I decided to pick a word for this year. Several other people seem to be doing it and I figured, what the heck? It seems like a good way to bring focus for the year without having to invest in supplies or try to cram one more thing into what feels like an already overstuffed schedule.
In case you are wanting to sort out how to go about selecting your own word for the year, too, here’s what I did:
- Thought about the things I wanted to accomplish in the near future.
- Looked for a common theme among those things.
- Came up with a list of words to summarize the theme.
- Chose my word.
I didn’t write it down or do anything fancy. I thought it through in my head, because that’s just how I process things. When I finally got to the last step, the word I chose for 2019 is:
In 2019 I will work to discover my strengths, what brings me joy, why I feel a bit lost, how I can get back to feeling peace, and when to say “no.” I know none of that will be super easy, but having the word “discover” to help me focus should make it less daunting.
The runner-up word was “learn,” but saying I wanted to “learn” this year felt like the equivalent of praying for patience. I wasn’t sure what kinds of lessons I would have to learn and didn’t feel like finding out. 🙂