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 by the end of January. They feel like a superficial fix to me. They feel bossy and rigid — I want to be inspired not instructed. Which is why I believe choosing a word as a guiding light for the new year works better 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 10+ 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, SEEN 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. NOURISH supported me through surgery in 2015 and the long recovery afterwards. In 2016 LOVE was the only possible word for a year that contained a life-changing family emergency. This year I’ve clung on to VITALITY in the Year That No One Saw Coming :-)
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 2021.
Find Your Word is a FREE 5-day email course 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 + an ebook of the whole course on the last day
— 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
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Hello! If we haven’t met before I’m Susannah. I’m an author, photographer and teacher who’s been sharing her heart online for over a decade (I know!). I help people know, trust and express themselves better by sharing the tools that helped me heal my own heart and live a self-directed life. My work is steeped in self-compassion, kindness and practicality and I share my own creative journey to inspire you on yours.
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