Adios 2019, Hello 2020 - How to Choose your One Word of Intention this New Year!
Updated: Jan 3
Holy smokes! And just like that, WHOOOOSH another year is in the books.
🎶It's the most wonderful time of the year🎶...and no, I am NOT talking about Christmas!
The holidays are great and all (well, besides spending tons of money, cooking all the time, and entertaining everyone), but there is a certain level of stress and frantic busyness that always come along with all the festive celebrating...
So what's the most wonderful time of the year?...
I'm talking about THE NEW YEAR, baby!!
Why do I love it so much? (besides the excuse to have some vino, like I needed that anyway)
Well, I guess it feels like a blank page is waiting for me...it's a time to realign with what I am about and what I'd like to see manifest in my life.
It's kind of like a "reset" button in many ways giving me a new, shiny, fresh start (and I can leave behind all the "hang-xiety" morning memories after too many glasses of wine and what embarrassing things I did and said #truestory 🍷🤦🏻♀️🍷).
I also cherish this time of year because I give myself space and time to really reflect on the past year and to envision what I want to bring forth in my life and who I want to be in the upcoming year.
New Year's Resolutions??
Nope, I don't set "resolutions" like many people do...honestly, because I know by January 2nd at 11 am I will be beating myself up for sneaking a cookie or some other meaningless activity...
...anything that feels restrictive, confining, and a "have to" in my book is NO freaking BUENO!!
So, what I've found works best for me is to find ONE WORD that I intend to embody or focus on for the year as a constant reminder of what I want to create more of in my life.
I also spend quite a bit of time alone getting clear on what my vision is for the new year and then sharing them with my hubs and family. (I'll share more about that in a future post soon!)
With words like Love, Dream, Vision in the English language, how can you possibly choose one to symbolize your upcoming year??
Well, I'd love to share with you my process of narrowing down my ONE WORD....and how I practically and easily integrate it in my daily life so it can hopefully help you too.
1. Get Centered and Visualize
The very first step is to take some quiet, alone time for yourself so you can really be present and focus on your past year's successes and shortcomings and then envision what your dream life looks like in 2020.
I often do a short, reflective meditation and then spend a few minutes simply visualize what my best life looks like (Don't know how to meditate yet? Well, I'll be writing more about this powerful practice later, so in the meantime just sit quietly in a calm, dimly-lit, cozy place, close your eyes, breathe, and don't fall asleep! 😴).
2. Write Down Wins/Misses of the Year and Vision for Upcoming Year
Once I have taken the time to have a clear vision, I start writing down my thoughts on "My One Word Worksheet" about the previous year and what I hope for in the New Year. (The first two boxes in the worksheet below)
3. Brainstorm "One Word" Possibilities
Next, I write down a list of words that I want to either emulate or bring forth in the New Year...I've created a "My Word Brainstorm Sheet" you can use to simplify the process if that helps! (Click here to have it sent to your inbox)
(Sorry, unfortunately, the word should not be a bad word, unless it's "badass", then it's totally cool)
If you are using my super handy brainstorm sheet above, then simply read the words and either highlight, star or circle the words that seem to resonate with you the most.
4. Write Down Finalist Words and Choose the Final "One Word"
From there you will want to write down your finalists on your "My One Word Worksheet" and then narrow down the ONE WORD that really speaks to your heart...that truly embodies what you have envisioned.
(On a side note, many people have a hard time narrowing it down to one word...honestly, there is no right way to do this exercise. If you want to choose a few words and then every 3-4 months focus on a new word, then, by all means, do that, you rockstar!!! Do what works for you!)
See, choosing your ONE WORD is not a difficult and time-consuming process (heck, I think it's fun - don't doubt my fun factor!), and if you want to make it even easier, you can get both of these free ONE WORD PRINTABLES HERE!
Throughout the New Year, think about your word on a daily basis and constantly ask yourself if your actions and feelings are in alignment with your ONE WORD.
If they aren't, then take action and realign right away. Truly feel your word and do something that embodies the meaning of your word. Become your ONE WORD.
I promise it will help you truly stay focused on what your vision is for the New Year!
Stay tuned because I'll be giving you more "deets" (is this word still cool to say 🤷🏻♀️) about how to incorporate your ONE WORD into your life to ensure that 2020 is your best year "EVAH"!!
So until then, a toast to your ONE WORD and cheers to you SLAYING IT in 2020!🥂
*PSA - And remember, it's always okay to have a glass of wine while working on your life, or any time for that matter.*
I've got tons of cool stuff to share, I promise, you'll be glad you did!!! *