If you haven't chosen a "Word of the Year" yet, then you need one asap.
I was first introduced to the Word of the Year concept back in 2012 when I became a health coach. Having a Word of the Year is a really fun way to set your intentions and theme for the New Year, or any other life event for that matter.
Instead of a rigid resolution, a Word of the Year is your constant (yet gentle) reminder to focus on creating positive change.
Use your Word of the Year to help guide your decisions and continue moving towards what you want.
The first step to creating anything you want is to identify self-awareness and specific intention(s). A Word of the Year will set you in the right direction by bringing more awareness to your intentions.
Your Word of the Year sets an intention, a theme per se, for how you want your year to flow.
Picking a Word of the Year is an excellent way to do this. You may just have one word that really sticks out to you for your 2019 theme, if that's the case, just choose one. Or, you might have a group of words or set of themes that you want to set as your intention—it's totally up to you.
How to choose your Word of the Year:
- Grab a piece of paper and make two columns. On one side, write down everything that went well over the past year. On the other side, write what you would like to change.
- Review the side that lists what went well. How do these things make you feel? What do you want more of?
- Choose one to five words that really speak to how you want your year to feel. Nouns, verbs, anything works—just words that feel good to you. Don't get caught up in the grammar.
- Review them all together, then narrow it down to one that you know in your heart you need more of.
Then write your word on a pretty notecard and stick it to your bathroom mirror or anywhere else you'll see it every day. Some other ideas are on your car's sun visor, your office wall, or make it your computer desktop or phone wallpaper.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
This list is by no means all-inclusive, just some ideas to get your creative ideas flowing.
My word of the year for 2021 is Ease.
"Let it be easy" kept coming up for me when I reviewed 2020. We all know 2020 was a lot of things. Unexpected? Emotional? Explosive? Heartbreaking? Terrible, yet somehow good in some ways? Yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes.
Something that the pandemic, quarantine & world turmoil taught me was how much I unnecessarily overcomplicated some aspects of life. With no direction of where 2020 was going to go, I just started to tell myself "let it be easy." I stopped telling myself that things felt hard and lived in the present moment. I reminded myself that worrying about a future that hasn't happened yet only creates anxiety, and worrying about the past (where nothing can change) is a waste of time.
And you know what, that felt really good. The more I focused on "let it be easy," the easier it felt to navigate the world and life's changes. So for 2021, I'm continuing on with "let it be easy" as the world continues to change and morph into a new way of being.
I first wrote this post in 2019 and want to leave this paragraph here for anyone who wants to read from previous years. From the Archive: "My word for 2019 is Confident.
My initial list of words was expansive, open, aligned, joy, grateful, and confident. While I, of course, want more of all of these things—when I looked at my year ahead I knew that the area of most fear is the release of my forthcoming book (coming August 2019!). The cover, title and summary will be released shortly. I've always felt confident as a blogger, but a book with a major publisher is a totally different level. The ideation phase and writing process stretched me more than I could have imagined, which in the end was the biggest gift of 2018 because I know the final product will help so many people. With a book like this, there's more exposure, more scrutiny, and of course more people to help and connect with. Instead of fear, I'm choosing confidence. I can't wait to share it with you!"
If you'd like more healthy mindset advice, check out "5 Messy Yet Beautiful Life Lessons Every Woman Should Know" and more positive mindset posts here.
Over to you! I'd LOVE to know what your Word of the Year is and why you chose it. Leave it here in the comments to share it with our community. Speaking it into the Universe is a beautiful way to get things flowing.
Happy New Year!
My Beauty… It’s not one word but a simple phrase my Grandma Mary used to call me. That phrase always made me Smile, Feel Loved, feel Good about myself. It evokes so many memories, feelings, emotions. Grandma Mary, I miss you soo soo much!!
First time hearing about this "word of the year"! It honestly seems much more helpful than resolutions. Thanks for sharing and I love your blog.
I've been choosing a word for the year for many many years. Here are a few I've chosen and loved:
The amazing thing is that we chose 'Exuberance' for our word for 2020....Yikes , what a year it has been!
My word for 2020 is BEING. Being instead of doing. Being is an active and positive word for me. Being brave, aware, present, authentic, kind, organized, a good friend, open to change, focused on my health and wellness...
