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A Mindful New Year
It is that time of year. My closest friends choose an inspirational word or meaningful intention for their upcoming New Year. Their word is made into a bracelet of their choosing. The idea came from a 2013 Today Show piece on making resolutions. Resolutions can be complicated. People choose to give up, quit a bad habit, add good habits, be more present, and so on. Oftentimes, those resolutions are broken pretty early on in the year.
I love looking down at my wrist and having a daily reminder. Words of inspiration can be based on manifesting positivity, celebrating all life has to offer, pursuing a goal, moving forward, or living life to its fullest. They can also be based on overcoming a challenge or a passion you want to explore, let go or improve upon.
Words Have Power
In 2014, a few of my friends and I selected our own word for the year and had it made into a bracelet from MyIntent. My word that year was based on finding direction. I was feeling stuck and confused. Clarity popped into my mind. Manifesting ideas, questions, and thoughts out into the universe is complicated. You may visualize a specific outcome, but the universe may deliver a different outcome. That year, my life was forever altered. To say I got clarity is an understatement. From that year on, I understood the power of words.
What About 2023
Some years, picking a word comes easy. It’s about manifesting a desire and intention for the new year. Last year (2022), it was Pause. Pause before speaking, carefully gathering my thoughts. Pause my multitasking, as according to my adult kids, I suck at. And pause when the noise in my head gets too loud. That’s my signal to take deep breaths and regain my inner calm.
I love both My Intent and Little Words Project’s mission. The founders of both companies are very philanthropic raising money for good causes. LWP has a year-round initiative supporting causes they love. Each bracelet gives back 25% of net proceeds to a different nonprofit. I just bought their Be A Light bracelet . Twenty five percent of proceeds through Dec 26th supports the Jewish Federation of North America to address the rise in antisemitism. My Intent gives funds and raises awareness form their favorite causes. They collaborate with organizations that share similar beliefs for intentionality and impact.
For my 2023 word, I begin the process of manifesting my word in November. My intention for 2023 is to Imagine. Imagine the places I’ll go. And I imagine myself spending time learning new ways to express my creativity. Perhaps I will revisit the book I started to write in 2014. Of course, my putting this word into the universe does not mean that the universe won’t deliver in a way I would not have imagined (there’s that word again). But I am excited to replace my 2022 bracelet with my 2023 one.
How to Pick A Word
If you are searching for inspiration, look on MyIntent or Little Words Project and this list from Heather Stillufsen.
I find that giving this to my friends is the ideal gift with intention. They can either stay with MyIntent bracelets or go with Little Words Project. They make great gifts for birthdays, holidays, pretty much any occasion.
Do you choose a word? I’d love to hear yours and why you chose it. Leave me a comment, or email me if you’d prefer.
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