When I first discovered Leonie Dawson’s Planner I became enchanted with the idea of picking a Word of the Year. A word to represent what I want to do/feel/be for the year. It feels like a way to add purpose and direction to something that we usually just react to. Picking a Word-of-the-Year is less stringent than a New Year’s Resolution and it allows you to go with the flow without feeling like a failure because you aren’t doing the specific things you said you were going to do. It’s about honoring a concept and inviting that into your life.
It gives you the opportunity to constantly check in during the year and ask yourself if the path you’re on is leading you closer to that word or farther away from it – and to correct course if need be. Think about that word and then all of the actions you can take in your life that connect to that word.
I’ve been picking a word of the year for six years now and while I may not always embody it to the extent that I wish (Soiler alert: 2016 was an epic fail for me) – it does always teach me something beautiful. Surrender (2012), Shine (2013), Strength (2014), Depth (2015), Mend (2016).