How to Choose Your Word of the Year + 175 Suggestions

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I’ve been picking a Word of the Year since 2012 and if you’ve got the Self-Love Planner then you’ve probably already chosen a word. I’ve always been big on new beginnings and I anxiously wait for the New Year because it’s fresh and shiny with no mistakes in it yet. Every year since I was a teenager I’ve made New Year’s Resolutions and I believe I failed at every single one of them. They were all your usual teenage resolutions – lose weight, make friends, become pretty and popular.

Choosing a word of the year actually coincided with discovering the concept of self-love.

It’s been a game changer. If you’d like to share your word and how you chose it, join our Facebook group, the SoulSisterhood.

These have been my “words”.

Surrender (2012)

Shine (2013)

Strength (2014)

Depth (2015)

Mend (2016)

Magic (2017)

Surrender – Part Two  (2018)

Soften (2019)

How do you choose a Word of the Year for yourself?

Your word takes the place of a New Year’s Resolution. It’s a word that embodies what you want to be/think/feel/do. Something that you can apply in little ways throughout your life instead of a concrete goal that involves either failure or success. It’s a theme, a lantern in the darkness, your guiding light.

How do you choose?

Ask yourself what you need. Right now and going into the new year, what do you need? My word almost always forms from that question. If that word doesn’t immediately resonate with you, check with a thesaurus and see if one of the words associated with it does. Ask yourself what qualities can help you achieve that thing that you need.

Make a Word List. Write down all of the words that are calling out to you right now. They can be random words, don’t overthink it, just let the words release and flow out.

Write down your goals. If you are someone that likes to make a lot of goals or resolutions, write them all down and then see if there’s a theme that’s connecting them. Maybe your word needs to ‘motivation’ so that you can tackle all of those things and get them done or ‘fit’ to inspire you to move more.

Who do you want to be? I think it’s common to want to turn over a new leaf. I can name several qualities I want to cultivate within myself. What qualities or traits do you want to bring into your life? Let your word inspire you to be that thing.

Don’t overthink it. My word sometimes takes me a while to figure it out. I usually start thinking about it in the beginning of December and sometimes it doesn’t come to me until I’m halfway through January. Your word will feel right. You’ll know it when you find it.

Let it find you. If there’s a word you just feel drawn to – even if it doesn’t make sense right now, take a leap of faith and go with it.

100 Word Suggestions!

Here are some words that might resonate with you!

  • Discover 
  • Steady
  • Simplify
  • Valued
  • Trust
  • Immerse
  • Inspire
  • Bravery
  • Complete
  • Visible
  • Confidence
  • Radiant
  • Motivation
  • Loyalty
  • Feel
  • Gentleness
  • Healing
  • Home
  • Believe
  • Ease
  • Worth
  • Adapt
  • Emergence
  • Courage
  • Heard
  • Depth
  • Stability
  • Accomplished
  • Improve
  • Capable
  • Boldness
  • Fullness
  • Give
  • Wholehearted
  • Begin
  • Sacred
  • Adventure
  • Boundaries
  • Mindfulness
  • Space
  • Unconditional
  • Tend
  • Connection
  • Daring
  • Progress
  • Determination
  • Cherished
  • Love
  • Enlightened
  • Build
  • Prayer
  • Quiet
  • Vision
  • Communication
  • Reset
  • Clarity
  • Spirituality
  • Forward
  • Blessed
  • Abundance
  • Free
  • Dependable
  • Rebuild
  • Heart
  • Family
  • Gratitude
  • Service
  • Light
  • Slow
  • Bliss
  • Survivor
  • Travel
  • Explore
  • Softness
  • Cultivate
  • Self-Acceptance
  • Encourage
  • Fit
  • Authentic
  • Change
  • Wellness
  • Embrace
  • Patience
  • Tender
  • Available
  • Relax
  • Hope
  • Seek
  • Celebrate
  • Direction
  • Passion
  • Thankful
  • Truth
  • Transformation
  • Peace
  • Intention
  • Start
  • Reflection
  • Breathe
  • Delight
  • Better
  • Dedicated
  • Recovery
  • Express
  • Kindness
  • Present
  • Self-Care
  • Faith
  • Power
  • Forgiveness
  • Learn
  • Fearless
  • Potential
  • Renewal
  • Rest
  • Transparency
  • Open
  • Uplift
  • Consistency
  • Receptivity
  • Unstoppable
  • Devotion
  • Tranquil
  • Dream
  • Journey
  • Uniqueness
  • Commitment
  • Yes
  • Thrive
  • Bright
  • Become
  • Rise
  • Unafraid
  • Calm
  • Grace
  • Listen
  • Friendship
  • Organized
  • Whole
  • Persistence
  • Aware
  • Body-Love
  • Honesty
  • Empower
  • Intuition
  • Joy
  • Compassion
  • Teach
  • Creativity
  • Growth
  • Glowing
  • Play
  • Grounded
  • Centered
  • Sparkle
  • Balance
  • Align
  • Motion
  • Challenged
  • Relationships
  • Nourish
  • Zen
  • Oneness
  • Focus
  • Integrity
  • Release
  • Distance
  • Expand
  • Support
  • Wise
  • Happiness
  • Foundation
  • Finish
  • Soul
  • Stillness
word of the year

What’s your word of the year for 2020?

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