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.............


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?)


  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!!

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