My Word for the Year: 2017

Bamboo Forest Illumination in Kyoto, Japan

It’s a new year, My Lovelies, and you know what that means.  Time to pick a new word to represent 2017.  This time, I had a little trouble choosing.  A lot of words hold special meaning for me these days, some of them challenging, others encouraging.  But ultimately, I realized I needed something dynamic and fun.  Something that would get me excited to jump out of bed every morning and start the day.  Something that would give me hope in a very complex world.

So without further ado, my word for the year is…

MAGIC

 

And here are some quotes to express exactly what magic means to me.

“You can’t tame the spirit of someone who has magic in their veins.” –unknown

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” –Roald Dahl

“Magic is believing in yourself.  If you can do that, you can make anything happen.” –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Words and magic were in the beginning one and the same thing and even today words retain much of their magical power.” –Sigmund Freud

“Love is the closest thing we have to magic.” — from Aquamarine (movie)

“It’s important to remember that we all have magic inside us.” — J. K. Rowling

“Magic is something you make.” –unknown

“Look for magic in daily routine.”  –Lou Barlow

“By choosing to be our most authentic and loving self, we leave a trail of magic everywhere we go.”  –Emmanuel Dagher

I hope you will find ways in the coming year to invite magic into your life.  And don’t forget to come up with your own word for the year!

Check out the list of my past words here.

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My Word for the Year: 2016

Happy new year!  It’s that time again.  No, not resolutions.  We have enough of those to keep us occupied and sometimes frazzled and guilt-ridden.  What I’m talking about is something that sets the tone for your year.  One word to inspire, motivate, and sometimes even surprise you.

Here’s a list of my past words:

2013: possibilities

2014: confidence

2015: change

It’s amazing how a single word can create an entire mindset for the year. I started out with something really open and positive and then moved towards words that would challenge me and help me grow, sometimes in ways that were not always comfortable.

My husband has also enjoyed choosing a word for himself each year.  Since he just graduated with two master’s degrees while working full-time, he decided his word for this year should be: reignite.  As in, he wants to reignite his hobbies, exercise routine, and friendships.  Sounds perfect!

As for me, I’m taking a different track this year.  My word is…

Miracles

To get me started, I’m going to focus on some mantras related to this word.  Two of them come from one of my favorite meditation CDs, Meditation Moment.

“I open myself up to miracles both large and small.”

“Miracles happen every day.”

The third mantra is from SARK and can be used when you find you need a little help from the universe.  Fill in the blank below with whatever you need.  I especially like to use this one when I’m trying to find a good parking spot 😉

“________ miracle find me now.”

(i.e. Parking miracle find me now.)

You’ll be amazed at the results of inviting miracles into your life.

But don’t stop there!  Come up with your own unique word for the year.  Something to excite you and get you all fired up.  A word that not only defines your entire year, but also each moment of each new day.

Go for it!

 

 

My word for the year 2014

It’s a new year and that means it’s time to make resolutions.  [groan]  I know, I know.  Life is stressful enough as it is without asking for one more thing from ourselves.  But we must.  It’s our only chance to grow and evolve.  And more importantly, it’s the best way to feel alive.  Still not convinced?

What if all you had to do was come up with a one word resolution?  Better yet, you don’t have to resolve to stop doing something or fix anything.  You can focus on a theme.  Something to strive for.  Something to be.

For example, my husband chose ENDURANCE as his word for the year.  As he continues to push on in pursuit of his MBA, this word will be very useful to him.  It’s a great word for staying the course and going the distance.  Think Field of Dreams.

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”  —  Andre Gide

 

I first heard about this idea from a friend last year.  She encouraged me to come up with one word for the year.  I chose POSSIBILITIES.  The funny thing is, the word kept coming up for me in mysterious ways.  It encouraged me to try new things and search for my voice and style.  To be open to new challenges and opportunities.  I entered contests, took several art classes, travelled, and networked like crazy!  I learned that life IS full of possibilities.

It’s hard to let go of 2013.  But I realize there is still more work to do.  This year I plan to build my platform, continue my submission process, find an agent/editor that is a perfect match for my style, and then get published!  Tall order.  How do I plan to accomplish this?  Quite simple.  I need CONFIDENCE.

Yes I said it.  Confidence is my word for the year.  I promise to have confidence in myself, my ability, and my resourcefulness.  Just saying the word gives me goosebumps.  The word actually terrifies me.  All the more reason to choose it.  I’m going to embrace this word and take it a step further.  I will have confidence in others and their ability to follow their own dreams.  I will have confidence that the world can change and become more peaceful.  Confidence inspires confidence.  It’s an attractive quality.  A gateway.  Think The Never-Ending Story.

“Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself and thus make yourself indispensable.”  —  Andre Gide

 

What word scares you the most?  Consider making that your word for the year!

Here are the most popular resolutions according to the U.S. government.

Check out The Happiness Project for some ideas on how to set the tone for the year with one single word.