Word for the New Year

January 4th, 2012

Have you chosen a word for the year? Something to focus on? I'm not much of a resolution person, but I do like choosing a word to focus on. It's been one of my practices for the last few years. One year, I chose the word Leap, another year was Commit, last year was Metamorphosis. Each year, I make some kind of art to go along with my word and hang it where I can see, where it can serve as a reminder as the months pass by.

This year, I pondered for a long time before choosing the word Love. I want to remember to love all the little and big moments throughout the year, to infuse all I do with love, to send love out to those I meet, and to put love into what I do. And I want to also remember to love myself because this being a new mommy thing is hard work! :-)

Do you have a word for the year or some other ritual for beginning a new year?

If you're looking for another way to dive into a new year, I highly recommend Goddess Leonie's 2012 workbook!

31 Responses

Curiosity! As in: I am the most curious of all to see what I will do next. Alice in Wonderland

PEACE is my Word and Be OK is my theme

Oh and yes I concur Goddess Leonie’s anything. I can’t believe I functioned outside of the Circle before :)

I’m so happy to see this word for the New Year. I’ve been waiting for it. I am repeating my word from last year. Freedom. I will work on a blog post for it. Thank you. Happy New Year Everyone.

I’ve never chosen a word for a year, but after reading a couple amazing posts like this, I think I may have to! I’ll think about it today and let you know what I choose :)

I think my word for the new year is LEARNING … I want to continue to learn to paint, learn new techniques, and most of all, learn to get out of my own way and just let the work appear. Happy New Year to all. The energy and work that was generated by the Art Everyday for a Month challenge just continues to flow into the new year. I look forward to sharing and learning with this great community.

What a powerful word, Leah! Wishing you all the best for 2012 and with a word like that I know you’ll attract much abundance. hugs xoxo

Love is the perfect word as a new mum… that first year is so insanely hard and wonderful and exhausting and crazy and all that good stuff… I am choosing a word fr the first time… and it is embrace… I am determined to embrace all that comes my way, especially if it is George Clooney… I wouldn’t mind embracing him!!!!

Great word choice, Leah! As I’m dealing with continuing medical issues this year, I’m thinking my word for 2012 will be HEALING.

My word is “Focus”. I’m really bad at getting sidetracked and leaving a bunch of things unfinished. My read about a new craft/hobby and head off the get what I need before finishing what I had been working on. My husband always tells me “focus, focus!” One of my resolutions is to finish what I start and everything already started… so I think that is a good word to help me do that.

I have it and I LOVE it! Goddess Leonie is lovely. My word is “expansion” and my husband and I chose it together as we want to start a family this year… Wish us luck!

Love the word LOVE! Mine is RENEWAL! :) So many parts of me need to be brought back to life.

I’m going to have more balance in my life in Body, Mind, & Spirit. So I plan to balance out my yoga, jogging, stretching, with my meditation, visualization, with my religious/spiritual practices.

In the past, I tend to do much more of one and much less of the other so I’ll try to balance them all out in a healthy way.

So, my 2012 Word for the New Year is: BALANCE

LOVE is a many splendoured word! ;)

My WotY is CONNECT. I love this practice as well – so much better than resolutions and full of surprises in how it shows itself…

I chose patiences.

My word is ‘patience’. I struggle with being patient with myself. I struggle with learning to be patient with my parents whose aging is taking its toll. I struggle to be patient because I am often a house on fire in all I say, think or do. This year I want to learn to be patient – to be calmer, open myself up to possibilities that my impatience has prevented me accessing. Patient – patience. That is my focus which I hope will lead to a better sense of self, a stronger JOY and the peace of mind to enjoy all that comes my way. Cheers

It took me awhile, but I finally chose my word. PURPOSE. It has lots of meanings for me. Now I just need to create something that represents it well. I’m really excited for this new year!

Oh! I remember Leap! *smile*
My word for 2012 is expansive (deeper than the ocean/higher than the sky)

Mine is a phrase: profound self-care.

my word for the year is SURPRISE – I want to look for surprises and expect surprises and let go of expectations.

I see that I am still stuck in expectations as I expect surprises… oh welll it is a process..& this is day 6… :-)

I love this idea! The first word that came to my mind was ‘healthy’. This year my focus will be healthy relationships, a healthy body and home, healthy finances and a healthy mindset! I have my goddess workbook and I’m excited for this year!! Happy 2012:)

Oh wowow, that video was chilling/beautiful. Speachless! Thank you!!

My word is going to be SAVE. Meet my saving goals financially. Save on energy and resources. And save some time for myself.

Beautiful pic of your word! My word for 2012 is Cherish. I’ve used it in a couple of blog posts, but nothing as pretty as your Love.

I decided, just before ney year’s to choose Commit as my word this year. I have a lot of work to do in various areas of my life, but Work sounds unfriendly to me, Commit is somehow, kinder. Then reading through the comments here, I say the word Focus and I thought, now maybe that’s what I really intended as I lose focus so easily. However, I am going to stick with Commit as it is applicable in many areas and can almost be used as an alternative to focus.
In fact, I will be Comitting to Focus!!

Last year my word was “Freedom”. There has been progress, but not as much as I had hoped for.

For the year 2012, my word is “Remember”. It is in honor of those like my grandma, who had Alzheimer’s, and my great-grandmother, who had a malignant brain tumor (as did her oldest daughter and oldest grandson). As I struggle to remember things in the now, forgetting words in the middle of a sentence and more, wondering if family history has made its presence known in my present, I refuse to claim Alzheimer’s disease and brain tumors. I will fight to regain what has been lost.

I am working to remember in another way. I will remember those that have gone before me. I will write their stories.

Productive. We’ve decided that the word we’re picking for 2012 is going to be Productive. We have a lot to get done…and we intend to have fun doing it!

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My word is balance. I just wrote about it on my blog!

Thanks for your inspiration!!!

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