My Word for 2020: Compassion

Penny and I being so cool on New Year’s Eve!

Happy New Year! It is really crazy for me to wrap my head around the fact that it is 2020. When I was young I sat down and figured out when I could legally run for President of the United States. When I realized that i would be 35 in an election year I was all about that business. I made business cards announcing my candidacy with the slogan: Erica is the clear choice in 2020!

Well 2020 is here and I wanted to take this moment to announce my candidacy for President of the United States.

Joke!

Nine year old me would be rather disappointed in my lack of political aspirations. Maybe one day!

Enough of a trip down memory lane, its time to deal with what is actually happening in 2020.

I used to be a new year’s resolution person. I would sent goals, Do OK and then that was that. Nothing much changed and I can’t recall a resolution that I made in the past.

About five years ago I decided to

To change things up. I read or heard this idea about choosing a word that you want to live into for the upcoming year. Words that I have chosen in the past are Love, Freedom, and Reduce. The year was my word I met my husband (crazy and not the point!) In 2019 my word was Reduce and I was focused on reducing my plastic intake and impact on the world. I can share more of what I did in this arena here later.

This year I am choosing the word Compassion. I want to grow in my love, understanding, and action motivated by these things towards myself, others, and my world.

One of the ways I plan to do this is by going all in and living a vegan lifestyle. I have been mostly plant based for some time and It is just time to eat all the plants and help others learn why this is the most important way to live. As the Vegan Society says, “Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.” Living a life that is aimed at reducing cruelty and exploration seems like a wonderful place to grow in compassion

I plan to try a different theme each month that relates to Compassion. I am starting January with a bit of self-compassion which I will explain more tomorrow.

I hope to use this space to keep myself accountable, share what I have learned along the way, and remember to live a compassionate lifestyle.

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