My word for 2018 – willpower

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That is the word I have chosen to take me through 2018. I have a feeling I’m going to need a lot of it as I have set myself some high goals to attain and, knowing myself well, I will need constant pushing, coercing and chivvying along until I reach where I want to be.

2017 has been a year of enormous unforeseeable change for me, I went from a part-time job to a full-time role in January and discovered it was increasingly difficult for me to juggle the work-life balance. When school kids have 13 weeks holiday, the 21 days I had this year went nowhere. I am all too aware that this moment in the twins life will flash by in front of my eyes so I’m determined to make the most of it and get to spend some quality time with them that, they can learn from and carry through in life.

I changed job in November. I started as a TA in our local primary school, a job I have never previously considered. I quickly discovered that I loved it and recognised so many possibilities to make this role work even better for me. Studying will most definitely be a part of my 2018, I’m not sure which course or direction but anything from a 1-year course to a full-blown degree. More on that news to follow.

A second idea I have been toying with is a Couch to 5k running class, I know – ludicrous. Me, who HATES running. But, I’m unhappy with my figure, I’m unhappy with my fitness levels and my general health so I need to do something about it whilst I am still able to. My only concern is for my knees which I can only assess once I start running.

I have found a local running group and should start my first lesson in January, plus it’s free!

I want to start practising yoga, I want a stronger core and a clearer mind. I’m searching for a Saturday morning class to attend.

Finally, I’ve convinced myself to pick up a project I started with great enthusiasm a couple of years ago and then left to one side for lack of time available. I believe this project still has legs so I’m determined to complete the first stage in 2018. Then I will be able to see if it has legs to go further or not. I hope it does. I have spent many hours dreaming of how far this could go and I will only know if I set the wheels in motion. Wish me luck!

I am very aware that I will need great discipline to achieve the above. I am also conscious that this is the area I let myself down in most, therefore I call upon my chosen word WILLPOWER to be my guide this year.

And you? Do you have plans for 2018? Have you a chosen word to accompany you?

Maybe Willpower isn’t the word for you; take a look at what some of my friends have chosen as their word of the year for further inspiration…

Tanya  chose Enough

Michelle went for Believe

Becky seleted Choice

Kate has settled for Mind


  1. January 1, 2018 / 11:23 PM

    Well done Mari, so happy you are enjoying your change to being a TA. Great that you’ll not have to worry about holidays anymore and can enjoy that family time. All the best with your goals and I’ll be praying for your willpower to stay strong. Happy new year, Mich x

    • January 6, 2018 / 6:17 PM

      Thanks Mich. It’s amazing how a small change like moving to a TA role has made such a beneficial impact on my life!

  2. January 2, 2018 / 2:57 PM

    Good louck with all your dreams my lovely friend

    • January 6, 2018 / 6:18 PM

      Thank you and good luck with your 2018 plans too x

  3. January 2, 2018 / 9:04 PM

    Lots to focus on. Yoga is amazing – find a good teacher and you’ll never look back. Can’t wait to hear more in your other bits! Good luck xx

    • January 6, 2018 / 6:19 PM

      Thank you Kate and best of luck with your 2018 journey too :)

  4. January 3, 2018 / 12:49 AM

    You can do it hon. Keep me posted xx

    • January 6, 2018 / 6:19 PM

      My number 1 supporter :)
      thank you so much for your continued faith in me and best of luck to you too.

  5. January 9, 2018 / 9:46 PM

    Happy 2018 Mari, hope to catch up properly this year. I knew you would love being a TA. I really enjoyed it too! Happy running! xx

    • January 17, 2018 / 8:47 AM

      I’d love to catch up Emma, Life is still busy but I have all the holidays now. TA is really working out for me and unbelievably, so is the running! Who’d have ever said it?

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