I have a strong affinity for the word “emerge.” My blog is called “She Emerges” after all. As a writer, I feel very drawn to its meaning. Because for writers, words are the pathway to our soul. We mingle with them over coffee. We dance with them while blasting iTunes. Heck, we even buy books about them and scour the internet for an abundance of words similar to ones we already love. (There’s never too much of a good thing.)
Words become somewhat of an obsession. And rightfully so, because they signify all things empowering and inspiring; allowing us to completely free ourselves from the weight and wonder fluttering within by voicing our thoughts with the world.
And for me, the one word that feeds the fire in my depths of my heart is “emerge.” It casts a light onto what I see in the future. What I see right now, and what others see in me.
Emerge has layers upon layers of significance. It means to rise, to become apparent; important. To move out or away from something and come into view. To manifest oneself, transpire; to come to light.
Don’t we all feel the need to emerge in some way or another?
As I rang in the New Year with heavy eyelids and my daughter shouting: “We made it! We stayed up until midnight,” I contemplated my New Year’s resolutions. But I was struggling a bit, to be honest. Not that I don’t want to accomplish more because I always do. I believe goals are the catalyst to making changes that enhance who we are. They are the diving board allowing us to leap forward and plunge into a new way of life. But this year, I wanted to make a change in a different way – I just wasn’t sure how?
As my mind began wandering in circles searching for the perfect answer it brought me back to my most favorite, utterly delicious word:
I’ve always considered the new year a sort of rebirth. The chance to fix things. An opportunity for self-improvement. But what if I focused on self-discovery? Just because I’m 43 doesn’t mean I’ve experienced everything, or even know of all the things that could fill my spirit.
So, why don’t I take this year to learn more about who I am?
Why not spend this time uncovering my true potential and becoming more aware of my character; bringing a new-found perspective to who I am as I continue growing in this phase of my life. I’ve spent the last 11 years focused on my family and career, and I wouldn’t change that for the world, but now maybe I can take a look inside and ask “What makes Nicole tick?” What deeply and profoundly makes me feel peaceful, challenged; invigorated?
Then it dawned on me, my resolution for the next 365 days is to begin a journey of emergence.
To enrich my life by immersing myself in new experiences, finding new passions, and living life as I’ve never know it…then showing the world who I’ve become. Even better, showing myself all that I can be.
I’m not sure what that will be, but it excites me. Yes, I’ll 100% be working out as hardcore as I can with a bad ankle and a little extra skin around my waist. Not to mention, I’ve already started cutting the carbs this week, but I’m going to add a little flavor to the rest of the year.
I’m going to delve into the unfamiliar.
This doesn’t mean I’ll just take a “wait and see what happens” approach. There will be some serious investigating, exploring, and whole lot of getting out of my comfort zone! (I’m quite the nervous nelly when it comes to new things, so this just may be the best resolution yet.) But life can look really good in a new light.
So here’s to 2017!
This year I want to emerge passionate, peaceful, and powerful. I want to find fulfillment in a holistic way; tapping into many undiscovered things that connect my mind, body and soul and allow them to transpire into a harmonious existence. To bring clarity to who I am, and succinctly blend all those beautiful elements together creating love and strength in my heart, and carry them forward each day throughout the year.
I’m not sure what to expect over the next 12 months, but one thing is for sure…our potential to become something more is limitless. Our dedication to anything in life allows us to grow, enabling others to see that sparkle from within radiating from our renewed spirit. So let life unfold.
How will you emerge in 2017?
Are you ready to dive into the New Year? Tell me your resolutions below!