Word of the Year
I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. I think if you’re going to commit to something, you should just commit to it now, instead of waiting for a whole new year to come. I prefer to set measurable goals throughout the year, and alter them as needed. In fact, I’m a pretty big goal setter and goal evaluator. That’s why I keep a journal, a paper calendar, and use a vision board. They help me make sure my daily actions align with my long term vision of how I would like to feel and what I want the future to look like.
About two years ago, I came across this blog post, where the author encouraged her readers to choose a word of the year instead of making a New Year’s resolution. This word should be written down and placed within sight for the whole year. The purpose of this activity is to bring more of that word into your life, and the process involves checking in with yourself regularly about how things are shifting and changing in support of that word.
My word for 2015 has been “MAGIC”. Why magic? I wanted more of that feeling from childhood, where everything was new and interesting, and you woke up not knowing how the day would unfold—but you knew it would be amazing! Life felt full of adventure and curiosity and new discoveries about the world!
Yeah. I wanted more of that.
A lot more of that.
I know the year isn’t over yet, but holy moly has there been magic: from spontaneous rambles through the woods, new friendships, birthing a business, teaching opportunities, finding my tribe, a deepened spirituality, art-making with brave women, new rituals, letting go…so much learning, so much discovery, so much adventure.
No, none of that just materialized on its own. Yes, I did the work and made that happen, but my actions were precipitated by two questions:
1. How can I bring some magic to today?
2. Is this going to bring me closer to our further away from having magic in my life?
The thing is, even though I’ve wanted more “magic” long before 2015 arrived, I wasn’t being intentional about the choices that would get me there. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned this year is that the magic was always there, waiting; and the only thing preventing me from experiencing it was myself.
There truly is something powerful about verbalizing what you want and writing it down.
I think it was Rumi who said, “What you seek is seeking you.” What do you need more of? What are you craving? I’ve given a list below of some examples of potential words. Don’t wait until the new year. Start today. Choose a word of the year, or month, or week—or even day. Think it, see it, wear it, say it. You may be surprised at the results.