I first heard of “word of the year” concept on Instagram community. As I learned about how it works and what it means, I found that everyone feels a lot better and freer with the word of the year concept and happy to ditch the new year resolutions concept. Here’s what I gathered and understood so far from these two concepts:
New Year Resolutions: Tend to be specific goals that one wants to achieve in that year. Usually you could hear people announcing things like “I want to lose some weight this year” or “I want to go skydiving” or “I want to run a marathon this year” etc.
Word of the year: Focuses more on “one word”, the word is carefully chosen by you and that word will act as a guide or mantra throughout the year. It can also act as a reminder, guidance to achieve various goals that year etc.
Word of the year
How the word works is quite personal to you, as you get to pick the word based on your goals, dreams and lifestyle. This is why I think that a lot of people prefer this concept to making New Year resolutions. The versatility and the ability to choose a word and then sticking to it for the whole year fascinated me especially that it takes some discipline to stick to the chosen word, also because I’m not into new year resolutions.
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”C.S. Lewis
So, I decided to choose one word. When I first started, I was overwhelmed with so many words that can fit into so many areas in my life that I want to tackle. Slowly but surely, I found my word. The trick is to lay all the words out and just follow your heart. Last year in 2019, I picked “simplicity”. It was a great choice for me as I felt it was so right and at the right time as I embraced a slow living lifestyle. I simplified so many things in my life, from materials to my own thoughts and how I get things done.
My word choice for 2020
This year, I felt that I wanted to take it up a notch. I had a long think about it, and it became a light bulb moment when I was sitting next to my daughter while we were watching The Lion King. The words “Hakuna Matata” (It means no worries) seems to jump out at me. I decided to put it into one word — “Serenity”. The meaning of this word is “the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled”.
It felt right immediately, I think it is because I foresee some changes this year in our family life like my eldest is starting compulsory school, and I may go back to full time job that will lead to schedule changes in our daily life etc. Naturally I am a worrier so when there are about to be changes, it is when I worry the most. It’s annoying how I have thoughts after thoughts in my mind just worrying. Can you relate? Hence why, this word is so important to act as a reminder for me throughout the year.
With some calmness in my mind, I will worry less (I sure hope so). I go to meditation to achieve calmness and also activities that help slow my mind down like going for a walk, creative work such as writing and drawing. I’ve no doubt my family and I will take a little time to adjust to the changes but not all changes are bad, right? I always believe that changes are what help us move forward and become better. With that I hope to achieve stability and calmness throughout the year.
Tips for finding your word
This one word concept is so amazing because it can be personalised to our own vision, goals and lifestyle. Hence why I think everyone should give this a try especially if resolutions are not your kind of thing. If you find it hard to pick a word. You may try this:
- Write all the words down that come to your mind when you think of the year 2020.
- Pick a few that stands out to you and write down what each word means to you and why it can possibly be the word for the year 2020.
- Read what you’ve written and just follow your heart on which word feels the most right.
If you by any chance need two words, I would say go for it. I don’t believe that you can’t have two words to guide you for the year. Maybe some of us have a word for personal life and another word for creative work or business. In fact, I believe for some of us the word of the year changes because our life always has changes, some are changes we foresee, and some are not. I think one of the best things about word of the year concept is that you can change the word that feels right in your life from that point to the rest of the year. So, don’t be afraid to personalize a word for yourself.
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”George Eliot
I also strongly suggest writing the word down somewhere where you can see it every day. It acts as a reminder on why you picked the word and it will help you stay the course throughout the year to achieve your goals all year long.
I’m happy with this concept so far having started it last year. I hope you will explore this concept and choose a word and hopefully you will like it too. I’m happy with my chosen word for this year, I’m also excited and grateful for what 2020 will bring. If you are already familiar with this concept, what is your word of the year? Do you prefer this concept or new year resolutions? Let me know in the comments below.
Best wishes for 2020!
Lastly, I would like to wish you all a fantastic year and start of a wonderful decade. I would also like to thank you for your continuous support on my blog, I’m truly grateful for your read, comments and kind words! Happy 2020! 🙂
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