The Word Of The Year 2017 | Trust

Hey, there!

For the past five years, I’ve been choosing words to guide me while I create the life I wanna have and become the person I wanna be.

Last year my word was EXPERIENCE.

I love how the word I choose always nurtures my year even when I don’t really focus on it. I was surprised during 2016 whenever someone gave me the opportunity to experience something new, it was like these people were in sync with my word.

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I won’t remember every little new experience I had, mainly because I didn’t keep a log. (It’s a good time to get back to the monthly recap here on the blog), but I wanna share some highlights of my experiences both in my personal life and online/professional life:

  • My family and I spent a day at a water park for the first time. It was an incredible experience, not only for the fun we had (and I had a lot!) but also because I allowed myself to be in a swimming suit for the whole day without worrying about what people would think of my body.
  • We supported my father in two of his swimming competitions. I feel so proud and happy about that.
  • My husband and I started to have a brief date night once in a while to enjoy one another and talk about our plans and ways to make our relationship even better.
  • I discovered the benefits of green-smoothies.
  • I discovered how gluten, excess fat, excess carbs and sugar can harm my body and productivity.
  • I spent my birthday with people I love in a Buddhist Temple. It was such a great experience, we took a free tai-chi-chuan class and I was surprised by how it worked my muscles. Besides that, we ended up having lunch in the Japanese neighborhood of São Paulo where I had never been before.
  • My husband and I went to an alternative (kinda hippie) bar in our town more than once and it’s such a friendly place. We also made new friends in there.
  • We went to the first Food Truck Festival in town. Besides trying Mexican food, a French dessert and craft beer, we also had fun watching a man singing and playing guitar and using some DIY instruments. It was fun.
  • We went to a free concert and I felt so happy that I had the chance to see Marjorie Estiano sing. She’s a Brazilian actress and singer who I like so much and I’d never saw her sing live before. She focuses more on her acting career.
  • I took 10 sessions of holistic therapy and they were essential for me in overcoming my worst fears.
  • I quit my day job and focused solely on my creative business.
  • I visited a new park in a neighbor town with my family to celebrate my mother’s birthday. Besides the park, we visited an orchid greenhouse and had lunch in a great restaurant by the river.
  • I had an open and honest conversation with my mother and that changed our relationship. Now, we are much more tolerant and lovely to each other.
  • I tried Bullet Journaling and that lead me to start drawing. I love drawing and it is something I want to incorporate into my life.
  • My daughter and I had a free sample of a singing class. I loved it and want to enroll soon.
  •  I went with my family to Maresias beach for the first time and stayed in a big, comfortable and beautiful house with a swimming pool, a great deck and a door to the beach.
  • I enrolled for 100 Rejection Letters.
  • I participated in an online call with 5 foreign people. I do use English on a daily basis but speaking live on a call is very different from blogging or texting.
  • I bought Your Best Year 2017 by Lisa Jacobs.

I know there’s more, but these give you a good idea of how my word nurtured my year. I always motivate people to choose a word for the year because it can make such a difference in your life.

Last year, I chose my word to guide me, I didn’t have any resolutions and it was incredible! It was the best choice for the moment I was living. My only goal was to follow my intuition and having no resolutions was a great move in that direction.

In October, I felt it was enough. I felt that the word Experience had already became part of me and my life, that I was ready for another word. When that happened, I decided to choose another word, one that would me guide in 2017. I chose DEPTH and while I started focusing on it, my word of 2016 was still influencing my life.

Two months later, while I was planning 2017 with Your Best Year 2017 I noticed that I needed another word. Depth is an important word for me for many reasons but it leads me to focus on mental activity and I know I need to give my ideas real action. I need to make and do much more than think because I’m an overthinker and that’s tiring and doesn’t take me to where I wanna go. I knew I needed another word but I couldn’t find one easily so I decided to let it come to me. I didn’t push.

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How right I was to do that! One day before New Year’s Eve, I decided to journal and the word came to me: TRUST. I wanna trust my intuition and give my ideas an opportunity to become real, I wanna trust my talents and ability to learn and develop good work, I wanna trust my husband to provide, I wanna trust my daughter to become a better person as she is getting into the teen years, I wanna trust my decisions and believe I know what’s best for me and my family, I wanna trust the divine to support me in creating the life I wanna live and become the person I wanna be. With all that, I won’t give much attention to my ego and all the self-doubt.

With my new word I also aim to activate the law of Action and Attraction in my life. I’m into learning about the 12 laws that guide our universe and for me, the best way to learn is by experiencing while I’m studying the subject.

How about you? What’s your word of 2017 going to be? Let me know in the comments.

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Dear Future Me 2015 (recap)

Hey there!

