This Year I Will “Release”

Why I picked this word for this year’s intention

Two bunches of multi-colored balloons released in the sky.
Photo by Ankush Minda on Unsplash

My writers group asked its members to pick a word, or intention, going into 2021. One word. Only one. Yikes.

I don’t usually do annual themes, mantras, or affirmations. They always feel a bit cheesy to me. Hokey. And my “Tigger brain” gets distracted — I forget what I picked an hour after I made my selection. Now that I’m typing this out, I realize the fact that I can’t remember my mantras is probably why I need to do them. Hmmmm. I sense another post topic brewing.

Back to my 2021 word. I’m a rule-follower and strive to be a good student. If my guru asks me to do something, I do it. So, here I am, picking my word, so I can earn my gold star for the day.

I brainstormed about 20 words to get my creative juices flowing.

Journal Entries — Image by author

Since my handwriting isn’t the best (sorry, Sister Barbara Mary), here’s the list:

  • Let go
  • release
  • forgive
  • build
  • explore
  • try
  • stretch
  • reflect
  • flex
  • shed
  • learn
  • center
  • accept
  • plan
  • organize
  • direct
  • focus
  • understand
  • breathe

I want to let go of my tightly held identities and focus on growth — personal and professional — this year. In order to do this, I need release my old habits, fear-based decision making, and ego-centric behavior.

So, I picked Release.

Here’s what that word means to me right now:

  • Release the past
  • Release fears
  • Release regret
  • Release anger
  • Release my words and tell my stories
  • Release expectations

What’s your 2021 word?

Here’s my simple 15-minute after-work routine that helps me continually improve.

Adrienne Parkhurst writes about leadership, management, parenting, and life. She dabbles in poetry.

I’m passionate about personal and professional leadership. I write about lessons learned from managing teams (and myself) for 20+ years.

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