As in past years… I spend a part of December choosing my word for the next year. For quite a few years now I have chose to this as opposed to a New Years resolution. I make a big deal out of choosing my word making sure it is something I will carry with me for a whole year and utilize and apply to my life. Some years the word just falls into my lap… other times (like in 2018) I find I feel I have to work at it.
2018: I chose EXPERIENCE. I wanted to experience new things and really get out and live. I think I did… I took on a new position as a Marketing Director, I took part in Ragbrai and biked 7 days across Iowa, I made some very scary choices in my life and came out the other side – better for it.
2017: SHINE. Shine is probably my favorite word I have used and if people can have a life word (and I believe they can…. mine is SHINE. 2017 was a year of renewal. A year I made choices to live and do and make a difference. In 2017 I felt as thought the world was cheering me on and I came out of the darkness.
2016: COURAGE. This was a hard year but a productive one. I moved forward with a shadow hanging over me. I was scared of the world and of what my life now meant. COURAGE was used often when I made choices to stay ahead of the darkness. To find my way out and say yes to things when I would have much rather hid away.
2015: EMERGE. Emerge started out meaning one thing and by April meant something completely different after the tragedy of this year. It was a hard year… and a hard word. In the end… I was different.. but I did emerge.
2014: EMBRACE. Where it all began.
2019 has been a bit of a thoughtful process. For a while I thought it was going to be PRESENT but I honestly didn’t love it. Being present is definitely something I am working on, yes I didn’t feel it reached every corner of my life like I want a word to do so I searched on. Today, I wrote down what my goals were for 2019 regarding:
Then I looked at the words I wrote for each of these and while one word didn’t come out on paper… it did bring one my mind. In each area I felt I needed to dig in more – put a little more of what makes me – well. me. I thought about this last year of experience. Of the job(s) that I took on and how this altered my life in good ways.. but altered all the same. Some life things happened this year as well that made me stronger, but also more cautious… and I really thought about what people in my circles say about me or use to describe me (energetic, creative, outgoing, adventurous, funny, honest, strong, unique) and I began to wonder if that was all still true and how much I hope it is.
That all said… my 2019 is SPARK. I want to spark in all I do… if I can create that spark… I think the fire of all within me will catch again – in good and positive ways. I am hopeful that living that way – I can create sparks in others.
Oh, and PS… I believe we can have a life word as well. Mine, is SHINE. My best word.
I hope you will consider choosing your own word for 2019. If you do – I would love to hear what is in the comments. Looking for some words to stimulate ideas for yours? Here is a great list.