
  • Planning a date night with my husband.
(Feel free to suggest other items I can add to my list by leaving a comment.)
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Last weekend, I went to the salon and had the gloss applied to my hair. I left the salon with shiny brown hair completely devoid of grays. Even though the color will fade and the grays will come back in a few weeks, this was the reset I needed to put the autumn of 2018 behind me.
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30 thoughts on “OLW 2019

  1. I love your OLW –there’s so much power and inherent optimism in the word “reset.” I also love your gloss, but I had to laugh because, while I’m fine with my gray, I also opted to have a gloss last week. I love the fade out piece (I am not a regular maintenance type person!). Here’s to us heading into 2019 looking fab! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. I don’t do much to celebrate New Years — I am usually in bed by 9! But I do love this reflective time of year. There is a break from school and we can pause, reflect and reset ourselves and orient ourselves in a new direction. Good luck with your OLW and Happy New Year.

  3. This is a third OLW post I read today. Everyone is aware of their needs and the words clearly fit their life right now. Your “Reset” is gentle and strong at the same time. I am still searching for my word.

  4. I love your word and feel like it could work for years to come! What great strategies to really reset when you feel like you need to. I would add, “call a friend,” to the list. I wish I were closer. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Reset is a great one! I remember how empowering it was for me to realize in the classroom that I didn’t need to wait for the right moment (after a vacation, on a Monday) to start over – I could just do it. Yet I don’t know if I’ve applied that to my own life – love that you’re using 2019 to do just that.

  6. Love how you’ll be using this word all year, not just at the beginning of a new year. I would have to add “curling up with a good book” to your list. Happy New Year, Stacey!

  7. Reset is something we all need to. Many times the path we choose is blocked and we need to reevaluate and pick a new one. I like how choose to reset as needed. Happy New Year to you and your family.

  8. Nothing like a reset at the salon (going tomorrow!) I think reset is such a powerful word. It is a reminder that one is in control – we may not be able to control life, but we can control how we react and respond – we do that through RESET! Thanks for sharing!

  9. It’s amazing how a trip to the salon can give us a new outlook. I hope your reset button works and you are able to see the wonder in your life.

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