Saturday, January 28, 2012

2012 Word of the Year





I love the practice of choosing a word or phrase for the year. It helps me focus on my overall intention for the year and provides me with a guide post to refer back to as I choose where to focus my time and energy.


This year I struggled to settle on a word, unsure of exactly what I wanted 2012 to embody.


As I often do when grappling with a decision, I spent many hours writing in my journal and exploring what I want for this year.


First I thought my word might be shine. This year I want to step even more fully into my true self. In my work and in my life. I want to do so confidently and without apology. I definitely do want to shine this year but that's not all I want. And shine wasn't giving me the YES feeling that I want from my word of the year.


So I asked myself (a la Eat, Pray, Love), "What do I really, really, really, really, really want this year?"


More than anything I want to feel calm and relaxed. I want to go with flow. I want to feel like I'm present for all the moments of my life. I want to feel like I'm living my life on purpose not just being dragged along for the ride.


This brought me to two new words - play and plan, but that didn't feel right either. Mellow came to mind. The embodiment of ease. No word or words was feeling right and I was becoming frustrated. January was coming to an end - I needed to figure this out!


It dawned on me that my quest for the perfect word to describe what I wanted for 2012 was leaving me feeling the opposite of what I hoped for this year! So I sat back, took a few deep breaths, and decided to let go and trust that my word for 2012 would find me.


Eventually it came to me and, as I knew it would, it immediately felt like the right word for me.


My word of the year for 2012 is.............

LIGHT!

It encompasses the feeling I want to embody this year - carefree, joyful, relaxed - and my intention for business and life - to shine brightly.


What's your word of the year?


(Also, how fabulous is this for keeping your word of the year close?)

2 comments:

  1. i love light! so many beautiful possibilities for this! my word of the year is success because i'm opening my own business this year. last year was manifest since i was working on getting the foundation laid of my business. this year is all about it taking off!! :)

    can't wait to hear how it all turns out for you beautiful mindy! hugs!!

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    1. Thanks Melita! Sounds like an exciting year ahead for you! Can't wait to hear all about your new business adventures :)

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