My word for the year is ......Balance
Several words listed in the word of the year pulled at the center of my core; however, I felt deeply that ACCOMPLISHED was the word for me. I am pursuing my goals this year and that 12 letter word will get me through these 12 months in 2019. I promise me, myself, and I that I will accomplish my goals.
Good one this
Was very tempted by Energized as I have M.E.
But actually, I have chosen Luminescent
the emission of light not caused by incandescence and occurring at a temperature below that of incandescent bodies.
the light produced by such an emission.
It has become more and more important to me over the years that I exist as a shining light, to guide the way forward in this messed up world of ours.
I think I am going with Confidence as my word for 2019
Dawn, love this! Wishing you total confidence in 2019 🙂 ~E
Word of year: Thinking very seriously and writing words when the word PRAYERFUL came to my mind. I believe in the power of prayer. I’ve seen it in action. That’s when it dawned on me my word was PRAYERFUL. I WILL BE MORE PRAYERFUL THIS YEAR. IT IS MY CALL TO ACTION. Thanks
Just discovered your blog. After the Lord miraculously healed a very dear friend who suddenly came down with an undiagnosed illnesses in October 2018, I choose the word "Thankful". Realising how quickly and without notice we can loose our loved ones, I just want to be thankful for my many daily blessings and the family and friends who surround me.
I am also thankful for your blog and the healthy recipes.
Margaret, thank you for this sweet comment. Glad to have you in our online community! ~E
Charlene L Stemen
My word for this year is awareness. Awareness of myself, others, situations, both mine and others feelings. Just be in the moment of awareness. I have been gifting myself a word every new years day for the last 10 years. I find they help me focus and accomplish my goals for the year.
I choose, Authentic! Being a mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend, co-worker, pet owner, you name it, it has been my joy and greatest gift to love and nurture those around me. However, in doing so, I tend to loose myself along the way. As I enter this year as a new "empty nester", it's time to look deep within and embrace my authentic self.!
I was promoted to a manager over our county on January 2nd. My word is inspire. I chose to be a leader that can inspire my County to do more, learn more and dream more.
Just found your blog and it's very inspirational. My word is Balanced. In the hope of balancing my work and personal life I'll get to focus on mind, body and health; in the process get creative and learn new things.
What a great idea. I feel I had to keep two words though as I need to desperately remind myself of both. They are confidence (funnily enough) and positivity. Wish me luck.
My word is confident.
Congratulations on your upcoming book Elizabeth! It's always a pleasure to read you.
Thanks, Elsa! Glad to have you here. ~E
As someone recovering from a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), I have trouble finding my words. So, the words Time & Patience will help me focus on giving myself plenty of both as I struggle to make myself heard. Practicing Gratitude is a wonderful intention for me as well!
Thanks for the inspiring idea!
Carol, Time & Patience are great words! Thanks for sharing. ~E
I love this concept! My word for 2019 is Balance. As a working Mom of 2 little girls (4 and 1), it can be difficult to find...
Julia, wishing you loads of balance this year! Thanks for sharing with us. ~E
As a woman in her "third act" and still loving my work, here are the words I keep close when I think others may be judging; Expertise, Energy, Enthusiasm, Empathy.
Hi Candida, thank you for sharing these with us! And don't EVER worry about what other people might think or if they are judging you. Judgment is just a mirror reflected back on someone's own beliefs of themselves. If they are "judging" you, they are just judging themselves. Don't let people live rent-free in your mind. Only you live your life, and you have a lot of life left to live. Enjoy it and be free! Expertise, Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy are coming your way in 2019. ~E
Be strong, Be happy, Be kind, Be generous, Be fearless - you get the idea 🙂
Love this idea! Thanks for sharing it. ~E
I love this post Elizabeth! I chose the word "Trust". Trusting that I am always being guided in the right direction 🙂
Nicole, Trust is a big one! We are always being guided. Thanks for sharing. ~E
Compassion, commitment, contentment, consideration and continuity are my words.
I feel that everything I have been working towards over the past few years is going to come to fruition and my life will be filled with love, laughter, health, joy and financial security this year.
Word of the year 2019 for me, cut down from a long list, is DECIDE. Even choosing the word was challenging, a ‘what if it isn’t the right word for me?’ Type thinking going on. It is a pattern that I often fall into, and it keeps me stuck in a sameness that I want to grow out of. So, I moved ‘Decide’ up to the top; without making a decision, for me everything else is just a rumination, a dream, a thought, an excuse to not step up and dare to make the change I want. This year will be next level!
