The practice of choosing a 'word of the year' vs a resolution is pretty popular nowadays. I started opting in for a word of the year instead of a list of resolutions or goals a few years ago. That year I allowed one word to become my guide for the entire year. It would remind me of my intentions, but also acted as a touchstone and a reminder for me as the year passed.
I've made goals and resolutions in the past and sure enough, I would forget or loose steam by mid March when life began to get busy again. (Plus, the month of March is always a hard one for me!)
We all know words are very powerful; one simple word can provide many different emotions, images or responses between two people.
Choosing one word is a simple and powerful way to shape your year.
It takes the pressure off of what you think you should be doing, and allows you to be more present with your sense of "being" or your emotions. These last few years, I've really been trying to focus on being rather doing. And while I still accomplish a lot, I am reminded that the way I feel is actually way more important than the things I do.
Choosing a word for the year helps me remember to be mindful, and when I feel overwhelmed I am reminded to go back to my core word, the word that initially sparked something in me in the first place.
Choosing a word of the year is easy. You can try Christine Kane's Word of the Year Discovery Tool, or come up with your own! I usually feel my word of the year creeping up around early December and sit with it for a little while before officially deciding. Your word can stem from your goals, emotions or intentions. Try to choose a word that brings a positive emotional response to you!
So what word did I choose for my year?
I choose the word DISCOVER.
Because that word excites the hell out of me.
Because I love to learn. And I have this understanding that everything and every part of us is always unfolding and always expanding and there is *no* way I'm not going to hop on board that.
Because I'm in a cabin in the woods! I'm surrounded by plants, trees, and birds that I don't know the name of yet! There are mountain trails I've never seen or explored. Rocks and bones I haven't gathered yet..
Because I can't get to those mountain trails just yet.. I have a ROOM full of books that I lugged up the mountain with me.
Because I have a lot of time on my hands and it won't be wasted.
Because I want to donate all my books by the end of the year. Which means I want to read them all. (Or at least try.)
Because I have so many art supplies, and so much wood to paint on. And so many things to paint.
Because I want to get better at my art. Because I want to learn new ways of doing things. Because I want to discover new tools and techniques, and because I want to discover my voice as an artist.
Because we have a trailer/tiny home to build! Because I want to discover how in the world to install plumbing and electricity.. How to build my dream home.
Because I want to discover the delight that is solar power, composting toilets and self sufficiency. Because I want to live tiny, and give up all the things that don't really matter.
Because I want to take the glory out of being always busy and stressed.. and instead focus on a constant state of unfolding and the excitement that is discovery.
Here's to 2016. A year of discovery.
What about you? Have you chosen your goals or word for this new year?