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.
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.