How to Choose Your Word of the Year + 175 Suggestions

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 Workbook + 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)

What’s my word for this year?

Surrender. Again. It’s time. I’m feeling pulled in so many directions on so many many levels and I’m feeling the call to surrender to it. To let the Universe guide me in the direction that is right for me. To stop swimming against the current and lay back, floating, and let it move me.

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!

  1. Discover word of the year
  2. Steady
  3. Simplify
  4. Valued
  5. Trust
  6. Immerse
  7. Inspire
  8. Bravery
  9. Complete
  10. Visible
  11. Confidence
  12. Radiant
  13. Motivation
  14. Loyalty
  15. Feel
  16. Gentleness
  17. Healing
  18. Home
  19. Believe
  20. Ease
  21. Worth
  22. Adapt
  23. Emergence
  24. Courage
  25. Heard
  26. Depth
  27. Stability
  28. Accomplished
  29. Improve
  30. Capable
  31. Boldness
  32. Fullness
  33. Give
  34. Wholehearted
  35. Begin
  36. Sacred
  37. Adventure
  38. Boundaries
  39. Mindfulness
  40. Space
  41. Unconditional
  42. Tend
  43. Connection
  44. Daring
  45. Progress
  46. Determination
  47. Cherished
  48. Love
  49. Enlightened
  50. Build
  51. Prayer
  52. Quiet
  53. Vision
  54. Communication
  55. Reset
  56. Abundance
  57. Free
  58. Dependable
  59. Rebuild
  60. Heart
  61. Family
  62. Gratitude
  63. Service
  64. Light
  65. Slow
  66. Bliss
  67. Survivor
  68. Travel
  69. Explore
  70. Softness
  71. Cultivate
  72. Self-Acceptance
  73. Encourage
  74. Fit
  75. Authentic
  76. Change
  77. Wellness
  78. Embrace
  79. Patience
  80. Tender
  81. Available
  82. Relax
  83. Hope
  84. Seek
  85. Celebrate
  86. Direction
  87. Passion
  88. Thankful
  89. Truth
  90. Transformation
  91. Peace
  92. Intention
  93. Start
  94. Reflection
  95. Breathe
  96. Delight
  97. Better
  98. Dedicated
  99. Recovery
  100. Express
  101. Kindness
  102. Present
  103. Self-Care
  104. Faith
  105. Power
  106. Forgiveness
  107. Learn
  108. Fearless
  109. Potential
  110. Renewal
  111. Consistency
  112. Receptivity
  113. Unstoppable
  114. Devotion
  115. Tranquil
  116. Dream
  117. Journey
  118. Uniqueness
  119. Commitment
  120. Yes
  121. Thrive
  122. Bright
  123. Become
  124. Rise
  125. Unafraid
  126. Calm
  127. Grace
  128. Listen
  129. Friendship
  130. Organized
  131. Whole
  132. Persistence
  133. Aware
  134. Body-Love
  135. Honesty
  136. Empower
  137. Intuition
  138. Joy
  139. Compassion
  140. Teach
  141. Creativity
  142. Growth
  143. Glowing
  144. Play
  145. Grounded
  146. Centered
  147. Sparkle
  148. Balance
  149. Align
  150. Motion
  151. Challenged
  152. Relationships
  153. Nourish
  154. Zen
  155. Oneness
  156. Focus
  157. Integrity
  158. Release
  159. Distance
  160. Expand
  161. Support
  162. Wise
  163. Happiness
  164. Foundation
  165. Finish
  166. Clarity
  167. Spirituality
  168. Forward
  169. Blessed
  170. Rest
  171. Transparency
  172. Open
  173. Uplift
  174. Soul
  175. Stillness

What’s your word of the year for 2018?

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