My one word for the year is EXPERIENCE. What I aim in 2016 is practical contact, physical movement, action. There is nothing more terrifying to me than the thought of being inert, not learning new things, not meeting new people, not trying new tastes, not doing what I love, not loving my life. How much of action do I miss by keeping everything in my mind, only dreaming or reflecting? This year, I want to keep on dreaming and reflecting while learning to take action towards what matters to me.

This is a serie of posts about my experiences in 2016.

Here’s another great experience, and it started in 2015. One of my inspirations who I learned a lot from is Jess Lively. Some of her interviews were really important for me. I find valuable things in her podcasts and especially in her book reccomendations. She is always talking about the 7 habits of highly effective people and I do the same, always sharing and reccomending, it’s a life changing book.

Something she did for years was writing a letter to her future self. When I read about the idea last year on Michelle’s blog I thought it would be very good to try and here’s my recap on the letter I wrote back in January, 2015 for the current me and how much impact it made in my life.

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January 22, 2016

Dear Dani,

When I look at the mirror I see a full person, a woman that discovered what is within her and respects herself and then can offer the best of her to herself and to the others. She’s kind, calm, tolerant and wise with the words she says.

In the last 12 months my creative business grew and now it’s my primary income source what makes me very happy for doing what I love is priceless. Besides that, I created a blog with the aim of sharing what I’ve been learning and practicing to live a life with purpose – this one in Portuguese. My goal is to offer the best of me, so … (very personal stuff)

Working from home I could be more present to my family. I am taking care of our health, making healthier food and being more attentious with hubby and our daughter.

I became more independent, I can now drive everywhere I want or need with no fear, I’m doing what has to be done without worrying about what others are doing, I stopped depending on others to go for my dreams.

I learned to calm the compulsive and impulsive behavior, so I’m losing weight, saving money and respecting others’ will promoting more harmonious relations with my family and friends.

I made new friends that are also enthusiastic about life with purpose therefore we learn a lot from each other.

We planned and saved money for a cruise.

We planted a garden and I take care of it daily with much love. And we have a new pet that is a guinea pig which makes us very happy.

I decluttered the house, made energy cleanse and blessed it the way I learned in Espaço Entrevidas, bringing good energy vibes and making it cozier which affects all areas of our lives.

Above all, I was happy al through this self learning journey because I believe that the walk is more important than the destiny.

Be yourself wherever you are.
Have a great 2016


Jess always reflects about how much she has accomplished and I think this is the greatest thing about this project. When you write it, you are declaring all those things to be true and it influences the energy vibration.

I revised all the paragraphs and tried to rate all the items and I believe I did 67% of it. The most interesting of this exercise is knowing that all things included in the letter still are things I want for my life. I think it’s the first time I don’t cross things off because they don’t fit me anymore. I guess I’m listening to my heart/intuition.

Other interesting facts:

  • The 33% I didn’t accomplish includes things that are not priorities
  • I had a hard time to find the letter, that is I didn’t read it through the year and yet most of what is there became true.
  • I wrote it in the beginning of 2015 when I was not as confident as I am now, but I wrote it as I had already beaten self-doubt and I believe that’s the key to make things happen. As we can find in the Law of Attraction concept.

This was such a great experience and I’m doing it again this year. Hope you feel inspired to do it, too.


May you experience a lot of happy moments this year.
Hope you have an amazing creative day.
siggie

First week of 30 days of green smoothies challenge

Hey, there!

My one word for the year is EXPERIENCE. What I aim for 2016 is practical contact, physical movement, action. There is nothing more terrifying to me than the thought of being inert, not learning new things, not meeting new people, not trying new tastes, not doing what I love, not loving my life. How much of action do I miss by keeping everything in my mind, only dreaming or reflecting? This year, I want to keep on dreaming and reflecting while learning to take action towards what matters to me.

This is a serie of posts about my experiences in 2016.

One of my dreams is to become a family of 5. When we decided to live together I told myself I wanted to have 3 children. I was raised among a lot of aunts, uncles and cousins and I didn’t feel good about the fact that my daughter has only 1 aunt in my side of the family which is our closest family and relatives.

However, life just got in the way.
Lots of things happened and I didn’t feel ready to have more babies.

I didn’t feel prepared in many ways. But now, I believe I’ll be a better mother because I’m more mature as a woman/mother, we’re learning how to manage money better and I’m working from home what gives me the opportunity to be present in my childrens’ lives. And that became a good motivation to take care of my health, the last but also crucial thing to get prepared for pregnancy.

I’ve been struggling with obesity since my daughter was born. Actually I was overweighted when I got pregnant… which was not a good start. I had good moments in the last 11 years regarding weight loss, however all the pounds lost I put on again – too much anxiety and emotional rollercoaster as I was always dealing with depression (there’s a post about how I got out of depression coming this week).  I needed the break from everything going on in my life in 2015 to get in touch with my soul and heart.

All the self improvement search helped me become the person I am now and I feel ready to start my journey to a health pregnancy and motherhood.

