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!
Still to find your word of the year? Download the Decoding the Year workbook – it’s designed to help you reflect on the year gone by, plan for the year to come, and choose a word for the year!