At the beginning of these ten prompts, you chose a word to reflect on the year past. Now we’re going to do the same thing. This time, though, the focus is on the year ahead. What do you want for your life this year? Your business?
Words of the Year are the strongest when they are actions or a state of being – when they are something you must do, or a way you want to be, in order to consider the following year successful. Your word will be your mantra, and your touchstone. When you’re searching for meaning in something, apply your word. If you’re trying to make a decision, ask yourself if the choice will help you stay aligned with the word. If not, choose something else. One of my favourite sites for looking up words is Wordnik. Make sure you look up the word you choose to ensure that it makes sense!
My word for 2012, the year after I left my husband, was Awakening. I wanted to be awake to my life and the changes happening within it. To hold myself accountable for remaining present. When I veered off that path, things went seriously awry. I had to come back to that place of eyes and heart open and awake, in order to feel that I was reaching my goals to be successful. I had to actively seek opportunities to be further awakened to myself and the parts of myself I had made small and quiet in the course of my marriage.
What is your word? Will you declare it for us all to see? I’d love to see the intentions you all have for this year!
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I’m a communicator. That’s a PC way of saying I like to talk, but I also spend a lot of my time listening, and over the years, I’ve developed a sense for subtext – how one or two words can change your entire message, what people are really trying to say and how to weave the varied layers of your story into one cohesive brand message that your clients fall in love with.
When I'm not acting as editor in chief for Vivid & Brave, you can find me geeking out over words here.
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trying to decide between “release” and “passion”
release, to me, means to let go of… of my perfection expectations, my negative habits, my clutter…
passion would signify a desire to thrive. will this inspire me, do I love it, is it in line with my life desires..?
tough choice. I can see both being instrumental, but they seem at opposite ends of the spectrum… very indicative of my personality. and to me it seems perhaps I’d need one to have the other? can I choose two words? 😉
You sure can! Maybe your decision making question is a two parter! 😉
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