January 9, 2019

The last time I chose a word of the year was back in 2016. My word was fearless. I have a necklace that Emma from Adventures of a London Kiwi sent me that says “fate loves the fearless” that I love and wear all the time. “Fate loves the fearless” has kind of become my mantra, something I tell myself over and over.

In January 2016, I moved to Connecticut. A new home in a place I had never lived seemed like a good time for a new word. Fearless in a new place.

Come January of 2019 and we’re moving back to the mainland, to a place I’ve never lived before, to a place I know not much about. I decided it was time to pick a new word to guide my year and my move.

This year, I want to be intentional. About so many things. About how I spend my time, who I spend my time with, what I eat, what I read.

Nick and I have spent so much time researching everything about DC. Where should we live? Should keep a car? What kind of commute should he have? Should we live farther out and have a cheaper, bigger place to live, at the cost of a long commute? How will we meet people? We are being so intentional about setting up our life in DC that it seems only fitting that I make this my guide for 2019.

One way we are being intentional is that we decided to splurge on a place to live that is close to where Nick will be working, so that Nick will have a shorter commute time. It’s also probably the nicest place we’ve ever lived. We figured spending a little extra money will make up for the extra time Nick has at home. We looked at virtually every single option and neighborhood spanning from Maryland to DC to Virginia and ultimately settled on a neighborhood that I think will be perfect for us.

After spending so much time apart last year, all I want in 2019 is to be able to cook dinner at home together, spend our nights on the couch with a couple of glasses of wine, and just be together. We want to be able to save time and be able to just walk to a grocery store. We want Nick to be able to come home right after work instead of spending hours commuting. So, we decided to make where we live a priority.

In 2019, I want to simplify. We want to make DC feel like home and we want our home to be a sanctuary. I want to spend more time at home. I want to take the time to make my house feel like a home instead of just rushing through unpacking. I want to take the time to enjoy DC and everything that amazing city has to offer. I want to be close enough to all of the museums that I actually get myself to go. I want to be intentional about how we spend our weekends so that we can really enjoy the city.

Here’s to 2019.

Do you have a word for the year? I’d love to hear about it.

5 responses to “My Word for 2019”

  1. Audrey says:

    It sounds like DC is going to be a wonderful experience for you. I think “intentional” is the perfect word for a year filled with moving and new places and new people and new habits. I hope you absolutely love DC. Have you watched The West Wing? It’s all I can think of now when people mention DC 🙂

  2. Great choice for a word and great choice for your living situation! When do you move? How long will you be in DC? I hope you love it! I’ve never been to DC. We were supposed to go in middle school but the class trip got canceled after 9/11.

  3. Julie says:

    I’m so glad you guys decided to splurge a bit and rent somewhere closer to his job. I remember when I would spend my summers in the DC are and be interning in DC, the drive to my office from Bethesda was still an hour. Argh.

  4. Sarah says:

    I love the idea of a word for the year. Intential is a great word and perfect for your move to DC <3 This is the first time I chose a word of the year, which for me is self compassion!

  5. Jen says:

    I love your word for this year! I think we all can use this word in our every day lives. 🙂

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