I’ve been choosing a word of the year since five years – this is my sixth – and it has been an intensely transformative journey. Which is somewhat magical, really, considering that the very first word I chose for myself five years ago was Transform.
Words, after all, are spells. They have an inherent magic and power that can work in ways you may never have anticipated to bring you the exact medicine you need at any point of time. And Transform is a spell that’s been woven into the very fabric my life, impacting it far beyond just one year.
Which is why I don’t take the word of the year practice too lightly. I need to be clear on at least some aspects of what I’m drawing towards me with the word that I choose. perhaps for this reason, it was much harder for me to tease out the word for this year.
Flourish gifted me with some amazing new developments and beautiful pathways last year, which made me somewhat reluctant – and afraid – to let it go. But just as some of my words from previous years continue to reverberate through my life, perhaps Flourish will, too.
While contemplating my word of the year, I knew I wanted a word that would represent forward momentum, to build on some of the changes that last year brought. I also wanted a word that was more focused, active and powerful, rather than one that was more gentle and seemingly more laid-back.
I had an inkling of my word in mid-December, but it took me some time to contemplate a few different versions of it, before I finally settled on
That’s my word of the year. It’s active and powerful, calling for a deeply embodied and grounded way of showing up in the world. It feels like a statement of purpose, a clear-eyed clarion call for me to do the work so I can radiate…confidence, presence, gentleness, love, peace…into the world.
It asks for an anchoring of these feelings, requiring me to actively work on certain aspects of my psyche, which can be both deeply challenging and highly rewarding.
And though it is a little bit scary, it also feels just right, and I can’t wait to see what magic we create together!
Do you have a word of the year? Do share it with me in the comments!
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