If you could choose one word to sum up what you’d like out of your year ahead, what would it be?
Maybe it’s a word that describes how you want to feel? Or something you wish to accomplish?
I’ve been choosing an annual theme word for the past few years. I usually just go with my gut instinct – whatever seems to be calling me.
Then I write it down and hang it somewhere visible, as a steady reminder. I also write it in my journal and put it on a sticky note next to my computer. I’ve sometimes made a bookmark featuring my word of the year which I transfer across to whatever I’m reading each month.
And you know what? I really think it makes a difference! Here are some examples.
One year I decided my word needed to be Simplify.
I recognised that I was over-complicating my life too often. I wanted to learn to how to KISS – ‘Keep It Simple Sista!’
By reminding myself over and over to keep things simple, I actually began to. That year I proved to myself that dropping perfection and taking the easy option was good for my state of mind. After a while, I felt noticeably liberated and free and this has continued to stick with me, several years later.
Two years ago I chose the word Connected.
I felt too connected to my iPhone and social media and wanted to disconnect from technology more and re-connect with whomever I’m with – including myself!
This ended up being the year I ignited my simple morning practice of waking up 20 minutes before the kids and spending time connecting to myself and the Universe by meditating and journal writing. I now wake up 30 minutes before the kids, which would have been unthinkable a couple of years ago when I was still telling the, ‘I’m not a morning person’ story.
Last year my word of the year was Balance.
My choice kind of surprised me at first. I mean, I’m the Queen of Balance and the whole premise of Project Me is based on the Project Me Life Wheel® and keeping a happy balance!
But I’d become aware that I was becoming a tad work obsessed. The Work petal on my Life Wheel was beginning to tip me in one direction and even though that wasn’t causing me any major problems yet, I knew all too well that the potential was there.
So with Balance as my new guiding word of the year, I began to pay more attention to this. It made me realise how often I was working through lunch and also listening to online business-related podcasts even at the gym or during my downtime.
It inspired me to start a new lunch break ritual of eating away from my desk – screen free. I deliberately made a practice out of reconnecting with my kids over a snack after school. And stopping what I was doing to physically connect with my husband for a kiss or a hug a lot more often.
It was a great word to choose last year and set me up with some new healthy habits.
Last year I also discovered the cool App WordSwag which lets you create a beautiful graphic out of your Word of the Year, like the ones I’ve done here!
I’ve set my WOTD as my iPhone lock screen image where I see it many times a day….
Last year I offered my Facebook followers their own graphic based on their word of the year. You can see their words and images here. Super inspiring!
I’m not sure I have the time to offer that up again this year, but you can create your own here by downloading the WordSwag App straight onto your phone from the App Store.
So, what’s my word this year?
It came to me during my morning meditation.
This is the year I want to push less and flow more.
I wanted to feel guided by my intuition and by the Universe. Be less in my head and more in my heart – feeling what I could be doing rather than over thinking things.
It also means letting things go and being more easy going.
Go with the flow!
Everything I want lives downstream, not upstream. Once I’m clear about what I want, I just need to let go, allow and flow towards what I desire. Doesn’t that sound nice?
Vinyasa Flow is also one of my very favourite types of yoga. I love how free-flowing and natural the movements are. Maybe I need to do more of this over the coming months too.
This picture beautifully captures my visual interpretation of how I want my life to flow this year.
So, what about you? Have a think about a word that describes how you want to feel or be this year. Ask yourself why you’re drawn to that word.
Once you’ve got your word, think what you can be doing more of (or less of) to live in alignment with your word-of-the-year. Make it your mantra. Put it somewhere you’ll see it often.
I’d love to hear your word of the year and why you chose it. Or if you’re stuck between two or more words, let’s hash it out together in the comments below.
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