One very important thing I learned about myself is that I feel overwhelmed easily, so I have to take babysteps and do things in my pace, no pressure. So, I decided the changes I’m making are life style changes. I’m not focused on losing weight, I’m focused on becoming a healthy person and inspire my family to do the same.

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I believe in the law of attraction, everything is influenced by energy. At the moment I decided I’m getting prepared for pregnancy the universe started conspiring in my behalf. That’s how Simple Green Smoothies stepped into my life. I don’t even remember how it happened, but I learned about them and decided to take the 30 days challenge.

Babysteps, remember? No radical diet and hard steps to follow. Something simple as 1 or 2 green smoothies a day and I thought “That’s it! That will be the first step.”

And it has been amazing so far. I started on the 11th and didn’t skip one day. Actually this week I decided to increase from 1 to 2 servings a day. I feel more energyzed and disposed to do daily tasks and…

…my mood?
Oh… that’s the best part!

I’ve been in a good mood everyday which is super rewarding because I used to have so many ups and downs along the week and that takes all my energy/productivity.

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Here’s week 1. There’s one day missing because I forgot to take a pic on Friday.

Follow my progress: @danimalencar.

I highly reccomend Simple Green Smoothies because they are very kind, supportive and inspiring. As I enrolled for the 30 days challenge I got their kit of recipe cards for free. Yay! Super practical. And if you would like to take the challenge. I don’t believe you can do it officially anymore, but the most important is commiting to yourself. So, DON’T WAIT! Take me as an example, the challenge started on the 1st of January and I only started on the 11th. Not a big deal.

It’s about progress not perfection.


May you experience a lot of happy moments this year.
Hope you have an amazing creative day.
siggie

A new addiction: Bullet Journal

Hey, there!

My one word for the year is EXPERIENCE. What I aim for 2016 is practical contact, physical movement, action. There is nothing more terrifying to me than the thought of being inert, not learning new things, not meeting new people, not trying new tastes, not doing what I love, not loving my life. How much of action do I miss by keeping everything in my mind, only dreaming or reflecting? This year, I want to keep on dreaming and reflecting while learning to take action towards what matters to me.

This is a serie of posts about my experiences in 2016.

I’m not naturally organized, I have to work hard to have things done and to get motivated to do what is necessary and at the end I don’t have all done as often as I’d like to. It’s not simple as I do things because they have to be done for me. My mother is the kind of person who is very productive and it seems to be so easy for her, it’s her nature. Can you imagine how frustrating it’s been for me all these years as a mother and wife? I just can’t take care of all the family/work stuff without feeling overwhelmed and stressed. And then I wonder what’s the mater with me.

When I decided to work part time and dedicate my day hours to JB Studio while looking after my daughter’s performance at the new school last year, I started trying all kinds of planners I found online. I think about four worked for weeks before being abandoned on my desk while others were only time consuming to set and never used.

First thing I did towards planners and organizers in 2016 was creating my own pack of printable sheets. To make it flexible, I created only the pages I would use in January and the idea is to create others as the year unfolds and I have the need. You can see and order the pack at Gotta Pixel and Gingerscraps.

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And then my printer stopped working and I couldn’t get my planner sheets set and something unexpected happened. During my searches for planning ideas and goal setting tips for 2016, I came accross Bullet Journal.

I’m totally in love.

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I mentioned one of my big dreams in this post. Another dream I have is to know how to design beautiful pieces of handlettering and doodles, for that I need a lot of practice. When I saw the perfect mix of planning the year, journaling, handlettering and doodling… I was blown away… I spent a night browsing #planwithmechallenge at Instagram and reading blogs about it, getting in touch with the approach to understand its meaning. And yes, I love it because…

…it it’s flexible and creative. 

It really is. I can do whatever I want, I can change things as I go. I can doodle, I can write and I can finally have all notes in one place.

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But… and here comes a big but…

I want to make things simple, take a day at a time, a goal at a time, an experience at a time. I don’t want to start lots of things and then get overwhelmed and never finish them. So I stepped back for a moment and thought about how that could fit into my life right now. These is the conversation I had with myself:

  1. Does it reflect what’s within you?
    Yes. Because it’s flexible and I can express myself through words and doodling. And I’m a paper person more than digital when it’s about my plans and goals. 
  2. Does it meet your needs now?
    Yes. Because I need a place for all my notes. I keep taking notes everywhere and miss them, miss deadlines, miss inspiration notes, miss lists of books I would like to read, etc. 
  3. Does it lead you toward your goals & dreams in 2016?
    I think it can help me plan, get motivation and keep track of the experiences and changes of my life this year. However I think it may be time consuming and probably a little bit stressing if I try to doodle and practice handlettering. 
  4. How can you adapt it to meet your needs and yet keep it simple?
    . I will use it to journal my reflections and gratitude
    . I will take notes of webinars, insights, seminars, podcasts, books, etc. so I can always have them at hand
    . I will doodle when I have some inspiration
    . I will create lists (because I can’t live without them!)
    . I will focus on the writing, so this is gonna be secondary as a creative outlet and will be seen as a way of being organized and sticking to my experiences and adventures. 

