Back in 2012, I was DONE with New Years Resolutions. I just always struggled to keep them. And apparently, I’m not the only one.
Did you know that upwards of 92% of people who make Resolutions, drop them before the first month of the year is complete?
See the issue I have with New Years Resolutions is that they always seem to be rooted in unworthiness. They always feel like they are a means to an end. They kinda give me a bad taste in my mouth- just like those “Before/After” photos. I mean seriously, we are all on a Journey of life. There’s no ‘end’ until the end, ya know?
So back in 2012, I decided to try something different.
I chose a WORD.
At first I’ll admit, it was a little strange when people would ask me what my resolutions were and I’d be like: “My word for this year is….”
But now that it’s been 8 years in the making, I get so excited to just share what WORD choose me. As well as hear what others have chosen as their word.
I just feel like there is much more depth and emotional charge that can come from choosing a WORD to help lead your year.
For nothing more than entertainment here are the words I’ve used to help spark my Highest Self to show up Powerfully since 2012.
2012- PERSEVERE. The year I competed in my First BodyBuilding Show
2013-PAY IT FORWARD. The year I helped head a huge fundraiser for the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children. The Korn For Kids team & I raised over 10K that year! AMAZING!
2014- SIMPLICITY. The year I had my second burnout from over extending myself in various Pay It Forward Projects from the year before.
2015- LIMITLESS. The year I took my personal training online & Feed That Glow was born.
2016- CREATE. The year I hired my first business coach & learned so much about myself & how to build the foundations to go all in as an online brand- cue the imposture syndrome.
2017- GRIT. The year my whole world fell apart, broke me open & the recurring theme was loss. EVERYTHING was especially hard af that year.
2018-JOY. The year I decided that no matter what was happening around me, I could choose how I wanted to show up in it as JOY. Also the year we started attacking our debt from a healthy money mindset.
2019- EXPAND. This year my vision is to expand in ALL my relationships, including the women I serve online. This is the year I want to help women overcome their issues with food & body image. I want to teach women how to repair their relationship with bingeing on food & bingeing on overspending. #BreakingTheBinge
So you’re probably thinking- but how do I chose a word?
Here are a few tips to help you see if the word you choose is a fit for you.
- Reflect on what it is you want to create. How you want to live this year? What are you planning on BEing? Close your eyes and picture it all.
2. Write down words that feel like what you envisioned above. Words (or short phrases) that empower you. Do a complete brain dump on a sheet of paper. Then Narrow your list to a few. This practice gets easier and easier with every year, I promise.
3. Let it simmer. I legit let my WORD simmer for a few days. Actually, by allowing that space, you will feel which one is calling to you more.
4.Try it on for size. Close your eyes. Now say your word out loud. How does it feel in your body? Where do you feel it in your body? If it feels warm, like home, at peace in your body- then you may have found your word.
5. Share your WORD. Write it where you will see it everyday.
I have come to love this practice so much. In fact come December, my WORD usually just comes to me out of nowhere. I’ve been wearing my 2019 WORD on my wrist since October 2018.
Found your word? Share with me!