New year’s resolutions have never worked for me — in fact, I don’t know if they’ve ever really worked for anyone. They always sound like a list of rules that I know I will break. I’m not great with structure and schedules so it makes sense a list of
rules resolutions would make me feel trapped. I need more s p a c e. I want to be inspired not instructed.
Choosing a word as a guiding light for the new year works for me because it feels so much more expansive. A word can be embraced as a mantra, a meditation, a reminder, a promise. A word can be interpreted in different ways. A word can’t be “broken” — it feels gentler somehow.
In the eight years I’ve been choosing a word for the year, my life has certainly changed for the better. Some of my previous words proved to be wildly empowering — BRAVE, EXPAND and OPEN were all dynamically useful words that helped me create change in my life. Other words have been less helpful: COMPASSION, for example, was a bit of a cop-out in 2011. Last year’s word was NOURISH and it was the most supportive and nourishing — pun intended — word I’ve chosen so far. This year I’ve danced with LOVE and now I look back I see it was exactly the word I needed to navigate all this year has thrown at me.
The more I do this practice the more I understand why it’s such a valuable thing to do each year. I also know that sometimes we need a hand uncovering our just-right word, so I created Find Your Word to help you find YOUR word for 2017.
Find Your Word is a FREE 5-day email class to help you figure out your word for the coming year.
Here’s what you’ll get:
— Five inspiring emails over 5 days
— Gorgeous pdf printables
— A downloadable MP3 visualisation
— A private Facebook group where we can brainstorm together, share our words and get some accountability as we head into the new year
Simply enter your email address into the box below to get started today xo