My word of the year generally makes itself known to me around the end of November or start of December. This year, it was much harder to tease it out. There were a lot of thoughts swirling around in my head, and I reached November feeling pretty battered and bruised.
Illuminate proved to be a lot more intense that I had anticipated, and I knew that I needed to really absorb and live the big lessons I learnt, to stand more fully in my power, to reclaim my sovereignty. I felt the need, too, to step up and show up – there are so many ways in which I still hold myself back, allowing my inner critic, Prissy Missy, to have full reign over deciding what I can and cannot do.
And at the same time, I felt the need for some gentleness in the way the year unfolds.
Finding a word that embraces all of these asks wasn’t easy, and when the word first appeared, I didn’t think it was “the one”. But as I worked through various words, teasing out what they mean to me, they all fell flat. And this word kept rising up to the surface. As I started writing about it, the floodgates of feelings, associations, and emotions opened up, and I knew it was The Word.
That’s my word for 2018.
It encompasses everything I was thinking of – bravery, sovereignty, just being, visibility, gentleness, beauty, and more.
I can’t wait to see what magic we create together!
What’s your word of the year? Do tell me in the comments!
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A very fulfilling word and somehow fits so well into my perception of you. Wishing you a year of blooming gracefully, MG 🙂
Thank you, Shailaja! Wish you a wonderful 2018, too! 🙂
Thank you! I wrote about a vision board on my blog today and thought of you while writing it 🙂
That’s such a lovely word – full of optimism and happiness and perhaps, because I associate it with flowers, colour and happiness too. Hope you have a wonderful New Year with all that word stands for and more.
I do need a dose of optimism and happiness this year! Thank you, and I wish you a wonderful new year too!
Ah that’s such happy word! I can already envison how positively it could affect someone. Looking forward to more color and cheer in your posts!
I hope so too – a year of deep joy; I need that! 🙂
BLOOM….such a beautiful word – something we need to do after years of holding ourselves back.
Wishing you a beautiful year ahead, Shinjini. a year that helps you really bloom in every aspect of your life!
Yes, and I have a lot of years of holding myself back and a lot of inner demons to wrestle before I can fully bloom! 🙂
Bloom! What a beautiful word! May hope, love, happiness and optimism bloom for you all over 2018.
Thank you! Wish you a wonderful 2018 too!
Bloom is an extremely positive word.
That’s a lovely word for the year, encompassing all your goals. And I loved the picture so much. Did you make it?
Yes, I love how it encompasses so much in such a positive and affirming way! And yes, I painted that as a reminder to myself to allow myself to bloom. 🙂
Bloom is a lovely word and seems so apt for you! I hope you bloom in 2018!
Thank you, Sanch! <3
Such a perfect word for you. May you bloom in everything you do!
I have a phrase for this year, to ‘create with confidence’, which also extends to share and promote your work with confidence and to not let self doubt pull you down.
Thank you, Aditi! And I love your phrase! May 2018 be the year when you stand tall in your confidence! <3
Oh that’s a lovely word. I like it. Bloom has such a freshness to it. My word is elusive this year – perhaps I’m not meant to have one or maybe I should choose Nice-Surprises!
Thank you, Suzy! I’m sure your word will come to you soon! 🙂
Mine is sparkle, as I wish to sparkle my joy and vibrant self and share the with everyone I can. I love Bloom, it really does encompass so much. You are such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing with #ablogginggoodtime
Sparkle is a beautiful word! Hope you have a sparkly 2018!! <3
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I hope 2018 blooms to the best for you Jini
Thank you so much!!