I took a three year break from picking my one word for the year. As you know, I’ve had some ups and downs, as well as mental health issues. But I’m finally starting to feel like myself. A me I didn’t really know existed before. A stronger, more self-assured me.
This was inspired by my friend Melanie over at Southern Melle. Melanie, in turn was inspired by Alece at OneWord365.com. The idea is to come up with your “theme” for the year, or as Alece puts it:
Forget New Year’s Resolutions. Scrap that long list of goals you won’t remember three weeks from now anyway.
Choose just one word.
One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live. One word that you can focus on every day, all year long.
It will take intentionality and commitment, but if you let it, your one word will shape not only your year, but also you. It will become the compass that directs your decisions and guides your steps.
Discover the big impact one word can make.
Why did I pick peace? I had named 2011 my “year of no fear“. 2012 was a year of extreme fear, which led me to pick “courage” as my one word for 2013. Once I learned to conquer many of my fears I needed to gain some self-confidence, which was my word for 2014. I learned not to second guess myself and to own my decisions. 2015 was the year for hope. During that year I practiced believing, even in the absence of proof, that things would get better. And what do you know, they did!! Brave was my word for 2016. I decided to keep it going for the next two years. Now I think I can be brave without the word as a reminder. Now it is time for me to be brave enough to find my own peace.
2019 is my year for peace. Inner peace to trust the present and have hope for the future. Peace to bite my tongue when words are not helpful. Peace to trust my inner voice, but not unravel if I don’t get my way. Peace to change what I have control over and accept what I don’t.
What is your word for the new year?