On fresh starts… January 10, 2018 by Jamie WestermanThis year, open your heart and mind. Well my word for the new year has been chosen. It wasn’t easy. There are some amazing words out there. And to make it harder, I had my direct sales team send me their words. With each one I thought, “ooooooo that one!” I love them all. Unstoppable Inspire Grace Meaningful Uplifting Believe Determined Present Fearless These are spectacular words to live life by. If I could be gracefully unstoppable this year while believing in myself, uplifting others, and creating meaningful moments I might just rule the world! Or at least my world. So, you can see my struggle to pick just one LIFE-CHANGING word is real. I brainstormed, I made lists, I googled, I made thesaurus.com my best friend. When I chose “gratitude” last year as my word, it came so easily. It was so impactful, choosing THE word this year came with some pressure. Our brains work in mysterious ways though and drifting off to sleep on New Year’s Eve it came to me. Open. This year I will be open. Sounds simple enough. But I woke the next morning thinking, what does that mean? I feel open. Or at least I am MORE open. Ok, go back. I WAS open, wide open until my mid-teens, when judgement and self-doubt started slowly seeping in. THAT was open. I laughed, I was vulnerable, I didn’t feel shame about who I was. If I use that as my benchmark for openness, I may have a ways to go. Shit. I HAVE made progress in opening my heart since my divorce, I mean that thing was a fortress for a long time. I HAVE opened my mind to new ideas, to things I never thought I would do, to my worth, to my potential. BUT. This is a big BUT. My heart and mind apparently both know I have just tip-toed into this territory. There is a reason my subconscious mind brought this word to me, and I am going to be completely open to that reason (which I have yet to figure out … but I’m trusting this year will bring me the answers). This year I am committing to being vulnerable enough to accept this word, “open,” as MY word. I may not have wrapped my head around what that means yet. But I do know I will be open to possibility, to receiving, to options. I will be open to people, to experiences, to my own awesomeness. I will feel exposed sometimes. I will more than likely get confused. I suspect the people around me will raise their eyebrows to my crazy this year (this won’t be the first time). BUT through it all, I WILL BE open. My heart, my mind, and my spirit will be open to it all, and looking forward without expectation, but with confidence and hope.