Hey, hey friends!
I’m so excited to chat with you a bit on the idea of a word of the year and my process behind that, but before we dive in, first things first:
2017 is nearly gone, what in the ACTUAL hey-now?!
I’m one of those geeking out over the goals, dreams and fresh possibilities people. Excited for new opportunities, and what a new year represents.
I’m not, however, so much a fan of new years resolutions. Maybe somewhat symantics, but resolutions focus more on the past, on what has been (and typically a whole lot of what wasn’t) and I feel like can get pretty shame-spiral real quick.
I prefer to focus on the new, the potential. The good and the worth-it.
One of the things I have so loved doing the past 3 years is having a word of the year. A stake in the sand, a marker of what I want to circle back to when I lose my head and my priorities get skewed.
Reflecting back on previous years can be so therapeautic and for me, I love to remember where I’ve been.
2015 my word was Imagine. A hard, lonely year, I needed to focus on what could be, more than what was.
2016 my word was Invest. Many things in my life were taking a turn in new directions and I needed to keep pushing forward.
There are many ways to come to a word of the year, but these are some of my favorite steps:
- I pray and ask the Lord to give me a word. This can look like the still, small whisper of His voice, having a re-occuring thought of a word or even having a word show up repeatedly in your life like you just can’t escape it.
- I like to think about where I’ve been and where I want to be in this upcoming year. Does that word align with that vision?
And then as far as living it out, I journal and look back on the word and my process of getting there. When I’m feeling discouraged, I go back to previous journal entries and focus on being grateful and having a heart of thankgiving as I remember all that God has done and all He continues to do in my life. I also reflect on lessons I’ve learned and how re-centering on that word of the year can help me cut out what doesn’t need to be there and possibly add something that does.
I dive more into my process of New Years’ word of the year, planning, goal-setting, etc. in my Facebook group, The Wholeness Hub. Click the link to add yourself for encouragement on holistic, healthy, wholehearted living with free classes and resources for you. https://www.facebook.com/groups/328050097666474/
Do you have a word of the year? What kinds of things do you do to prepare for the New Year?