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What Is Your Word?
In 2013, I was watching The Today Show. During the show, I saw a segment on New Year’s resolutions and picking a word of intention instead of a resolution. However, picking a resolution can be complicated. We vacillate around quitting a bad habit, adding good habits like losing weight or eating less sugar, finding more time for family, working harder, working less, spending less, saving money, and so on.
Then there is the pressure of sticking to a resolution. HaveUHeard more than 50% of people make New Year’s resolutions and almost every study shows that around 80% of New Year’s resolutions get abandoned in February? I was one of those whose resolutions would often fail. It did not matter if my resolutions were based on self-improvement or health, money, or family. That would lead to a period of self-loathing for not sticking to my resolution.
Picking A Word
So when 2014 was coming around, a few of my friends and I decided we would pick a word for the year and we would mark it by getting a bracelet from MyIntent. Word choices can be based on overcoming a challenge or pursuing a goal. It could be about a passion you want to explore, something you want to let go of or improve upon.
When I picked my word that year, it was based on my needing to find direction in my life. I was feeling stuck and confused. My word that year was clarity. Putting ideas, questions, and thoughts out into the universe can be complicated. You may be manifesting a specific outcome based on your word or thoughts but the universe may return something completely different. That year, my life was forever altered. To say I got clarity is an understatement. From that year on, I came to the understanding that whatever word I choose, no matter how I may envision the outcome, may bring me something completely different.
Some years, picking a word comes easy. Other years I really struggled with coming up with a word. Last year (2020), my word was nourish. I wanted to continue to nourish my body in a healthy way and I wanted to nourish my mind; more in the way of doing everything that was mentally necessary to have strong mental health emotionally and psychologically. 2020 certainly tested my mental stability, much like everyone else’s. In many ways, although the year was filled with stress, anxiety, feelings of helplessness, and isolation, it was also filled with self-reflection, strength, open-mindedness, awareness, more time with family and a few friends who committed to keeping our pod safe.
What About 2021
For 2021, I feel like my word should reflect needing to move forward from 2020. (Don’t many of us feel that way?). My initial word list included balance, calmness, and peace. For personal reasons, I was searching for silence and stillness for personal reasons. I spent many days reflecting on which word to choose. I looked at My Intent for inspiration as well as a few other IG pages including Heather Stillufsen.
Photo by Heather Stillufsen IG
Every day I took some time to focus on possible words. That is when the word came to me… Harmony. It encompasses everything I need … calm, peace, balance, stillness, and a feeling of being tuned with the world (I’d pretty much disconnected to maintain my sanity).
In conclusion, having harmony in my life will be my focus for 2021 and serve as a guide for how I choose to live life.
Do you choose a “word of the year”? I’d love to hear yours and why you chose it. Leave me a comment or feel free to email me if you’d prefer.