And that’s how I got to the planner I’m experimenting now. It’s a mix of planner and bullet journal that I’ll try to make work for me. I’ll share more on how I’m using it and what’s working for me in the future.

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What about you? Do you have a system that works for you? Are you looking for something that fits your life style? Share your thoughts in the comments here.


May you experience a lot of happy moments this year.
Hope you have an amazing creative day.
siggie

My One Word in 2016: Experience

Hey, there!

Last year was contraditory in some ways because it was a rollercoaster of emotions, but very laidback physically. I mostly stayed home – didn’t visit many people, didn’t travel anywhere, didn’t go out very often. However, I took a ride into my soul and investigated my mind and heart which was a pretty exciting trip. I worked hard on developing my skills as a digiscrap designer and advertiser while growing JB Studio brand, it was tiring and challenging sometimes, but most of all it was happy, entirely opposite of teaching which I remained doing part time as an income complement. I didn’t work hard on that, but it was unhappy more often than happy. I was sort of absent as a wife since I was focusing on myself, but I was giving more of me when cooking healthier and having conversations from the bottom of my heart. I was more concious about my role as a mother and watched my daughter closer while she was turning into a tween in a new school, despite feeling like giving up when she was not open to listen or understand my intentions. I got closer to my parents and sister and that’s the only thing that is not contraditory, only good aspects about it.

I struggled with deep emotions,
but felt extremely grateful for it.

I moved forward into 2016 marked by all the searches and discoveries of myself, my beliefs and fears. Who I am today is shaped by what I lived last year and in the years before that. Recently, I was told that everything we are living now is a result of the energy we were vibrating in the past. So, if I want to predict my future I need to take a deep look at the energy I’m vibrating today. And that lesson played a huge role in my choice of word for 2016.

Some days ago, I chanced uppon Lily’s post about her word for the year and I believe this extract could’ve been written by me. She couldn’t be more correct about how I felt approaching the new year. I was super happy about all I accomplished in 2015, but I was also feeling super overwhelmed by all my expectations of changes.

There are dozens of ways I’d like to change, but when I think of all the things I need to do better I don’t feel inspired to step into a new year – I feel too overwhelmed to even know where to start. I need to eat better, to exercise more, to drink more water, to be less selfish, to love better, to make more time for writing, to travel, to explore, to learn a new language or skill, to be a better friend, to volunteer, to blog more consistently, to stop whining so much, to pray more, to be more organized.

That’s the reason why I decided to abandon my list of resolutions in 2016. I’ve been choosing one word for 3 years now but I also had a big list of resolutions every single year. I decided to try the idea of letting my word for this year lead me to what I should change, relying on my intuition.

One of the biggest changes I made in 2015 was listening and relying on my intuition. I was told so many times that I should listen to it because it would lead me to where I wanted to go and who I wanted to be, but I was too afraid. Back in October of 2014, Einstein’s quote hit me and I determined that I was going to do things differently.

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I was feeling afraid? Yes, totally.
BUT I WAS DOING IT!

Now I have a stronger belief that when you determine something, it invariably happens. I’ve always believed that, but all I experienced in 2015 made me understand that in my heart, not only in my mind.

A new year always begs the question how did I spend my time last year and how do I intend to spend it this year? With that question in mind, I spent late November and early December of 2015 reflecting to get to this point: I don’t want to have resolutions for 2016. I don’t want to push me into a river of anxiety to end up in a castle of frustration and regret every time I slip off the path I chose. That doesn’t work for me anymore.

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And my word for 2016 is EXPERIENCE.

ex·pe·ri·ence (ˌikˈspirēəns/) noun
practical contact with and observation of facts or events.
As I mentioned, 2015 was a rollercoaster of emotions. I was very focused on connecting with myself mentally, but very laidback physically. What I aim for 2016 is practical contact, physical movement, action.

There is nothing more terrifying to me than the thought of being inert, not learning new things, not meeting new people, not trying new tastes, not doing what I love, not loving my life. How much of action do I miss by keeping everything in my mind, only dreaming or reflecting? This year, I want to keep on dreaming and reflecting while learning to take action towards what matters to me.

I am setting my intention this year on passing through experiences my intuition leads me to. I will choose not to fear the path it tells to be the right one for me. I want to to see the extraordinary wrapped up in big events or small everyday motions.

What about you? Have you chosen One Word for 2016, leave a comment below and share what you chose and what it means to you. 


May you experience a lot of happy moments this year.
Hope you have an amazing creative day.
siggie