My Word for 2017

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I decided a while ago what my word for 2017 would be… Identity.

Identity to me is made up of a few parts. It isn’t set in stone, it isn’t stagnant, it isn’t binary, it isn’t black and white. Instead, identity is multidimensional, ever changing, public & private, on a spectrum. It asks you to look, stop, reflect & know who you are.

I believe you can lose your identity if you stop pursuing it. It’s something that lives deep inside of you and produces an aura around you; it’s always present. Identity holds the markings of your past and the key to your future. And at its center are your truths.

i•den•ti•ty
noun

the fact of being who or what a person or thing is

a close similarity or affinity

In 2017, I want to pursue my identity with passion, not longing. I want to stare my identity down and own it. I want to edit my identity. Curate it.

While pursuing health & happiness in 2016, I was dealt a hand that was hard — so hard I could barely look past my every day for half the year. I had to meet my most basic needs. While doing so, I failed to cultivate a deeper understanding of my identity. I actually lost my identity and didn’t have the strength to search for it. But I fought my way back to a life of health & happiness by the end of 2016, putting me in a great position for 2017.

The Many Dimensions of Identity

I defined some dimensions of identity that I want to focus on in 2017. Each month, as I set goals, I’ll be using these overarching dimensions (and their associated goals) to help guide me.

  • Physical- Get back to my pre-divorce weight
  • Spiritual- Start a yoga practice
  • Sexual- Take boudoir photos
  • Familial- Digitize physical mementos
  • Local- Join and be active in a club or meet-up group
  • Occupational- Get a UX job with growth potential DONE ✅
  • Relational- Invest in Brian <– My private journal has this as “Marry Brian” & as of April 2017, we’re engaged! ✅
  • Personal- Journal weekly at a minimum
  • Mental- Write about + study bipolar
  • Social- Donate monthly to a charity DONE ✅
  • Financial- Save $5,000 and pay off all my credit cards
  • Residential- Have a comfortable guest room
  • Emotional- Read a memoir monthly
  • Dimensional- Explore a UX problem monthly <– This turned into Year of UX ✅
  • Global- Travel to Europe (DONE) ✅ , Canada and Mexico

These multiple dimensions together form an identity web, which I’ve dubbed my identity galaxy. I’ve created a whole theory around a multidimensional identity galaxy — The Amy Galaxy — and will share about that later this week.

I’m looking forward to curating and owning my identity in 2017! As I have since 2011 (!!!), I’ll continue to share my journey here on this blog.

Words from the past