Choosing a word of the year is a simple way to orient yourself towards goals you want to accomplish. This year, my word of the year is Nourish. Find out why in this post.
It’s been several years since I’ve done a word of the year. But this year I really felt like I needed one.
Why a Word of the Year
Each Holiday season I take some time off. Time to reflect and read and celebrate…and sleep, if I’m being totally honest.
Running any type of creative online business is sort of a 24/7 kinda job.
It’s a job I love. And I feel absolutely blessed that it’s what I get to do everyday.
But as it is with any creative endeavour, if time isn’t taken to refill the tank, weariness and, dare I say, burn out, can creep in.
When I first started blogging, choosing and sharing a word of the year was “the thing” that everyone did in the New Year. It was sort of this easier-than-resolutions way to keep focus. But as social media became a little more prevalent, a lot of personal conversations moved there. And for a lot of us, the word of the year sort of just faded away.
This year though, I really felt like I needed one.
And I thought I’d share this with you, in case you needed one too.
So, why did I choose the word nourish for my word?
Well, just before the holidays, as I was preparing to take that time off, it sort of just came to me. Not in a woo-woo weird way. Just a soft little nudge as I was scheduling my email auto-responder and wrapping up projects for the Holidays.
So, I took some time to reflect on why that word might make sense.
The last few years have been really, really good.
I mean, I have an incredible husband and three amazing kids. We live in a beautiful, safe and warm home. I have a business and people that I love (that would include you, dear reader). I got to write a book. A real, honest-to-goodness published with an amazing publisher, book. (It will be out next fall, so don’t worry about missing it!)
At times, though the last few years have also been really, really hard.
The bank made a error when we bought this house, and forgot to include a recurring fee in our projected mortgage payments. We didn’t find out until we started making those mortgage payments. Unfortunately, they wouldn’t do anything about it, so we struggled for quite awhile. Then they made another mistake calculating our property tax payment about a year ago, which we didn’t find out about until this past fall when we had to pay out of pocket for their mistake. Such is life though sometimes, right?
In some personal areas, things were hard too.
I sometimes envy the younger moms who are doing this online business thing. I mean, when your kids are little, you can share about their temper tantrums and meltdowns and why you’re having the sleepless nights. But when your kids get older and they struggle, their struggles are not yours to share with the world at large anymore.
And when there are struggles with other adults in your life, their stories – although woven into yours – just aren’t yours to share either.
And so it has been on and off, since we moved to this house. Just life stuff.
Honestly, Dean and I are fine. Our kids are fine. I am fine. I just haven’t done much to truly look after myself lately. I’ve been running and running and breaks have been few and far between. I’ve gained a significant amount of weight and I get tired far too easily.
So, in 2020 I need to figure out how to do a better job of taking care of my mind, body and soul. I’m not quite sure what that all looks like yet. Likely, it will look like scheduling more devotional time, some workout time (with music blasting!) and I’m not sure what else. January is a good time for me to figure it out, since it’s still cold and grey here and I like to ponder things in the quiet of winter.
With Nourish as my word of the year, hopefully I will be able to do what I need to properly (not too much and not too little) take care of me, so that spills out onto everything and everyone else around me too.
How to Choose a Word of the Year
Essentially you want to choose a word that is personal to you. It should embody the overall feeling or goal you want to have for the year. It should remind you of what you want to accomplish and how you want to live, work and play.
If you’ve struggled in the past year, maybe you want to remember to focus on the good things. Words like thankful and hope are good ones.
If you’ve just finished a successful year, maybe you want to keep on going with that. So, words like thrive and work might be for you.
Or maybe you just want to focus more on how you personally feel. Maybe peace or accept will be great for you in 2020.
Spend a little time thinking and mulling over words to see which one resonates with you most.
How I’m Going to Keep My Word of the Year Front and Center
I don’t know about you, but I can be really bad at remembering things. I have lists and post-it notes everywhere.
So, when I decided on a word of the year, my next thought was “how on earth am I going to remember this?” 😉
Then, as they often do when I’m thinking at my desk, my eyes wandered away from my computer screen and saw this little blank space above my computer, just below the clock. I remembered some vintage looking synonym cards I made a few years ago and thought something like that would fit perfectly.
I just printed my word on cream colored card stock and then aged the edges with a little Distress Ink. You could totally tea dye or coffee dye the edges for that aged look too.
Where to Post Your Word of the Year
To help you remember to focus on your word of the year, you could:
- write it on your mirror
- print it and frame it on your desk
- make a screensaver for your desktop or laptop
- use it as wallpaper on your phone
- post it anywhere and everywhere that you will see it!
Word of the Year Ideas for You
I wanted to give you some ideas for a word of the year, in case you wanted to do this too. So, I created a free printable list of words that you can download from our free vault.
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