My word is Celebratory/ Celebrate/Celebration. I teach little people and I want to celebrate all their accomplishments. I have a son graduating from high school and I want to make sure I celebrate his success and his next steps instead of dreading him moving on. I have a daughter learning to drive and I want to celebrate with her instead of focusing on the worry that comes with this big step. I want to celebrate all of these changes and have fun with them! Thank you for this wonderful idea, I look forward to a whole year of celebrations!! I plan to look for ways to celebrate each and every day!
Jennifer, yes! We all need to celebrate more. What a beautiful word to choose. Cheers to more celebrations in 2019! Thanks for sharing. ~E
My word for 2019 is movement. I've been sitting still for too long, just hanging by the wayside. I heard my spirit say "movement". Once I begin, I believe it will propel me forward to accomplish so much I've been hoping and dreaming for as a health coach.
Sandra, this is awesome. I love that you heard "movement." Sending you high vibes for loads of movement in 2019! ~E
Jo Ann McCready
My word of the year is HERO. I plan to be a hero to myself, and a hero to others. To lead by example and to assist others with care and compassion.
This is a lovely word and brilliant thing to want to do!!
Jo Ann, what a beautiful sentiment! Love the passion in your voice. ~E
And your ‘Superpower’ is being YOU! You do it better than anyone possibly can.
My words for the year are change, focus, renew, persevere, persistence, care, never quit!
Sy, love this! Thanks for sharing. ~E
As a fellow health coach, I think this is such a wonderful practice. Thank you for sending this out! I recently came upon your blog and love everything about it. My word for 2019 is Courageous. I am wanting to start my own blog/online business in 2019. Seven + months of research and now I just need to take the first step.
Megan, glad to have you here! Courageous sounds like the PERFECT word for you. Just take the first step, then keep focus on just the next step. You will create magic. ~E
Susie M Barolo
I love this, thank you! I chose the word JOY last year (2016) and am in the process of choosing what I call my "warrior word" for 2017 and reading your post leaves me inspired and smiling. =)
My words are abundant, healthy, exciting, positive, and glowing! Thank you so much! This was a great exercise!!
Just found your blog via IIN as thinking of joining their nutrition course..which starts today! Would you recommend it - I would love to hear your thoughts - ? I have no prior nutrition training, but passionate about healthy living. My words are happy, balanced, open-minded, passionate, and forward thinking!
Hi there! The IIN program is FANTASTIC, I highly recommend it! And love your words, thanks for sharing here 🙂
Great post, Elizabeth. My words are jazzy, visual, verbal, adventurous, calm.
Penny Gostlin Spickard
What a great idea! Balanced, healthy, whole, consistent.. These are my words for 2013
Great words! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Fantastic! GREAT word 🙂
Loving, Humble, Joyous, and Whole 🙂
Love your suggestion.
Balanced, Devout, Enlightened, Fovgiving, Grateful, Humbled, Of Service, and Spiritual!
My montra or word that inspires me for many years is "believe", for me it encompasses everything in my life. I have it tattooed on my wrist to remind me every day what I'm capable of and what I believe within myself. This word really resonates with who I am and what I can become.
That's SO beautiful, love it!
Success, stable, show stopper, head turner, passionate
I didn't read the suggested words because I wanted to be sure I came up with ones just for me.
Love it! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
as usual, love the post.. great for the new year, and i am not a fan of resolutions either.. i picked my words and just put them on my screensaver.. happy new year! xo
Thanks, Danielle! So glad you have them up on your screensaver, too. Happy New Year! xx
I have several! consistent, desire, fit, forgiving, free, grateful, healthy, happy, loving, peaceful, sexy, unstoppable, and whole!!!
Ok, Elizabeth...here are my words:
Aligned, Balanced, Creative, Educated, Glowing, Grateful, Healthy, Of Service on my Spiritual & Wellness Journey <3
Ok, ready Elizabeth...here are my words:
Aligned, Balanced, Creative, Educated, Glowing, Grateful, Healthy, Of Service on my Spiritual & Wellness Journey <3
Loved this exercise so much that I had to Pin It. I blogged my word of the year, FLOURISH, here http://wp.me/pSlxV-Oj
Ooh, love that word!
Yay! I love this! My words are going to be: whole, strong, classy, decisive & loyal.
Fantastic! Thanks for sharing 🙂
my word of the year is Enough