Subtle hints are always around us if we listen. Lessons to be learned, moments to pay attention to. This week, I’ve come across several blog posts or had in-person discussions involving a reoccurring word: resilience.

Taking a step back, this is EXACTLY what I need to focus on this year.

What is resilience?

According to Merriam-Webster:

noun re·sil·ience ri-ˈzil-yən(t)s
: the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens
: the ability of something to return to its original shape after it has been pulled, stretched, pressed, bent, etc.

Ah, getting through pregnancy and returning to “yourself” again is a sure sign of resilience. I did it once before, and to be honest, I daydream about getting the process started again and achieving even more than I did last time. Looking back, I was resilient; I didn’t give up. Shocker! My body went almost back to normal after all the pulling, stretching, and stress.

I stood back up stronger after falling down hard for almost a whole year after. This time, I’m ready for it and ready to get started picking back up the pieces.

Putting pregnancy aside, I’ve had to be very resilient this year. I’ve gone through a few bad experiences in the past twelve months, looking back wondering how I even made it through, and in the process, I’ve managed to become stronger, more successful, and hopefully more healthy after each successive downfall.

When you’re feeling down and crap is falling apart all around you, remember resilience. Stand up, get back to work, and push yourself harder no matter how far you’ve fallen. You’ll be surprised at the results, and at how much stronger you really are when it boils down.

We need to be resilient to reach our goals and live our passions in so many aspects of life.

My word this year, while choosing it half-way through, is resilience.

– kate –