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Believe – My Word of the Year for 2018

What is a Word of the Year and Why do you need one?

If you’ve never heard of choosing a word of the year let me tell you how it’s worked in my life.

I chose my first word of the year in 2016.  That word was FOCUS.  Focus did just that.  It reminded me I needed to FOCUS!  I was having a terrible time with shining object syndrome.  I would go from project to project never completing anything.  Focus is a hard word to have or maybe it’s just that I was so unfocused it seemed like a hard year.  I still have a little FOCUS post it on my desk to remind me.

In 2017 I decided I wanted to be creative so I chose CREATE for my word of the year.  Every time I sat down to do something it reminded me I needed to be creative and Create!  I dabbled in art journaling and creative visual journaling.  I rediscovered my love of fun stickers.  I took up my pencil and started drawing again.  I tried new techniques and let myself experiment and create.  I found my joy again in being creative.

By concentrating on being focused for a year and creative for a year I can now move forward in 2018 still being creative and focused but also working on my new challenge.

So what’s my new challenge?Word of the Year 2018

My new challenge is to Embrace Faith and Release Fear.  I don’t know about you but fear keeps me from doing a lot of things I want to do.

I was reading The Game of Life and How to Play It by Florence Scovel Shinn.  She said something that really stuck with me.  She said, “…we must substitute faith for fear, for fear is only inverted faith;  it is faith in evil instead of good.”

That really stayed with me so I decided if I wanted to Embrace Faith and Release Fear what I really needed to do was to BELIEVE.  So that’s my word of the year for 2018.  My reminder to myself of what I want to accomplish.

Now that you know my story and how my words of the year worked in my life, what about you?  Have you chosen a word for 2018?

Here’s some suggestions that might help you:

Choose a word that will remind you of your goals.

What are your goals for 2018?  If you’ve set some big scary goals for 2018 what word will help you keep focused?  What word will help you stay on track and remind you of what you decided you want to do in 2018?

Choose a word that will help you improve an area in your life.

What areas of your life aren’t working as well as you would like them to?  Is there an area that you need to focus on for 2018?  Do you need to focus on your family, your health, or your wealth?  Where do you need to add energy and increase activity?

Choose a word that will remind you of how you want to feel this year.

How do you want to feel in 2018?  Do you want to feel excited, happy or joyful?  What feelings do you want more of in your life?

Choose a word that reminds you of how you want to show up in life for 2018.

What do you want to add to or practice in your life?  Do you want to show gratitude or be generous?  Do you want to show charity or be patient?

If you’re still feeling stuck and need another resource:

Christine Kane put together the Word-of-the -Year Discovery Tool.  It’s a really great workbook that will help you with brainstorming your word of the year.

So what should you do once you have chosen your word of the year?

I tell you what I’ve done with mine in this video:

 

And The Reset Girl put together a really great Late Night Crafty Club video last year all about different ways to include your word of the year in your life.

 

I hope this has helped you set your intentions for 2018.  Let me know what you chose for your word of the year in the comments below or on Youtube.

Thank you for participating in my life journey.

Talk to you soon.

Rebecca

 

Why Not You?

You see someone doing something awesome and cool and you think “I wish I could do that.”  

Why Not You?  Why can’t you do that?

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So many people limit themselves.  They look at a car and think I can’t afford that.  They hear about a vacation trip and think I could never take that much time off of work.  But why not you?  Why Can’t You do it?

You need to change your thinking.  You need to start thinking.  I would love to own that car.  My family would love to go on that vacation.  HOW can I make it happen?  What changes can you make to your life today that could make that possible?

No one is smarter than you.  No one is more creative than you.  No one deserves it more than you.  So figure it out.  Come up with a plan.

You might have to work years before you can make it happen.  But if you don’t have the will.  You don’t have the desire.  You will never get anywhere but where you are today.  No one is an overnight success.  Most people don’t see the hours and years of work they put in before they made it big.

And speaking of big, your dreams are your own.  You don’t have to aspire to a huge mansion.  Your dream might be a country cottage.  You don’t have to aspire to fancy cars you might want a rugged jeep.  But figure out what it is that you want.  Because you can have it.    

Just think.  If you come up with a plan of action.  If you put in the work so you could buy the new car or pay for the dream vacation.  What else could you do if you put your mind to it?  You may have even bigger dreams.  

You are only limited by your imagination.

Find your destination.  Change your life.  I dare you!  

Why not you?  

Tell me your dream in the comments below.

Blog Post Bounty

Do you recognize when abundance is being poured on you?

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Yesterday I received what I am calling Blog Post Bounty.  About six am Saturday morning I was puttering around getting ready for my day.  I hadn’t planned on working on my blog.  My plan was to start a deep clean on my kitchen.  I had a blog post idea come to mind.  So I sat down and wrote it down in a tablet I keep by my bedside.  And then I had another idea and another idea.  I just kept writing them down.  I didn’t pull out my computer to write a post I just captured the ideas.  

 

bountyWhile I was eating breakfast a little later I had the thought, “I just received blog post bounty!”  I didn’t know what to do with the idea at the time so I just captured that one phrase.  

I guess it had time to percolate over night.  

When I was starting my day this morning I wondered if anyone else received abundance or overwhelming bounty in their lives.  

Do you receive overwhelming bounty or abundance in your life?

How do you recognize this event?

I guess a writer would say their muse has visited.  As you go through your days inputting information your brain unconsciously applies that knowledge to whatever you are working on or thinking about.  

At one point I decided to cut my hair.  All of a sudden I saw cute short haircuts everywhere.  

Your brain has to filter what you actually pay attention to.  There is so much information you can’t notice everything.  Your brain makes you aware of anything pertinent to what you are currently working on, even if it’s just a haircut.

If you find yourself in a situation of bounty be aware and thankful for the wonderful gift you have received.  Capture the ideas and use them to the best of your ability.  

I am not capturing the ideas like a hoarder thinking I will never get ideas this great again.  No I am capturing ideas so I can mold them and release them to share with the world.  

The best way to assure you have more bounty and abundance in your life is to share what you have with the world.  

So go forth and share what you have been given.  That’s why it was given to you!

What gifts of bounty and abundance have been given to you?

Let me know in the comments below.