Choose Your Word Of The Year
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 word of the year for the past few years. I just go with whatever seems to call 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 I make the lock screen on my phone.
And you know what? I really believe it makes a difference! Here are some examples from over the past few years. *2018 now added at the end!
In 2013 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.
In 2014 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.
My word of the year for 2015 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 and set me up with some healthy, long-lasting habits.
In 2016 my word was Flow.
It came to me during my morning meditation. I knew I wanted to push less and flow more, 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 meant 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.
This picture beautifully captures my visual interpretation of how I want my life to flow downstream.
My word of the year for 2017 started off as Intuition, but that soon morphed into more of a theme when I made this into my phone screen image:
Throughout 2017 I discovered more about energy and how to raise my vibrational frequency to connect to the Universe and Source Energy. I began to tune into my emotions more than ever and use them as an indicator of whether or not I was in vibrational alignment. My previous word of Flow became easier for me once I understood that all I need to do is be aware of how I’m feeling. And if I’m not feeling good, I’m not in flow and so the best thing I can do in that moment is stop pushing and striving and do anything that makes me feel good.
And now it’s 2018 and my word is… Open.
Open-minded, open-hearted, open to new possibilities and opportunities. Open to learning, open to experiencing. Opening my heart-chakra to give and receive love without fear of hurt or vulnerability . Opening my throat chakra and letting my authentic voice be heard. A wide open sense of eager anticipation for what’s to come. I’m so in love with my life that all I can be right now is open to receiving even more. I’ve experienced how living in vibrational connection to the Universe makes me feel guided and switched on and ALIVE and I’m open to all that 2018 has in store for me.
I had no idea why I was so drawn to this exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2015, but now I know. It was to be my future word of the year! Open in every language.
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. Use the cool App WordSwag which lets you create a beautiful graphic out of your Word of the Year like the ones I’ve done above. Save it as your phone lock screen.
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. (As this is a post I keep adding onto, maybe you’ll find your previous word in the comments if you left one!)
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